Andy Manar

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Andy Manar
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Illinois State Senate District 48
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Macoupin County Board
2003 - Present
Mayor, City of Bunker Hill
2001 - 2003
Bachelor'sSouthern Illinois University
Date of birthNovember 15, 1975
Place of birthMacoupin County
Office website
Campaign website
Andy Manar is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 48. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Manar has a bachelor's degree in history from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. In 1997, he was elected to the Bunker Hill City Council. Manar served as mayor of his hometown, Bunker Hill, from 2001-2003. In 2003, he joined the Macoupin County Board and was elected chairman in 2004. He served four successive terms.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Manar served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture and Conservation
Appropriations I
Appropriations II
Executive Appointments, Vice chair
Higher Education


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



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Andy Manar ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Linda Little ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Manar then defeated Little in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate District 48, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Manar Incumbent 55.6% 34,402
     Republican Linda Little 44.4% 27,449
Total Votes 61,851


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Manar won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 48. Manar was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and defeated Republican Mike McElroy in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois State Senate, District 48, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Manar 55.3% 47,334
     Republican Mike McElroy 44.7% 38,256
Total Votes 85,590


Manar's campaign website listed the following endorsements, among others:[9]

  • Alliance PAC
  • Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
  • Illinois AFL-CIO
  • Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Citizen Action Illinois

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Manar is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Manar raised a total of $1,680,235 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[10]

Andy Manar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 48 Won $1,680,235
Grand Total Raised $1,680,235


Manar won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Manar raised a total of $1,680,235.



In 2014, Manar's endorsements included the following:[11][12]

  • Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (PAC)
  • The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[13]

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


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[14]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


Manar and his wife, Trista, have three children.[15]

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Illinois Senate Democrats: Senator Andy Manar News

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Johnson (R)
Illinois Senate District 48
Succeeded by