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Mike Frerichs

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Mike Frerichs
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Illinois Treasurer
Incumbent
In office
January 12, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorDan Rutherford (R)
Compensation
Base salary$135,669
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Illinois State Senate District 52
2007 - 2015
Education
Bachelor'sYale University (1995)
Personal
Date of birthJuly 28, 1973
Place of birthGifford, Illinois
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Mike Frerichs is the current Democratic Treasurer of Illinois. First elected in 2014, Frerichs succeeded Republican Dan Rutherford in the office on January 12, 2015.[1]

Frerichs narrowly won election to the treasurer's office in 2014.[2] He secured the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 18, 2014, and faced Tom Cross (R) and Matt Skopek (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Before becoming state treasurer, Frerichs was a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 52. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Frierchs earned his Bachelor's from Yale University in 1995. His professional experience includes working as a teacher and Certified Public Finance Officer.

Political career

Illinois Treasurer (2015-present)

Frerichs was elected state treasurer in 2014. He was sworn into his first four-year term on January 12, 2015, succeeding Republican Dan Rutherford in the office.

Illinois Senate (2007-2015)

From 2007 to 2015, Frerichs was a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 52.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture and Conservation
Committee of the Whole
Financial Institutions
Higher Education, Chairperson
Licensed Activities and Pensions
Public Pensions & State Investments
2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Gaming license

On December 1, 2010, the Illinois Senate voted 31-20 in favor of a plan that allows for five additional casinos and electronic gaming at horse track facilities, increasing the number of licenses for casinos in the state to 15.

Under the plan, new casinos would operate in Chicago, southern Cook County, Danville, Rockford and Waukegan.

"Is it a huge expansion? Yes, I'm not going to deny it. But we have a huge deficit in the state of Illinois, we have got huge problems in the state of Illinois, so you don't look at little things to fix it, you look at big things to fix it," said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Terry Link, D-Waukegan.

Frerichs and other lawmakers wanted another way to increase revenue. He wanted to see General Motors return to Danville, though this did not happen.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Frerichs ran for 2014 election to the office of Treasurer of Illinois.[2] He was uncontested in the March 18 Democratic primary and faced Tom Cross (R) and Matt Skopek (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Results

Illinois Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Frerichs 48.1% 1,694,884
     Republican Tom Cross 47.8% 1,685,659
     Libertarian Matt Skopek 4.2% 146,654
Total Votes 3,527,197
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.

Race background

Narrow margin of victory for Frerichs

The treasurer's race was among a small handful of state executive elections in the United States that could not be decided on November 4. Republican candidate Tom Cross led Democratic candidate Mike Frerichs by 21,000 votes out of 3.4 million votes cast in the race on November 5. Cross's narrow lead shrunk further after absentee and provision ballots were counted the following week. The Cross campaign complained that Cook County balloting revealed instances of voter fraud and counting irregularities. Cross conceded to Frerichs on November 19, 2014, after all counties reported their results and gave Frerichs a lead of less than 10,000 votes.[5][6]

2012

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Frerichs won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 52. Frerichs was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, and defeated John Christian Bambenek (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Illinois State Senate, District 52, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Frerichs Incumbent 64.8% 48,493
     Republican John Christian Bambenek 35.2% 26,310
Total Votes 74,803

Endorsements

Frerichs' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[10]

  • Scott Eisenhauer, Republican and Mayor of Danville
  • Laurel Prussing, Democrat and Mayor of Urbana
  • Dave Lucas, Republican and Mayor of Homer
  • Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
  • Illinois AFL-CIO

2010

See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Frerichs won re-election to the 52nd District Seat in the Illinois State Senate against Republican Al Reynolds.[11]

Illinois State Senate, District 52 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Frerichs (D) 32,583 61.44%
Al Reynolds (R) 20,450 38.56%
The election took place on November 2, 2010. McCarter ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.[12]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Democrat Mike Frerichs won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 52 receiving 27,149 votes, ahead of Republican Judith Myers (26,607 votes), and Socialist Joseph Parnarauskis (1,894 votes).[13]


Illinois State Senate, District 52 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Frerichs (D) 27,149
Judith Myers (R) 26,607
Joseph Parnarauskis (S) 1,894

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Frerichs is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Frerichs raised a total of $2,338,200 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[14]

Mike Frerichs's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 52 Won $456,292
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 52 Won $413,664
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 52 Not up for election $177,521
2006 Illinois State Senate, District 52 Won $1,241,475
2000 Illinois State House, District 104 Defeated $18,496
1998 Illinois State House, District 104 Defeated $30,752
Grand Total Raised $2,338,200

2012

Frerichs won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Frerichs raised a total of $456,292.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Mike Frerichs's campaign in 2012
Illinois Education Association$30,000
Illinois Laborers$25,000
Illinois Federation of Teachers$15,500
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois$11,000
Frerichs, Michael$10,500
Total Raised in 2012$456,292
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Frerichs won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Frerichs raised a total of $413,664.

2008

Frerichs was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Frerichs raised a total of $177,521.

2006

Frerichs won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Frerichs raised a total of $1,241,475.

2000

Frerichs lost the election for the Illinois House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Frerichs raised a total of $18,496.

1998

Frerichs lost the election for the Illinois House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Frerichs raised a total of $30,752.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Illinois

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Illinois scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2014

In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[15]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."

2013

In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[16]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

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."[17][18]

2012

Frerichs received a score of 42.86 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 34th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[18]

Personal

Frerichs is divorced and has a daughter.[19]

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References

  1. "New Ill. GOP comptroller, treasurer: no blank checks for Dem gov’s borrowing," Illinois Statehouse News, November 10, 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mike Frerichs for Treasurer 2014 Official campaign website, "Homepage," accessed September 30, 2013
  3. Illinois General Assembly, "List of Illinois Senate Committees," July 28, 2009
  4. "Senate OKs new gaming rules in Illinois," Illinois Statehouse News, December 1, 2010
  5. ABC 7 Chicago, "FRAUD ALLEGATIONS EMERGE IN TIGHT TREASURER'S VOTE COUNT," November 10, 2014
  6. Chicago Tribune, "Cross concedes defeat in Illinois treasurer race," November 19, 2014
  7. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011
  8. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014
  9. Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
  10. Mike Frerichs, "Endorsements," accessed October 21, 2012
  11. Illinois Board of Elections, "2010 Illinois General Election Results," November 2, 2010
  12. Illinois Democratic Party, "2010 Illinois Primary Election Results," February 3, 2010
  13. Illinois Senate election results for 2006
  14. followthemoney.org, "Frerichs, Mike," accessed July 18, 2013
  15. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  16. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  17. Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013
  19. Reboot Illinois, "Aspiring to be Illinois’ first Mandarin-speaking treasurer: Mike Frerichs fun facts," September 23, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Dan Rutherford (R)
Illinois State Treasurer
2015 - present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Illinois Senate District 52
2007–2015
Succeeded by
Scott M. Bennett (D)