Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant

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Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
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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. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Bertino-Tarrant's professional experience includes working as a teacher at Providence Catholic High School, assistant principal at Nelson Prairie and Nelson Ridge Schools, and principal at Channahon Junior High School.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Bertino-Tarrant served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations II
Labor, Vice-chair
Licensed Activities and Pensions
Local Government


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


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

Comprehensive donor information for Bertino-Tarrant is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bertino-Tarrant raised a total of $842,033 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[6]

Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 49 Won $842,033
Grand Total Raised $842,033


Bertino-Tarrant won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bertino-Tarrant raised a total of $842,033.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant's campaign in 2012
Illinois Senate Democratic Fund$394,750
Illinois Democratic Party$197,686
Illinois Education Association$40,000
Illinois Federation of Teachers$22,093
American Federation of Teachers Local Ii$21,285
Total Raised in 2012$842,033
Source: Follow the Money


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[7]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[8]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


Bertino-Tarrant and her husband, Mike, have two children.[9]

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