Kent Gaffney

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Kent Gaffney
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Illinois House of Representatives District 52
Former member
In office
July 2011-2013
Elections and appointments
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Bachelor'sPurdue University
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Kent Gaffney is a former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 52 from July 2011 to 2013.

Kent began his career in public service in 1988 working during the summer with the Illinois Senate. Upon graduation from college, Kent worked in the private sector and came back to public service in 1997 by taking a position with the House Republican Staff. He later became Director of Appropriation for the House Republican Caucus in 2001.

Gaffney graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Political Science, and continued his graduate studies at the University of Illinois.



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gaffney ran for re-election to the 52nd District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. He was defeated by David McSweeney in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[1][2]

Illinois House of Representatives Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid McSweeney 41.3% 4,762
Kent Gaffney Incumbent 34.6% 3,985
Danielle Rowe 24.1% 2,775
Total Votes 11,522

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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."[3][4]


Gaffney received a score of 66.67 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of C according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was the 33rd highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[4]

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Preceded by
Mark H. Beaubien, Jr. (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 52
July 2011–2013
Succeeded by
David McSweeney (R)