David McSweeney

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David McSweeney
Illinois House of Representatives District 52
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDuke University (1987)
Master'sDuke Fuqua School of Business (1988)
Place of birthPark Ridge, Illinois
Personal website
Campaign website
David McSweeney is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 52 since 2013.

McSweeney earned his BA in Economics from Duke University in 1987. He went on to receive his MBA from Duke Fuqua School of Business in 1988. From 1995 to 2000, he served as Palatine Township Trustee.


Campaign funding sources

McSweeney self-financed his 2006 campaign with $2,766,938, 55% of his total campaign financing, with only 30% attributed to individual contributions.[1]

As of early November 2012, the 2012 State House race was the most expensive in Illinois, with about $1.5 million raised between the two candidates. McSweeney is again relying heavily on self-financing.[2] His opponent, Independent Dee Beaubien, has purportedly had $428,000 in donations to her coming from three campaign funds operated by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. David McSweeney suggested in an interview that this funding showed she was not actually a political independent, but rather a de facto member of the Democratic Party.[3]

Eliminating office of Lieutenant Governor

In a bill filed in the state house, McSweeney proposed eliminating the office of the Illinois Lieutenant Governor. The bill, which would require a constitutional amendment and a voter referendum, passed the House 83 to 28. Current Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon (D) opposes the bill. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) served as Lieutenant Governor before the resignation of former Governor Rod Blagojevich (D).[4]

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education
Personnel & Pensions
Revenue & Finance
State Government Administration
Tollway Oversight



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

McSweeney won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 52. McSweeney defeated incumbent Kent Gaffney and Danielle Rowe in the March 20 Republican primary and defeated Independent Dee Beaubien in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid McSweeney Incumbent 59.3% 26,761
     Independent Dee Beaubien 40.7% 18,392
Total Votes 45,153

Illinois House of Representatives Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid McSweeney 41.3% 4,762
Kent Gaffney 34.6% 3,985
Danielle Rowe 24.1% 2,775
Total Votes 11,522


McSweeney's campaign website listed the following endorsements:[9]

  • Dan Rutherford - Illinois State Treasurer
  • Tom Cross - Illinois House Republican Leader
  • Kent Gaffney - State Representative, 52nd District
  • Pamela J. Althoff - Illinois State Senator, 32nd District
  • Dan Duffy - Illinois State Senator, 26th District


McSweeney and his wife, Margaret, have two children.

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Preceded by
Kent Gaffney (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 52
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