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Tom Cross

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Tom Cross
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Illinois House of Representatives District 97
Former member
In office
1993-2015
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Minority Leader, Illinois State House
2002-August 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sIllinois Wesleyan University, 1980
J.D.Cumberland Law School, 1983
Personal
Date of birthJuly 31, 1958
Place of birthNashville, TN
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Tom Cross (b. July 31, 1958) is a former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 97 from 1993 to 2015.

On Sept. 18, 2013, Cross announced his candidacy for the open seat of Illinois Treasurer in the 2014 elections.[1] He secured the Republican nomination in the March 18 primary and faced Mike Frerichs (D) and Matt Skopek (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014. Tom Cross lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Cross served as House Republican Leader from 2002 to August 2013.[2]

Cross' professional experience includes working as a Prosecutor with the Kendall County State's Attorney's Office and an Attorney with Mahoney, Silverman, and Cross.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Cross served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cross served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Cross served on the following committees:

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Tom Cross endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois down ballot state executive elections, 2014

On Sept. 18, 2013, Cross announced his candidacy for 2014 election to the office of Illinois Treasurer.[4] He won the Republican nomination in the March 18 primary. Cross faced Democrat Mike Frerichs and Libertarian Matt Skopek in the general election contest to fill the open seat. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary election
Illinois Treasurer, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cross 57.4% 397,691
Bob Grogan 42.6% 295,682
Total Votes 693,373
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.
General election
Illinois Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Frerichs 48.1% 1,694,884
     Republican Tom Cross 47.8% 1,685,659
     Libertarian Matt Skopek 4.2% 146,654
Total Votes 3,527,197
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.

Race background

Narrow margin of victory for Frerichs

The treasurer's race was among a small handful of state executive elections in the United States that could not be decided on November 4. Republican candidate Tom Cross led Democratic candidate Mike Frerichs by 21,000 votes out of 3.4 million votes cast in the race on November 5. Cross's narrow lead shrunk further after absentee and provision ballots were counted the following week. The Cross campaign complained that Cook County balloting revealed instances of voter fraud and counting irregularities. Cross conceded to Frerichs on November 19, 2014, after all counties reported their results and gave Frerichs a lead of less than 10,000 votes.[5][6]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cross won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 97. Cross was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 97, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cross Incumbent 100% 37,494
Total Votes 37,494


2010

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cross won re-election to the 84th District seat against Democrat Dennis Grosskopf. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 84 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Cross (R) 34,966 68.22%
Dennis Grosskopf (D) 16,291 31.78%


2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Tom Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 84 receiving 45,491 votes, ahead of Democrat Dennis Grosskopf who received 30,610 votes.[11]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 84 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Cross (R) 45,491
Dennis Grosskopf (D) 30,610

2006

On November 7, 2006, Republican Tom Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 84. He ran unopposed receiving 34,760 votes.[12]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 84 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tom Cross (R) 34,760

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cross is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Cross raised a total of $16,125,506 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[13]

Tom Cross's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 97 Won $2,694,678
2010 Illinois State House, District 84 Won $3,743,578
2008 Illinois State House, District 84 Won $2,987,560
2006 Illinois State House, District 84 Won $3,099,736
2004 Illinois State House, District 84 Won $2,508,784
2002 Illinois State House, District 84 Won $549,847
2000 Illinois State House, District 84 Won $186,476
1998 Illinois State House, District 84 Won $148,544
1996 Illinois State House, District 84 Won $206,303
Grand Total Raised $16,125,506

2012

Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Cross raised a total of $2,694,678.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tom Cross's campaign in 2012
Illinois State Medical Society$75,000
Stand for Children$75,000
Illinois Hospital Association$62,500
Citizens for Leitch$51,500
Chicago Land Operators Joint Labor Management$50,000
Total Raised in 2012$2,694,678
Source: Follow the Money

2010

Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Cross raised a total of $3,743,578.

2008

Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Cross raised a total of $2,987,560.

2006

Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Cross raised a total of $3,099,736.

2004

Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Cross raised a total of $2,508,784.

2002

Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Cross raised a total of $549,847.

2000

Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Cross raised a total of $186,476.

1998

Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Cross raised a total of $148,544.

1996

Cross won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Cross raised a total of $206,303.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Illinois

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2014

In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[14]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."

2013

In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[15]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.
See also: Illinois Interest Group Rankings from Project Vote Smart

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[16][17]

2012

Cross received a score of 87.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of A- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 3rd highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[17]

Personal

Cross is a member of the Kendall County Foundation, Kendall County Mental Health Board, Oswego Optimist Club, Rush Copley Medical Center Board, Shorewood Chamber of Commerce, and Young Men's Christian Association Board.[18]

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References

  1. Tom Cross for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed October 4, 2013
  2. bnd.com, "Ill. House Republicans elect Durkin to lead caucus," August 28, 2013
  3. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Additional Illinois Endorsements," March 15, 2012
  4. The State Journal-Register, "Cross to announce bid for treasurer Wednesday," September 17, 2013
  5. ABC 7 Chicago, "FRAUD ALLEGATIONS EMERGE IN TIGHT TREASURER'S VOTE COUNT," November 10, 2014
  6. Chicago Tribune, "Cross concedes defeat in Illinois treasurer race," November 19, 2014
  7. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011
  8. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014
  9. Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed January 18, 2013
  10. Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results," November 2, 2010
  11. Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2008," November 4, 2008
  12. Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2006," November 4, 2006
  13. followthemoney.org, "Cross, Tom," accessed July 24, 2013
  14. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  15. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  16. Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Cross
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Watson (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 97
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Mark Batinick (R)
Preceded by
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Illinois House of Representatives District 84
1993–2013
Succeeded by
Stephanie Kifowit (D)