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{{TOCnestright}}'''Dale Righter''' (born August 23, 1966) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]], representing District 55 and serving as [[State Senate Deputy Minority Leader|Deputy Minority Leader]]. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He previously served in the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] from 1997 to 2003.
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{{TOCnestright}}'''Dale Righter''' (born August 23, 1966) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Illinois State Senate]], representing [[Illinois State Senate District 55|District 55]] and serving as [[State Senate Deputy Minority Leader|Deputy Minority Leader]]. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He previously served in the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] from 1997 to 2003.
  
 
Righter earned his Bachelor's in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University in 1988, and his J.D. from St. Louis University in 1991. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and part-time college instructor.<ref name="bio">[http://www.senategop.state.il.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=56&Itemid=92 IL State Senate Biography]</ref>
 
Righter earned his Bachelor's in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University in 1988, and his J.D. from St. Louis University in 1991. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and part-time college instructor.<ref name="bio">[http://www.senategop.state.il.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=56&Itemid=92 IL State Senate Biography]</ref>
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Righter won election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate]] District 55. Righter was unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20 and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "Candidate List," December 5, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GPOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections,'' "Official 2012 Primary Results"]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GEOfficialVote.pdf Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012]</ref>
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Righter won election in the [[State legislative elections, 2012|2012 election]] for [[Illinois State Senate elections, 2012|Illinois State Senate]] District 55. Righter was unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20 and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForCandidates.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GPOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2012GEOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Righter won re-election to the 55th District Seat in the [[Illinois State Senate]] against [[Josh Weger]].<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2010GEOfficialVote.pdf 2010 Illinois General Election Results]</ref>
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Righter won re-election to the 55th District Seat in the [[Illinois State Senate]] against [[Josh Weger]].<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2010GEOfficialVote.pdf ''Illinois Board of Elections'', "2010 Illinois General Election Results," November 2, 2010]</ref>
 
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::''See also: [[Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card]]''
 
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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."<ref>[https://illinoisopportunity.org/the-project/ Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref><ref name="IOP">[http://illinoisopportunity.org/votecard/ Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013]</ref>
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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."<ref>[https://illinoisopportunity.org/the-project/ ''Illinois Opportunity Project'', "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref><ref name="IOP">[http://illinoisopportunity.org/votecard/ ''Illinois Opportunity Project'', "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013]</ref>
 
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Righter received a score of 100.00 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 59 members of the [[Illinois State Senate]] included in the Vote Card.<ref name="IOP"/>
 
Righter received a score of 100.00 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 59 members of the [[Illinois State Senate]] included in the Vote Card.<ref name="IOP"/>
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Dale Righter
Dale Righter.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 55
Incumbent
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives
1997 – 2002
Education
Bachelor'sEastern Illinois University (1988)
J.D.St. Louis University (1991)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 23, 1966
Place of birthMattoon, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Dale Righter (born August 23, 1966) is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 55 and serving as Deputy Minority Leader. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002. He previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1997 to 2003.

Righter earned his Bachelor's in Accounting from Eastern Illinois University in 1988, and his J.D. from St. Louis University in 1991. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and part-time college instructor.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations I
Committee of the Whole
Criminal Law
Executive
Judiciary

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Righter served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Righter served on these committees:

Issues

Senator Righter has worked to expand the Illinois Freedom of Information Act for increased government accountability, advocated for the greater use of ethanol and other renewable fuels, and worked to legislate better newborn screening to take advantage of increased medical technology.[1]

Medicaid

The Illinois Senate approved a Medicaid measure projected to save $800 million during the next five years.

House Bill 5420 would move half of the state’s 2.8 million Medicaid participants into “coordinated” or managed care between 2011 and 2015. This is a far stretch from the 195,000 participants who now are assigned to a primary “medical home.”

Lawmakers had to tighten the $14 billion state-federal health care system in December and were still hashing out the details in early January 2011.

“This is probably not a bill that any one of us on this committee would write. But that’s the nature of compromise,” said State Sen. Heather Steans. “I think where we are and what we’re going to see, though, is something that really does put the state and our Medicaid system in a much better place down the line.”

In 2014, low-income single adults will be eligible to enroll for the federal option, so all states are slated with the task of working out their end of the details. State Sen. Righter said the proposal will return the “struggling” program to a safety net for the poor, instead of a catch-all for the potentially ineligible.

“It’s struggling for the people who need it the worst,” he said. “We’re talking about the people who are on the lowest rungs of the economic ladder, the people for whom access is a truly critical issue. The people who aren’t mobile. People who can’t drive two hours and take a day off because it’s not a big deal to make sure that their child can get to a medical provider.”[2]

Raising lawmaker salaries

In May 2011, Illinois Senate lawmakers entertained a bill, SB2467, which included an “additional amounts per year” for select lawmakers: committee chairmen and committee minority spokesmen and spokeswomen. Sen. Dan Kotowski sponsored the measure.

The lump-sum appropriations in the proposal would increase pay for Senate committee chiefs by 14 percent. House committee bosses would see a 47-percent jump in pay. The increases were on top of the base $67,836 annual salaries that all lawmakers earn. Committee and leadership posts bring extra pay. In other words, more taxpayers’ money would be funneled into extra pay for select lawmakers, said Righter.

“So there’s some games being played here,” said Righter, a member of the Senate Executive Committee. “And sometimes that’s the way things happen — like this — is because (Democrats) want to do it before anyone really sees it.”

However, Kotowski said this move would restore the public’s good faith and trust to the government.

“We’re basically changing the existing law, to require legislators to work 12 days without getting paid,” he said. “That’s very, very, important, and that’s going to lead to reduction in salaries across the board this year and a total of saving $1.2 million for taxpayers.”

Lawmakers do want the public to notice when they cut their own pay, Righter and Kotowski said.

“But not this, the increasing the stipend (proposal), because it kind of makes it look like, ‘OK you’re taking it out of your pocket over here, but you’re going to shove your other pocket full,’” Righter said. “That’s what it looks like, like the outset that they’re trying to do here.”[3]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Dale Righter endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Redistricting

During discussions about the redistricting process, Sen. Righter criticized a legislative maneuver referred as a shell bill. A shell bill is essentially a placeholder for latebreaking proposals. In May 2011, there was a chance the map would be placed in a shell bill and fast-tracked to a vote, possibly before the deadline at the end of the month.

"Putting shell bills in position like this is positioning the Democrat majority to be able to put a map out there, let it sit there for an hour, and blow it out of the General Assembly in less than a day," said Righter.[5]

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Righter won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 55. Righter was unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20 and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois State Senate, District 55, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDale Righter Incumbent 100% 78,776
Total Votes 78,776

2010

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Righter won re-election to the 55th District Seat in the Illinois State Senate against Josh Weger.[9]

Illinois State Senate, District 55 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dale Righter (R) 51,569 71.87%
Josh Weger (D) 20,189 28.13%

The election took place on November 2, 2010. Righter ran unopposed in the Republican primary election on February 2nd.

2006

On November 7, 2006, Republican Dale Righter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 55. He ran unopposed receiving 57,705 votes.[10]


Illinois State Senate, District 55 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dale Righter (R) 57,705

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Righter is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Righter raised a total of $2,945,401 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[11]

Dale Righter's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 55 Won $351,578
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 55 Won $662,601
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 55 Not up for election $299,046
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 55 Won $371,124
2004 Illinois State Senate, District 55 Not up for election $231,647
2002 Illinois State Senate, District 55 Won $394,640
2000 Illinois State House, District 106 Won $91,886
1998 Illinois State House, District 106 Won $542,879
Grand Total Raised $2,945,401

2012

Righter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Righter raised a total of $351,578.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dale Righter's campaign in 2012
Illinois Education Association$45,750
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois$20,000
Illinois State Dental Society$11,500
At&T$10,000
Ameren$8,500
Total Raised in 2012$351,578
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Righter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Righter raised a total of $662,601.

2008

Righter was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Righter raised a total of $299,046.

2006

Righter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Righter raised a total of $371,124.

2004

Righter was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Righter raised a total of $231,647.

2002

Righter won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Righter raised a total of $394,640.

2000

Righter won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Righter raised a total of $91,886.

1998

Righter won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Righter raised a total of $542,879.

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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Illinois scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[12]

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.[13]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

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."[14][15]

2012

Righter received a score of 100.00 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 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[15]

Personal

Righter has two children.

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