David Koehler

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David Koehler
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Illinois State Senate District 46
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 9
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Peoria City Council
1989 – 1997
Bachelor'sYankton College (1971)
OtherUnited Theological Seminary
ProfessionCo-Owner, Peoria Bread Company
Office website
Campaign website
David Koehler is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. Koehler was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2006. Before becoming a Senator, Koehler was a City Council member for the City of Peoria from 2002 to 2007.

Koehler graduated from Yankton College with his Bachelor's Degree in 1971 and also with a Masters in Divinity from United Theological Seminary.

Committee assignments


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


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


Campaign themes


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

  • Creating Jobs and Growing the Economy
Excerpt: " Creating sustainable jobs is Senator Koehler’s top priority. By working with area businesses and local communities to identify and develop important projects, Senator Koehler has helped to create thousands of jobs in central Illinois. ...Senator Koehler also favors the passage of a new capital bill to continue the improvement of our infrastructure and bring more jobs to Illinois."
  • Helping Families in Need
Excerpt: "As a State Senator, Dave is willing to make the tough decisions necessary to ensure that valuable services remain in place for working families who are trying to get ahead."
  • Improving Education
Excerpt: "School funding is a major issue in most states. Senator Koehler believes that Illinois can do a more equitable job of funding our schools by funding them through state government and less through property taxes. ...“One size fits all” mandates do not help educators. Sen. Koehler believes that Illinois needs to illuminate goals for students and teachers rather than mandate methods."
  • Pension Reform
Excerpt: "One, is to protect the lower end of the pension spectrum and target cutbacks to the upper end. Second, I believe we need to look at recent reform models used in other states such as the Rhode Island reform plan. On the issue of Teacher Retirement System pensions, I do not support the governor’s plan to shift the entire responsibility of the system to local school districts."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

On June 3, 2011, Koehler announced he was running for the 17th U.S. Congressional District in 2012.[3] However, on December 2, he announced he would be seeking re-election to the state Senate instead.[4] Koehler defeated James Polk and Marvin Bainter in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. He will face Republican Pat Sullivan in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Illinois State Senate Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDave Koehler Incumbent 74% 5,552
James Polk 16.6% 1,245
Marvin Bainter 9.4% 707
Total Votes 7,504


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Koehler won re-election to the 46th District Seat in the Illinois State Senate with no opposition. The election took place on November 2, 2010.[8]

Illinois State Senate, District 43 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Koehler (D) 43,474 100.0%

Koehler ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.[9]


On November 7, 2006, Democrat David Koehler won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 46 receiving 32,873 votes, ahead of Republican Ernest Russell receiving 24,209 votes.[10]

Illinois State Senate, District 46 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Koehler (D) 32,873
Ernest Russell (R) 24,209

Campaign donors


In 2010, Koehler received $161,530 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]


In 2006, Koehler collected $115,543 in donations.[12]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Friends of Clayborne $7,000
Illinois Credit Union League $6,634
Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois $6,000
Electrical Workers Local 34 $5,500
Ameren $5,500
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $5,100
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $5,000
CEFCU $5,000
Illinois Auto Workers $4,700
Mid-Central Illinois District Council of Carpenters $4,600
Steamfitters Local 353 $4,600
Community Bankers Association of Illinois $3,000
Comcast $3,000
Illinois Automobile Dealers Association $2,950
Illinois Realtors Association $2,500
Peoria Disposal Co. $2,500
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $2,500
OSF Saint Francis Inc. $2,500
Illinois Federation of Teachers $2,000
Deep Blue Illinois $2,000

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District 46

Koehler represents Illinois Senate District 46. District 46 includes Northwest Illinois including the cities of Dixon and Freeport[13].


David is married to Nora Sullivan. They have three children and reside in Pekin, Illinois.

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Political offices
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Illinois Senate District 46
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