Dale Righter

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Dale Righter
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Illinois State Senate District 55
Assumed office
Current term ends
January 12, 2013
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Website Senate website
Dale Righter (born August 23, 1966) is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate. He has represented the 55th District since 2003 and currently serves as Deputy Minority Leader.


Dale Righter was born in Mattoon, Illinois.

He earned his undergraduate Accounting degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1988, and a J.D. from St. Louis University in 1991.

In 1997, Righter was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, serving until 2002. He was appointed to the state senate in 2003, and serves as Senate Republican Caucus Chair. He also is currently Of Counsel with a small law firm in Charleston and works as a part-time college instructor.[1]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Righter has been appointed to these committees:


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


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]


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]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Righter won re-election to the 55th District Seat in the Illinois State Senate against Josh Weger.[3]

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.


On November 7, 2006, Republican Dale Righter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 55. He ran unopposed receiving 57,705 votes.[4]

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

Campaign Donors


In 2006, Righter collected $299,046 in donations.[5]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Education Association $20,000
Citizens for Christine Radogno $10,000
Consolidated Communications $9,000
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $8,000
Illinois Chamber of Commerce $6,000
Gerald Forsythe $5,000
Illinois State Medical Society $5,000
People for Eddy $4,779
Illinois Health Care Association $4,500
Caterpillar $3,500
AT&T $3,500
Altria $3,000
Illinois Construction Industry CMTE $3,000
K. C. Summers Buick Toyota $3,000
Humana $3,000
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $3,000
Illinois Realtors Association $2,600
Preston Owen $2,500
Wellcare Helath Insurance of Illinois $2,500
Illinois Council on Long Term Care $2,500

District 55

Righter represents Illinois Senate District 55. District 55 includes Southeast Illinois including Matoon and Charleston where Eastern Illinois University is located[6].


Dale lives in Charleston, Illinois and has two children.

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Political offices
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Illinois Senate District 55
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