Don Harmon

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Don Harmon
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Illinois State Senate District 39
In office
2003 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 12
President Pro Tempore
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sKnox College
Master'sUniversity of Chicago
J.D.University of Chicago
Date of birth1966
Place of birthOak Park, Illinois
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Don Harmon is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 39 and serving as President Pro Tempore. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Harmon earned his Bachelor's from Knox College with his Bachelor's degree and his M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Executive, Chairperson


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Harmon served on these committees:[1]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Harmon won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in District 39 in the 2012 election. Harmon was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Illinois State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDon Harmon Incumbent 100% 58,381
Total Votes 58,381


On November 7, 2006, Democrat Don Harmon won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 39 receiving 57,487 votes, ahead of Republican Jim Rowe receiving 11,159 votes.[5]

Illinois State Senate, District 39 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Don Harmon (D) 57,487
Jim Rowe (R) 11,159

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Harmon collected $564,423 in donations.[6]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Education Association $25,000
Donald F. Harmon $15,503
Chicago Automobile Trade Association $12,500
US Smokeless Tobacco $10,000
Illinois Venture Capital Association $10,000
Kevin J. Conway $10,000
Simmonscooper LLC $8,325
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $8,000
Clifford Law Offices $7,650
Chapman & Cutler $7,500
Cottonwood Financial LTD $7,000
AT&T $6,686
Luke Casson $6,550
Devon C. Bruce $6,000
Midwest Energy $6,000
Illinois Credit Union League $5,400
Austin Mental Health LLC $5,000
Paul Fisher $4,600
Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw $4,500
Illinois Bankers Association $4,000


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[7][8]


Harmon received a score of 37.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 37th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[8]


Don and his wife, Teresa, have three children.

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