Dan Rutherford

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Dan Rutherford
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Illinois State Treasurer
Assumed office
Current term ends
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Website Official website
Dan Rutherford was a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate and is the State Treasurer of Illinois. He represented District 53 from 2003 to 2010 and served as an Assistant Minority Leader. Rutherford was re-elected in November of 2006, but declined to run for re-election. Before becoming a Senator, Rutherford was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003.

Rutherford was elected Illinois Treasurer in 2010, succeeding Alexi Giannoulias.[1] Rutherford's term as Treasurer expires in 2015.

Rutherford graduated from Illinois State with his Bachelor's degree in 1978. Rutherford also served as a Legislative Assistant for former State Representative Tom Ewing from 1978 to 1980 and was a Business Executive.

State treasurer

Rutherford and comptroller-elect Judy Baar Topinka said they plan to flex their muscle as the state’s fiscal officers, with an aim at Gov. Pat Quinn’s borrowing. Quinn has called borrowing one of his “budget pillars,” yet the state treasurer and comptroller must sign-off on short term borrowing, according to Illinois state law requires.

“I have a number of questions about any type of short term borrowing,” Topinka said. “What will the money be used for, how long will it be out, and is there money for the state to pay it back?”

Topinka said she will not issue blank checks to the governor. Rutherford thinks he has a mandate to be tough and that voters picked Republicans to hold the fiscal offices of the state for a reason.

“[One] thing that I think is going to be impactful is to have people who are willing to articulate what may be a differing opinion on the finances of the state.”

Rutherford said that not all borrowing is bad, but he does worry about Illinois’ mounting debt and the state’s ability to repay what it borrows. [1]


Civil Unions

Rutherford on Civil Unions

Rep. Rutherford was the only GOP lawmaker to vote yes on the civil unions legislation before it headed to Gov. Quinn’s desk.[2]



Rutherford won his campaign for state treasurer in the November 2, 2010 election.[1]


On November 4, 2008, Republican Dan Rutherford won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 53 receiving 90,199 votes.[3]

Illinois State Senate, District 53 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dan Rutherford (R) 90,199

Campaign donors


In 2008, Rutherford collected $770,475 in donations.[4]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Muneer A. Satter $50,000
James J. Liautaud $25,000
Terence M. Graunke $25,000
CMTE for Legislative Action $10,000
Illinois Bankers Association $7,500
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $6,000
HSBC North America $5,000
AT&T $5,000
Alexander D. Stuart $5,000
Robert D. Stuart Jr. $5,000
Deborah M. Olinger $5,000
Citizens for Dale A. Righter $5,000
Illinois Credit Union League $4,250
Richard W. Porter $4,000
Comcast $4,000
Albert C. Hanna $4,000
Illinois Health Care Association $4,000
Illinois Realtors Association $3,800
Sexton Companies $3,800
Illinois Automatic Merchandising Council $3,625


Rutherford resides in Pontiac, Illinois.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Alexi Giannoulias
Illinois State Treasurer
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Illinois Senate District 53
Succeeded by
Shane Cultra