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}}{{tnr}}'''Keith Farnham''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Illinois House of Representatives]], representing District 43 from 2009 to March 19, 2014. He resigned officially citing health concerns. His resignation came days after federal officials searched his home and office.<ref name=dh>[http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140319/news/140318161/ ''dailyherald.com'', "Farnham resigns legislative seat after federal raid," March 20, 2014]</ref>
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Farnham resigned his office on March 19, 2014 citing health concerns. His resignation came days after federal officials searched his home and office. His resignation also came one day after he won his [[Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014#District 43|2014 primary contest]].<ref name=dh>[http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140319/news/140318161/ ''dailyherald.com'', "Farnham resigns legislative seat after federal raid," March 20, 2014]</ref>
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In late April 2014, Farnham was charged by federal authorities for the crime of using his personal computers and state-owned computers to trade child pornography. Investigators said he engaged in "graphic online chats" where he bragged about having sexually molested a six-year-old girl.<ref name=charges>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/elgin/chi-exstate-rep-farnham-charged-with-child-porn-20140428,0,7141488.story ''Chicago Tribune'', "Child porn charges filed against ex-state Rep. Farnham", April 28, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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In March 2014, officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations team searched Farnham's home and office, but initially did not reveal what they were looking for. Days later, Farnham resigned from office, citing health concerns. On April 28, 2014, Farnham was charged with possession of child pornography, alleging that officers found two videos depicting child pornography on a computer in Farnham's Elgin office. The computer containing the videos was labeled as "PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES." If convincted, Farnham faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.<ref name=dh/><ref>[http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80040493/ ''Chicago Tribune'', "Child porn charges filed against ex-state Rep. Farnham," April 28, 2014]</ref>
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In March 2014, officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations team searched Farnham's home and office, but initially did not reveal what they were looking for. Days later, Farnham resigned from office, citing health concerns. On April 28, 2014, Farnham was charged with possession of child pornography, alleging that officers found two videos depicting child pornography on a computer in Farnham's Elgin office. The computer containing the videos was labeled as "PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES." If convicted, Farnham faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.<ref name=charges/>
  
 
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Keith Farnham
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Illinois House of Representatives District 43
Former Member
In office
2009-March 19, 2014
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Naval Reserves
Years of service1964-1968
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 22, 1947
Place of birthGreenville, ME
CandidateVerification
Keith Farnham was a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives. He represented District 43 from 2009 to March 19, 2014.

Farnham resigned his office on March 19, 2014 citing health concerns. His resignation came days after federal officials searched his home and office. His resignation also came one day after he won his 2014 primary contest.[1]

In late April 2014, Farnham was charged by federal authorities for the crime of using his personal computers and state-owned computers to trade child pornography. Investigators said he engaged in "graphic online chats" where he bragged about having sexually molested a six-year-old girl.[2]

Biography

Farnham served in the United States Naval Reserves from 1964 to 1968.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development, Chair
Executive
Public Utilities
State Government Administration
Veterans' Affairs, Vice-chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Farnham served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Farnham served on the following committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Farnham won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 43. Farnham ran unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 43, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Farnham Incumbent 100% 18,544
Total Votes 18,544

2010

See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Farnham won re-election to the 43rd District seat against Republican Ruth Munson. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[7]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 43 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Keith Farnham (D) 8,318 52.20%
Ruth Munson (R) 7,618 47.80%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Keith Farnham won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 43 receiving 13,038 votes, ahead of Republican Ruth Munson (12,743 votes), and Dane Willman (Green) who received 814 votes.[8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 43 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Keith Farnham (D) 13,038
Ruth Munson (R) 12,743
Dane Willman (G) 814

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Farnham is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Farnham raised a total of $1,117,681 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 19, 2013.[9]

Keith Farnham's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 43 Won $48,360
2010 Illinois State House, District 43 Won $669,761
2008 Illinois State House, District 43 Won $399,560
Grand Total Raised $1,117,681

2012

Farnham won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Farnham raised a total of $48,360.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Keith Farnham's campaign in 2012
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois$2,500
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association$2,250
Democratic Party of Illinois$1,500
At&T$1,500
Illinois Realtors Association$1,350
Total Raised in 2012$48,360
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Farnham won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Farnham raised a total of $669,761.

2008

Farnham won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Farnham raised a total of $399,560.

Scorecards

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]

2012

Farnham received a score of 62.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of C- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 34th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[11]

Personal

Farnham and his wife, Susan, have one child.[3]

Controversies

Federal investigation

In March 2014, officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations team searched Farnham's home and office, but initially did not reveal what they were looking for. Days later, Farnham resigned from office, citing health concerns. On April 28, 2014, Farnham was charged with possession of child pornography, alleging that officers found two videos depicting child pornography on a computer in Farnham's Elgin office. The computer containing the videos was labeled as "PROPERTY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES." If convicted, Farnham faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.[2]

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