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Carol Sente
Carol Sente.jpg
Illinois House of Representatives District 59
In office
September 12, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
AppointedSeptember 12, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sIndiana University
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Carol Sente is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 59. She was first appointed to the chamber in 2009.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education
Business Growth & Incentives, Chair
Environment, Vice-chair
Personnel & Pensions
State Government Administration
Veterans' Affairs


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


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


Campaign themes


Sente's campaign website lists the following issues:[1]

  • Fresh ideas for changing Springfield’s old business as usual
Excerpt: "As a new State Representative, I have not been in Springfield long, but I am already working to change 'business as usual.'"
  • Fighting Corruption
Excerpt: "I want to transform the politics of the past by passing a new law imposing mandatory jail time for serious government ethics violations and stripping public pensions from officials who commit crimes in office."
  • Restoring Fiscal Accountability
Excerpt: "As a former small business owner, I believe the state needs to account for every dime it spends and am fighting to require the state to budget for outcomes and eliminate wasteful spending."
  • Planning for the Future
Excerpt: "I am also using my experience as the former owner of an architectural firm specializing in environmentally friendly design to push for the development of green technologies, including renewable energy and advanced manufacturing, that will create jobs and lessen our dependence on foreign oil."
  • Creating Jobs
Excerpt: "As a business woman, I feel it is unacceptable for corporations to take tax breaks and move jobs out of Illinois to foreign countries. I will fight for a law that requires businesses that move jobs out of state to refund the tax breaks they received and I support rewarding businesses that create and retain good-paying jobs."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sente won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 59. Sente was unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and defeated District 53 incumbent Sidney Mathias (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 59, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarol Sente Incumbent 56.2% 22,060
     Republican Sidney Mathias Incumbent 43.8% 17,171
Total Votes 39,231


See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sente won re-election to the 59th District seat against Republican Dan Sugrue.[5] She defeated Elliott Hartstein in the Democratic primary on February 2nd by a margin of 4,119 to 1,925. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. [6] [7]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 59 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Carol Sente (D) 16,459 52.97%
Dan Sugrue (R) 14,614 47.03%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sente is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Sente raised a total of $1,551,544 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 22, 2013.[8]

Carol Sente's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 59 Won $938,255
2010 Illinois State House, District 59 Won $613,289
Grand Total Raised $1,551,544


Sente won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sente raised a total of $938,255.


Sente won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Sente raised a total of $613,289.


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."[9][10]


Sente received a score of 75.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of B- according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 12th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[10]

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Preceded by
Kathleen A. Ryg (D)
Illinois House of Representatives District 59
Succeeded by