Michael Hastings

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Michael Hastings
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Candidate for
Illinois State Senate District 19
High schoolVictor J. Andrew High School (1998)
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy (2003)
Master'sUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
CitationsBronze Star
Personal website
Campaign website
Michael Hastings is a Democratic senator-elect of the Illinois State Senate.

Hastings serves as Vice-President of the Consolidated High School District #230 school board. He has worked for Johnson & Johnson’s BioSurgery Division and served as a Captain in the United States Army. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.[1]


Campaign themes

On his 2012 campaign website, Hastings lists six main issues of the campaign:

  • Getting Illinois Financial House in Order: "Tax and spend is not the answer. Fiscal responsibility is -- I will bring this back to Illinois."[2]
  • Pension Reform: "Bottom line – Pensions should not be an 'entitlement' or a 'government handout.' The current pension system needs to be overhauled. The numbers do not lie, if we do nothing to provide solutions to these complex problems -- Illinois will be crippled by the growing size of our debt."[3]
  • Bringing Business Back to Illinois: "For a state with great cities like Tinley Park, Matteson, or Mokena there should be no reason why we are not the epicenter for job creation. The problem: ILLINOIS IS BECOMING AN UNFRIENDLY BUSINESS STATE!"[4]
  • Illinois Veterans: "Illinois does a great job at providing benefits and services for veterans. We can still push forward and do better."[5]
  • Get Illinois Back to Work
  • Education for Illinois



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Hastings won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 19. Hastings defeated Gregory Hannon in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Edgar Montalvo (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois State Senate, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Hastings 62.2% 62,029
     Republican Edgar Montalvo 37.8% 37,704
Total Votes 99,733

Illinois State Senate, District 19 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Hastings 76.8% 11,480
Gregory Hannan 23.2% 3,476
Total Votes 14,956

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