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Linda Holmes
Linda Holmes.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 42
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 8
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNational College of Education (1984)
Date of birthMarch 16, 1959
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionCo-Owner, Creative Carpentry Remodelers, Inc
Office website
Campaign website
Linda Holmes is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 42. She was first elected to the chamber in 2006.


Holmes earned her Bachelor's from the National College of Education in 1984. Her professional experience includes owning a home-building business. Holmes was the first woman president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.[1][2]

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Conservation
Committee of the Whole
Environment, Chairperson
Labor and Commerce, Vice-chair
Local Government


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Holmes served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Holmes served on these committees:[3]


Campaign themes


Holmes's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "Job creation and encouraging businesses to make their home in Illinois has always been one of my top priorities. New businesses in Illinois strengthen the workforce. Illinois is confronted with the challenge of needing to increase revenue in order to maintain needed services in the state. Creating jobs that allow the people of Illinois to raise a family, buy a home and provide a good education for their children is also beneficial for the state. Since my decision to run for public office, passing a substantial capital bill has always been my top priority. I voted to support a comprehensive capital plan in the legislature this year that will provide over $31 billion to update the state's infrastructure and expand current capital developments. It will also create hundreds of thousands of new jobs for our residents"
  • Healthcare Access
Excerpt: "Access to quality healthcare in Illinois is a top quality of life issue for Illinoisans. We need to ensure that residents are able to locate and receive top notch medical care regardless of where they live or their economic situation. With an aging population and higher incidence of diseases such as Autism, we need to explore options in order to comprehensively address healthcare in the state. "
  • Environment
Excerpt: "The current buzz words with respect to the environment these days is "going green." As a lifetime Sierra Club member I enthusiastically applaud the green movement. Being environmentally friendly benefits much more than the enviroment [sic]. Negative health impacts are reduced (air quality as we reduce emissions) and other hazards are virtually eliminated (lead in paint, arsenic in treated lumber and mercury in thermometers) New jobs are created. In fact, entire new industries as we embark on green building and green remodeling practices. I have been a trong [sic] proponent of protecting and enhancing our environment since I was elected and have sponsored several pieces of legislation to that effect."
  • Vetrans
Excerpt: "It is imperative we do right by the brave men and women who are willing to sacrafice [sic] so much for the entire country. They are willing to put their life on hold or even give up their life in order for us to enjoy our freedom. How can we say thank you for that unselfish act? We need to make sure these brave folks know that we acknowledge and appreciate the great gift they are bestowing upon us. I am honored to sit on the State Government and Veteran's Affairs Committee and have sponsored and enthusiastically endorsed legislation in Illinois on behalf of our veterans."


Holmes's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

  • Finances and jobs
Excerpt: "Linda Holmes knows that we need to get Illinois' finances in order. She passed legislation that would update the state’s outdated financial reporting systems, which currently jeopardize Illinois' ability to receive much-needed federal funds and potentially hurt the state’s bond rating."
  • Local Schools
Excerpt: "She sponsored a bill that creates a farm-to-school database to facilitate the purchase of fresh produce and food products of schools and encourages school districts to buy locally-grown products. Senator Holmes has worked hard to improve education and supported important legislation, like Senate Bill 7, to become a law. This law reforms teacher hiring and tenure practices in order to ensure that good teachers stay in our classrooms and that they are not unfairly fired."
  • Protecting Our Children
Excerpt: "As State Senator, Linda sponsored a law to fight underage drinking and driving by taking away the driver's license of underage drinkers and requiring safety education classes to include information on the consequences of drinking and driving."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Linda believes that every person has a right to affordable and accessible health care. In Springfield she has voted to increase funding for prescription drug coverage and to include diseases like Autism and MS."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "Linda has worked to ensure our brave service men and women are taken care of when they return from fighting overseas."



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 Linda Holmes ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8]


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Holmes won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in District 42 in the 2012 election. Holmes was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Republican Peter Hurtado in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

Illinois State Senate, District 42, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Holmes Incumbent 64.6% 36,825
     Republican Peter Hurtado 35.4% 20,177
Total Votes 57,002


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Linda Holmes won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 42 receiving 57,231 votes, ahead of Republican Terri Ann Wintermute who received 47,567 votes.[12]

Illinois State Senate, District 42 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Linda Holmes (D) 57,231
Terri Ann Wintermute (R) 47,567

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Holmes is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Holmes raised a total of $1,951,121 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[13]

Linda Holmes's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 42 Won $291,966
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 42 Not up for election $66,965
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 42 Won $912,481
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 42 Won $679,709
Grand Total Raised $1,951,121


Holmes won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Holmes raised a total of $291,966.


Holmes was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Holmes raised a total of $66,965.


Holmes won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Holmes raised a total of $912,481.


Holmes won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Holmes raised a total of $679,709.


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."[14][15]


Holmes received a score of 37.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 37th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[15]



In 2014, Holmes's endorsements include the following:[16][17]

  • Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (PAC)
  • The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)


Linda has a husband, Michael.[2]

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  1. Illinois General Assembly, "Senator Linda Holmes," accessed February 20, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Project Vote Smart, "Linda Holmes' Biography," accessed February 20, 2014
  3. Illinois General Assembly, "List of Illinois Senate Committees," July 28, 2009
  4. Illinois State Senator Linda Holmes, "District Issues," accessed February 20, 2014
  5. Linda Holmes, "Issues," accessed October 23, 2012
  6. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  7. Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
  8. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  9. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
  10. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed February 20, 2014
  11. Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
  12. Illinois State Board of Election, "Illinois Senate election results for 2008," accessed February 20, 2014
  13. followthemoney.org, "Holmes, Linda," accessed July 17, 2013
  14. Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013
  16. Windy City Media Group, "Equality Illinois PAC issues endorsements," January 17, 2014
  17. Illinois AFL-CIO, "2014 Illinois AFL-CIO Primary Election Endorsements," accessed March 5, 2014
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