Donne Trotter

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Donne Trotter
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Illinois State Senate District 17
In office
1993 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 22
Assistant Majority Leader
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives
1988 - 1993
Bachelor'sChicago State University
Master'sLoyola School of Law
Date of birthJanuary 30, 1950
Place of birthCairo, Illinois
Office website
Donne Trotter is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 17. He was first elected to the chamber in 1995. He previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1988 to 1993.

Trotter earned his Bachelor's from Chicago State and his J.D> from Loyola-Chicago. His professional experience includes working as a hospital administrator.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations I
Appropriations II, Vice-Chairperson
Committee of the Whole


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


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


Political positions

Debt negotiations

Trotter is one of the members of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[2] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner has proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[3]



See also: Illinois' 2nd congressional district special election, 2013

Trotter was seeking election to the U.S. House in Illinois' 2nd congressional district special election in 2013. However, he dropped out of the race prior to the filing deadline due to his arrest and subsequent felony charge.[4]


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Trotter won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 17. He was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20[5][6] and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7]

Illinois State Senate, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonne Trotter Incumbent 100% 85,524
Total Votes 85,524


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Donne Trotter won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 17. He ran unopposed receiving 79,070 votes.[8]

Illinois State Senate, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Donne Trotter (D) 79,070

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2008, Trotter collected $328,486 in donations.[9]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
CMTE to Elect Rickey Hendon $13,400
Illinois Helath Care Association $12,500
Comed $12,500
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $12,000
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $9,500
Citizens for Emil Jones Jr. $8,000
Illinois Education Association $5,500
Dynegy Inc. $5,500
Altria $5,250
Illinois Credit Union League $5,050
AT&T $5,000
Midway Airport Concessionaires $5,000
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $4,500
Ameren $4,500
MidAmerican Energy $4,000
Harmony Health Plan of Illinois $4,000
Comcast $4,000
Chicago Automobile Trade Association $4,000
Illinois Realtors Association $3,900
Citizens for Mariyana Spyropoulos $3,500


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."[10][11]


Trotter received a score of 0.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the lowest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[11]


Donne and his wife, Rose, have four children.


Gun possession at airport

Trotter was charged with a felony after attempting to take a handgun and bullets through Chicago's O'Hare International Airport security. Trotter is a valid firearm owner and a licensed security guard. He claimed to have worked late as a security guard before packing his bag and did not realize that the gun was there.[4] He plead guilty to a misdemeanor of reckless conduct and was sentenced to 60 hours of community service and a year of court supervision on April 24, 2013.[12]

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