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Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
Jennifer BertinoTarrant.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 49
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
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 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Will County Regional School Superintendent
2006 - Present
High schoolJoliet Catholic Academy, 1987
Bachelor'sIllinois State University
Master'sUniversity of St. Francis
Ph.D.EdD, Leadership and Finance, Loyola Chicago, 2006
ProfessionEducator and Education Administrator
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 49 since 2013.

Bertino-Tarrant has worked in education for 18 years, as a teacher at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, an assistant principal at Nelson Prairie and Nelson Ridge Schools, and a principal at Channahon Junior High School.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bertino-Tarrant served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Labor and Commerce
Local Government


Campaign themes


Bertino-Tarrant's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "Jennifer will work with local employers to keep jobs and investment tied to the local communities, and will work through her constituent office to make sure that local businesses have a clear line of communication to every agency in the state."
  • Education
Excerpt: "In Springfield, Jennifer will fight to preserve early childhood learning programs that give local students a head start on academic success. She will also ensure that schools are equipped to prepare students for college and to give workers the skills they need to find careers in the modern workplace."
  • Ethics
Excerpt: "Missteps like the controversial legislative scholarship program have eroded public confidence in the General Assembly. Jennifer believes that the best way to hold elected officials accountable is to ensure that state institutions maintain the highest level of transparency. As a state senator, Jennifer will study the budget to oppose the sort of favor-trading and waste which voters have grown tired of in Springfield."
  • The Budget
Excerpt: "During her five years as Regional Superintendent, Jennifer reduced the budget every year while maintaining services. She’ll bring that same sound fiscal policy to Springfield, where for too long legislators have failed to fulfill their financial obligations and passed budgets that came more from politics than good sense."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Bertino-Tarrant won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 49. Bertino-Tarrant was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Garrett Peck (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Bertino-Tarrant 53.2% 45,491
     Republican Garrett Peck 46.8% 39,951
Total Votes 85,442

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Bertino-Tarrant has a husband, Mike, and two children, Elise and Zackry.[6]

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Preceded by
William "Sam" McCann (R)
Illinois Senate District 49
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