Barbara Ruth Bellar

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Barbara Ruth Bellar
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate District 18
Bachelor'sLoyola University Chicago (1973)
Master'sLoyola University Chicago (2009)
J.D.John Marshall Law School (2002)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserve
Personal website
Campaign website
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Barbara Ruth Bellar was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 18 of the Illinois State Senate. In 2010, Bellar lost the election to the 35th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives.

Bellar is a licensed attorney, a physician, and an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University and Benedictine University. She has a Master's in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. Bellar is a Veteran Major in the United States Army Reserves.[1][2]


Viral video describing health care overhaul

Bellar gained national attention for a viral video description of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She set out to describe U.S. President Barack Obama's signature piece of legislation of the first two years of his presidency in one sentence. Bellar's presentation drew favorable reaction from the crowd. The short video of her presentation and her full speech including the remarks have, collectively, over 3.5 million views on YouTube as of February 8, 2013.[3][4] After the 2012 election, Bellar's contract with MetroSouth Medical Center was not renewed. Bellar stated that she believed the viral video was the main driver in the hospital not renewing her contract.[5]

Biography controversy

SouthtownStar columnist Phil Kadner questioned Bellar's substantial list of credentials in an opinion piece, asserting that her references to her past as a nun and her failure to list that the bulk of her medical degree was completed in Mexico misled voters.[6][7] Bellar responded with a letter to the SouthtownStar and Orland Park Patch defending her credentials and posted images of her degrees and certificates on her website.[8][9]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Bellar ran in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 18. Bellar defeated Ricardo Fernandez in the Republican Primary on March 20, 2012 and was defeated by current state representative Democrat Bill Cunningham in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11][12]

Illinois State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cunningham 63.7% 60,325
     Republican Barbara Ruth Bellar 36.3% 34,338
Total Votes 94,663
Illinois State Senate, District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Ruth Bellar 74.1% 9,846
Ricardo Fernandez 25.9% 3,434
Total Votes 13,280


Bellar was endorsed by Family-Pac.[13] According to her campaign website, she was also endorsed by:[14]

  • Illinois Federation for Right to Life
  • Illinois Family Action
  • Illinois Patriot Alliance
  • Illinois Family Institute
  • Homer/Lockport Tea Party

Bellar described The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in one sentence


See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bellar lost election to the 35th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives against Bill Cunningham.[15] She ran unopposed in the Republican primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Illinois House of Representatives, District 35 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBill Cunningham 58.4% 21,649
     Republican Barbara Ruth Bellar 41.6% 15,450
Total Votes 37,099


Bellar is married to Harold Welsch, a Professor of Entrepreneurship at DePaul University. She previously served as a Benedictine nun for five years, and later clarified that she did not take any vows.[1][16]

Bellar has said, "I practice what I preach. I work hard, play hard, pray hard and study hard. My personal relationship with God in my life is of utmost importance and I pray for wisdom, clarity and guidance to do all things to His Glory! I believe we are here on earth to contribute to make it a better life for each other and the secret to success is perseverance."[17]

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