|Illinois State Senate District 33|
|2013 - Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Date of birth||March 1, 1957|
|Profession||Small business owner|
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McConnaughay served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations II|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Financial Institutions|
|• Public Pensions & State Investments|
McConnaughay's following campaign themes were highlighted by The Geneva Patch:
- Excerpt: "Our success as a state is dependent on first tackling the state’s pension problems, an issue that existed long before I arrive in the Senate. Our pension system has left us financially crippled and we must push the state to fiscal responsibility and accountability, while ensuring that the burden is kept off of the backs of our citizens."
- Excerpt: "Our funding and budget issues have affected more than just our pension system and impact all areas of government. Our education system is failing to meet the needs of our children who will be expected to compete in a global economy. I do not take my responsibility as a member of the Education Funding Task Force lightly. We must continue to strive for equitable, quality education, for all of our children."
- Excerpt: "I am committed to improving our transit systems, through thoughtful, comprehensive, transportation investments. Through infrastructure enhancements and new transit programs, our state can remain the critical transportation hub of this nation," she said. "But this must be done through a transparent and collaborative regional approach that ensures prudent and fair investment across the transit system."
- Excerpt: "We must ensure that all elected representatives are being held accountable. With greater transparency comes increased efficiency and accountability. We must demand a window be opened so that we all may see into our local village halls, county buildings, and state offices."
McConnaughay's following campaign themes were highlighted by The Daily Herald:
- Excerpt: "Sustainable job creation requires economic growth, not government intervention. Government over-regulation hampers investment and growth, over-taxation costs jobs and excess spending drains resources from the free market and discourages innovation and entrepenureship. I will evaluate every vote in the Senate for whether or not it enhances the state's economic growth."
- Excerpt: "Reducing the size and scope of government. Government in Illinois is simply too big. We have too many units of government that inefficiently provide necessary services. The state exacerbates existing regulatory structures with more and more layers of interference rarely shown to be cost effective. I will support efforts to shrink number of governmental bodies in Illinois and to slash the sheer volume of state regulation."
- Excerpt: "Bringing proven new leadership to Springfield. It is painfully evident to most Illinois citizens that state government has failed to effectively address many issues resulting in a fiscal and economic crisis."
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014
Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Karen McConnaughay (R) ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.
- See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012
McConnaughay won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 33. McConnaughay defeated Cliff Surges in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012 and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Illinois State Senate, District 33, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Karen McConnaughay Incumbent||100%||69,573|
|Illinois State Senate, District 33 Republican Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for McConnaughay is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, McConnaughay raised a total of $276,915 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.
|Karen McConnaughay's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Illinois State Senate, District 33||$276,915|
|Grand Total Raised||$276,915|
2012McConnaughay won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McConnaughay raised a total of $276,915.
|Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Karen McConnaughay's campaign in 2012|
|Stand for Children||$20,985|
|Fona International Inc||$10,000|
|Illinois Realtors Association||$6,500|
|Illinois Manufacturers Association||$6,400|
|Total Raised in 2012||$276,915|
|Source:Follow the Money|
McConnaughay and her husband, John, live in St. Charles. They have three children and two grandchildren.
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- Social media:
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign contributions via Follow the Money: 2012
- Illinois General Assembly, "Senator Karen McConnaughay," accessed February 20, 2014
- Senator Karen McConnaughay, "About Senator McConnaughay," accessed February 20, 2014
- Geneva Patch, "State Sen. Karen McConnaughay Announces Run for Re-Election," September 18, 2013
- The Daily Herald, "Karen McConnaughay: Candidate Profile," September 21, 2012
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed February 20, 2014
- Illinois Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results," accessed February 20, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- followthemoney.org, "McConnaughay, Karen," accessed July 17, 2013
- McConnaughay for Senate, "About," accessed January 10, 2012
Dan Kotowski (D)
|Illinois Senate District 33
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