Thomas R. Morrison
|Thomas R. Morrison|
|Illinois House of Representatives District 54|
|January 12, 2011-Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Place of birth||Glenview, Il|
|Profession||News Reporter, WGN-AM Radio|
Morrison operates a SERVPRO franchise, providing disaster cleanup and restoration services. He was formerly a radio news reporter and anchor in Dubuque, Iowa. Morrison has also worked as a teacher at Christian Liberty Academy in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Morrison served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations-General Service|
|• Business & Occupational Licenses|
|• Personnel & Pensions|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Morrison served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Appropriations-General Service|
|• Elementary & Secondary Education|
|• Mass Transit|
|• Personnel & Pensions|
|• Tollway Oversight|
Morrison's campaign website lists the following issues:
- FISCAL DISCIPLINE
- Excerpt: "We must overhaul our public sector pension plans to make them sustainable for both participants and the taxpaying public. We also have to reform the Medicaid system to stop its runaway deficits from crushing the rest of the state’s spending priorities, like funding for transportation, education, and public safety."
- TRADITIONAL VALUES
- Excerpt: "Morrison understands that family values like the right to life and traditional marriage need to be preserved and protected in the public arena. He stands for second amendment freedoms and educational policies that empower parents and students to have greater options so they can maximize their potential and prepare for a lifetime of work opportunities."
- CONSTITUENT SERVICES
- Excerpt: "Public office belongs to the people, and those who are elected must respect their constituents first and foremost and to serve them with integrity."
Morrison won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 54. Morrison was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and defeated Richard S. Rudd (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 54, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Thomas R. Morrison Incumbent||59.1%||27,123|
|Democratic||Richard S. Rudd||40.9%||18,786|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 54 (2010)|
|Thomas R. Morrison (R)||19,521||61.90%|
|Matt Flamm (D)||12,013||38.10%|
Political newcomer Morrison defeated incumbent Suzanne Bassi in the Republican Party's primary ballot on February 2, 2010. The upset victory of the challenger over the incumbent was described in a local newspaper as "stunning".
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Morrison raised $189,888 in contributions. 
His five largest contributors were:
|Republican Renaissance PAC||$46,948|
|Morrison, Roger & Florence||$5,500|
Morrison and his wife, Bethany, have two children.
Illinois Opportunity Project
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."
Morrison received a score of 100 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of A+ according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.
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- Campaign Website
- Campaign Facebook page
- Illinois House of Representatives - Thomas Morrison
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- ↑ Thomas Morrison, "Issues," accessed October 25, 2012
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed January 18, 2013
- ↑ Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results
- ↑ Pioneer Local, "Morrison stuns Bassi in 54th", February 2, 2010
- ↑ 2010 contributions
- ↑ Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
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