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Dave Syverson
Dave Syverson.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 34
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 22
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRock Valley College
Date of birthJune 29, 1957
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Office website
Personal website
Dave Syverson is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate. He has represented District 34 since 1993 and currently serves as Minority Caucus Leader. Syverson was re-elected in November of 2010 with his term expiring in 2015. Syverson graduated from Rock Valley College. Before becoming a Senator, Syverson was an insurance agency owner.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


Syverson's campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • Creating Jobs
Excerpt: "Dave Syverson has the knowledge it takes to create jobs and revive our economy. For more than 20 years he has worked in the private sector creating jobs in the Northern Illinois region."
  • Supporting Veterans
Excerpt: "We owe our Nation’s Veterans a debt of gratitude for protecting the freedoms we enjoy every day."
  • Cutting Taxes
Excerpt: "Illinois does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem."
  • Improving Education
Excerpt: "Illinois must have a world-class education system if we expect our children and our companies to be competitive in this global economy."
  • Reducing Government
Excerpt: "We must cut state government to free up resources for productive investment."
  • Protecting Values
Excerpt: "Dave Syverson has a long record of supporting conservative Illinois values. Over the years, he has sponsored and supported legislation protecting the sanctity of families and life."
  • Increasing Competitiveness
Excerpt: "Dave believes, unless we make Illinois a more attractive place to do business, we will never expand our economy."
  • Engaging with Ethics
Excerpt: "For Illinois to succeed as a state, the people must have an efficient, transparent and ethical government working for them."
  • Protecting the Second Amendment
Excerpt: "Dave is a gun owner and a lifetime member of the NRA. "
  • Reaching Energy Independence
Excerpt: "Energy reform is perhaps one of the most critical issues facing our State and Country."
  • Ending Deficit Spending
Excerpt: "Illinois, like Washington, has been addicted to deficit spending for decades."
  • Reforming Healthcare
Excerpt: "As a Country, we must repeal and replace Obamacare by improving our existing market-based healthcare system that is the envy of the world."

Gaming license

On December 1, 2010, the Illinois Senate voted 31-20 in favor of a plan that allows for five additional casinos and electronic gaming at horse track facilities, increasing the number of licenses for casinos in the state to 15.

Under the plan, new casinos would operate in Chicago, southern Cook County, Danville, Rockford and Waukegan.

"Is it a huge expansion? Yes, I'm not going to deny it. But we have a huge deficit in the state of Illinois, we have got huge problems in the state of Illinois, so you don't look at little things to fix it, you look at big things to fix it," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan.

Lawmakers like William Haine would prefer another way to increase revenue.

"It's not the best thing we could do. It's not good, but it's the only thing available for new * Revenue Committee, Illinois State Senate," said Sen. Haine, D-Alton.

Syverson said a casino in his backyard could keep Illinois gamers from going up to Wisconsin to play the slots.

"Now we have an opportunity to bring those Wisconsin dollars to Illinois," Swerson said. "So it's good for Illinois in two ways. One it's creating new jobs and new * Revenue Committee, Illinois State Senate, but it's also bringing out-of-state money here."[3]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Syverson, current District 34 incumbent, won re-election to the Senate in District 35 in the 2012. Syverson defeated incumbent Christine Johnson (R) in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012 and was unopposed in the November 6, 2012 general election.[4][5][6][7]

Illinois State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDave Syverson Incumbent 100% 72,411
Total Votes 72,411

Illinois State Senate Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Syverson Incumbent 57.6% 14,368
Christine J. Johnson Incumbent 42.4% 10,592
Total Votes 24,960

Syverson was targeted for defeat in the primary by Family-Pac.[8]


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Syverson won re-election to the 34th District Seat in the Illinois State Senate against Democrat Marla Wilson.[9]

Illinois State Senate, District 34 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Syverson (R) 28,145 52.56%
Marla Wilson (D) 25,407 47.44%

The election took place on November 2, 2010. Syverson ran unopposed in the Republican primary election on February 2nd.[10]


On November 7, 2006, Republican Dave Syverson won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 34 receiving 29,131 votes, ahead of Democrat Daniel Lewandowski (23,120 votes).[11]

Illinois State Senate, District 34 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Syverson (R) 29,131
Daniel Lewandowski (D) 23,120

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Syverson received $738,807 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]


In 2008, Syverson collected $289,536 in donations.[13]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Ringland-Johnson Construction Co. $20,000
Dave Syverson $18,000
First Ranger Petroleum $15,000
Chicago Auto Trade Association $7,000
Anderson Enterprises $6,000
Rock Valley Oil & Chemical Co. $5,000
Alden-Park Strathmoor $5,000
Illinois State Dental Society $5,000
Alden-Alma Nelson Manor Inc. $5,000
NIBCA $4,500
Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois $4,500
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $4,000
Rockford Ambulatory Surgery Center $4,000
OSF Saint Francis Inc. $3,500
Sunil Puri $3,000
Rockford Anesthesiologists Associates $3,000
John Deere & Co. $3,000
Darecloud Development Inc. $2,500
Cedric Blazer $2,500
Area Erectors Inc. $2,500

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District 34

Syverson represents Illinois Senate District 34. District 34 includes the Rockford region and surrounding Boone County[14].


Dave is married to Shirley Syverson. They have two children and reside in Rockford, Illinois.

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