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*[http://www.illinoissenatedemocrats.com/index.php/sen-bush-home Profile] at Illinois Senate Democrats
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*[http://www.melindaforsenate.com/ Campaign website]
*[http://www.melindaforsenate.com/ Campaign website]
*[http://openstates.org/il/legislators/ILL000913/melinda-bush/ Profile from Open States]
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*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=143994 2012]
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Melinda Bush
Melinda Bush.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 31
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Lake County Board Member
President, Grayslake School District
Place of birthHalfday, Illinois
Office website
Campaign website
Melinda Bush is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 31. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations II
Committee of the Whole
Higher Education
State Government & Veterans Affairs


Campaign themes


Bush's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Springfield needs proven leaders we can trust to fund programs that help Lake County and cut programs that do not work. Leaders we can trust to pay our bills on time, and end the culture of procrastination we have created by borrowing money from the pension fund and spending it."
  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "Melinda comes from a background of modest means, and at a young age learned the importance of having a good job with a competitive wage. As a small-business owner, she also learned the challenges of providing those jobs."
  • Ethics Reform
Excerpt: "Faced with cronyism and corruption at the Lake County and Forest Preserve Boards, Melinda was the first commissioner to stand up and cry foul. ...Melinda will take that same sense of right and wrong with her to Springfield, where she will work to end pension double- and triple-dipping, pay-for-play politics and political cronyism."
  • Education
Excerpt: ."..Melinda knows first-hand how important exceptional teachers and an animated school environment are to a child’s education. She believes that we need to invest in the development of quality educators and school systems that are accountable to the needs of teachers, students and parents. Whether in the public or private school systems, students deserve an opportunity to succeed."
  • The Environment
Excerpt: "Melinda has always believed that the environment and the economy are not mutually exclusive. She believes it is necessary to invest in green jobs and bring new technologies to Lake County."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Bush won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 31. Bush was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Republican Joe Neal in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMelinda Bush 51.4% 42,542
     Republican Joe Neal 48.6% 40,281
Total Votes 82,823


Bush's website listed the following endorsements:[6]

  • The Daily Herald
  • Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon
  • Senate President John J. Cullerton
  • Senate Majority Whip Terry Link
  • Senator Susan Garrett

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bush is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bush raised a total of $843,428 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[7]

Melinda Bush's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 31 Won $843,428
Grand Total Raised $843,428


Bush won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bush raised a total of $843,428.


Bush and her husband, Andy, have one child.[1]

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Preceded by
Suzi Schmidt (R)
Illinois Senate District 31
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