Linda Holmes

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Linda Holmes
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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 2008.

Holmes earned her Bachelor's from the National College of Education in 1984. Her professional experience includes owning a home-building business.

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:[1]


Campaign themes


Holmes's campaign website lists the following issues:[2]

  • 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 She passed legislation that would update the state’s outdated financial reporting systems, which currently jeopardize Illinois' ability to receive much-needed federal funds and potentially hurt the state’s bond rating."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."
  • Health Care
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, 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.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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."[8][9]


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.[9]


Linda has a husband, Michael.

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