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}}{{tnr}}'''Robert W. Pritchard''' (b. February 2, 1945) is a [[Republican Party (United States)|Republican]] member of the [[Illinois House of Representatives]], representing District 70 since 2003, when he was appointed to the seat.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Robert W. Pritchard''' (b. February 2, 1945) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[Illinois House of Representatives]], representing District 70. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2003.
  
Pritchard is an agriculture producer.  He previously worked as Executive Director of the Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation in 2003, Director of Monsanto from 1998-2002, and Extension Advisor at the University of Illinois in 1979.
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Pritchard's professional experience includes working as an agriculture producer, Executive Director of the Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation, Director of Monsanto, and Extension Advisor at the University of Illinois.
 
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Pritchard is Chair of the Church Finance Committee, President of the Agriculture Relations Council, and past President of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Assembly Board.<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=MIL02606 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Pritchard]</ref>
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Pritchard received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale.  His score was tied for the 55th highest among all 120 members of the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] included in the Vote Card.<ref name="IOP"/>
 
Pritchard received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale.  His score was tied for the 55th highest among all 120 members of the [[Illinois House of Representatives]] included in the Vote Card.<ref name="IOP"/>
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==Personal==
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Pritchard is Chair of the Church Finance Committee, President of the Agriculture Relations Council, and past President of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Assembly Board.<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=MIL02606 Project Vote Smart - Rep. Pritchard]</ref>
  
 
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*[http://www.ilga.gov/house/Rep.asp?GA=97&MemberID=1699 Illinois General Assembly - Representative Robert W. Pritchard (R) 70th District]  
 
*[http://www.ilga.gov/house/Rep.asp?GA=97&MemberID=1699 Illinois General Assembly - Representative Robert W. Pritchard (R) 70th District]  
 
**[http://www.ilga.gov/house/RepBills.asp?MemberID=1293 Bills] [http://www.ilga.gov/house/RepCommittees.asp?MemberID=1293 Committees]
 
**[http://www.ilga.gov/house/RepBills.asp?MemberID=1293 Bills] [http://www.ilga.gov/house/RepCommittees.asp?MemberID=1293 Committees]
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=MIL02606 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://votesmart.org/candidate/33320/robert-pritchard#.UdHrkoYlPsY Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=MIL02606 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
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*[http://votesmart.org/candidate/biography/33320/robert-pritchard#.UdHrlIYlPsY Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98791 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?si=200614&c=417375 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?si=200414&c=395973 2004]  
 
*Campaign contributions: [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=98791 2008], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?si=200614&c=417375 2006], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?si=200414&c=395973 2004]  
  

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Robert W. Pritchard
Robert Pritchard.jpg
Illinois House of Representatives District 70
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, 1967
Master'sUniversity of Illinois, 1968
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 2, 1945
Place of birthAurora, IL
ProfessionAgriculture Producer
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Robert W. Pritchard (b. February 2, 1945) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 70. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2003.

Pritchard's professional experience includes working as an agriculture producer, Executive Director of the Illinois Agriculture Leadership Foundation, Director of Monsanto, and Extension Advisor at the University of Illinois.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education
Appropriations-Higher Education
Business Growth & Incentives
Elementary & Secondary Education
Higher Education
State Government Administration
Veterans' Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pritchard served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pritchard served on the following committees:

Issues

Death penalty

At the beginning of the 2011 session, Kwame Raoul sponsored a proposal that will appeal the death penalty in Illinois. He faced opposition from the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association.

Raoul cited 10 years of studies that demonstrate a broken criminal justice system.

“There’s got to be a point where you try and solve a problem,” said Raoul. “I think it’s high time the Illinois justice system catch up.”

In 2000, former Gov. George Ryan placed a temporary moratorium on the death penalty, which has since been upheld. Three years later and two days before leaving office, he commuted the sentences of 167 Death Row prisoners.

Sheldon Sobol, Grundy County state's attorney and president of the Illinois State's Attorneys Association, said that the legislation was rushed through committee and that victims didn’t get a chance to be heard by lawmakers.

“When this bill is taken by the Legislature, they have not heard from the most important people that are impacted by this decision,” said Sobol.[1]

On January 6, 2011, the House narrowly passed the bill to abolish the death penalty. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it will be considered when that chamber returns to the Capitol next week.

Lawmakers approved Senate Bill 3539 with the required 60 votes after waging an earlier emotional, hour-long debate. However, the $20 million annual cost of death penalty cases that convinced state Rep. Patrick J. Verschoore to change his previous “no” vote to “yes.”

“I was on both sides of this issue. But then you think of the potential cost savings of this bill, and the state needs all of the savings we can get,” Verschoore said. “Besides, my wife was on me to vote for it.”

“Let’s instead put that money where it really matters,” said state Rep. Karen Yarbrough. “Let’s give law enforcement some training that they need to wage the fight against crime. Let’s give victims of these heinous crimes the support and services that they long deserve.”

Former FBI agent and state Rep. Jim Sacia could not be swayed. He recalled that Brian Dugan confessed to the 1985 killing of 7-year-old Melissa Ackerman in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.

“We wouldn’t have had information on the heinousness of this crime had we not had the tool of the death penalty,” Sacia said.

Rep. Robert W. Pritchard said issues of life and death aren’t that cut and dried.

“I agree there are cases that we’d like to have that perpetrator put to death,” Pritchard said. “But it’s arbitrary how and who we pursue in those cases.”

Rep. William Burns agreed and noted that the death penalty has often been biased in its implementation.

“If you’re an African-American who kills a white victim, you’re more likely to be sentenced to death than a white person who kills a black person,” Burns said. “That if you’re low-income, if you are uneducated, you’re more likely to be sentenced to death than someone who has more education and more money.”[2]

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Pritchard won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 70. Pritchard was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 70, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert W. Pritchard Incumbent 100% 33,823
Total Votes 33,823


2010

See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Pritchard won re-election to the 70th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition.[6]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 70 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robert W. Pritchard (R) 28,396 100.0%

He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Robert Pritchard won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 70 receiving 35,501 votes, ahead of James Dusing (Green) who received 10,663 votes.[7]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 70 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Pritchard (R) 35,501
James Dusing (G) 10,663

2006

On November 7, 2006, Republican Robert Pritchard won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 70 receiving 18,310 votes ahead of Democrat Charles Sauer who received 12,008 votes.[8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 70 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Pritchard (R) 18,310
Charles Sauer (D) 12,008

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Pritchard collected $172,745 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:[9]

Illinois House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert W. Pritchard's campaign in 2010
Associated Beer Distributors Of Illinois$2,500
State Universities Annuitants Association$2,490
Illinois Realtors Association$2,450
John Deere & Co$2,000
Waste Management$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $172,745

2008

In 2008, Pritchard collected $165,149 in donations.[10]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 501 $4,600
Illinois State Medical Society $4,000
Illinois Education Association $3,839
Monsanto $3,399
Illinois Realtors Association $2,700

Scorecards

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."[11][12]

2012

Pritchard received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 55th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[12]

Personal

Pritchard is Chair of the Church Finance Committee, President of the Agriculture Relations Council, and past President of the Illinois Department of Agriculture Assembly Board.[13]

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