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Sandy Cole
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Illinois House of Representatives District 62
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 8
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/per session day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Lake County Forest Preserves
Associate'sWheeling High School
Bachelor'sRockford College, 1976
Date of birthDecember 29, 1953
Office website
Personal website
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Sandy Cole (b. December 29, 1953) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 62nd district since 2007. She is also a Lake County Board Commissioner and Lake County Forest Preserves Commissioner.

Cole worked as an Office Manager with Cole, Martin and Company from 1992-1996. She graduated from Rockford College in 1976 with a B.S. in Graphic Arts with a minor in Mathematics; she also received a secondary education teaching certificate.[1][2]


Campaign themes


When asked by the Grayslake Patch what her priorities upon re-election would be, she replied:[2]

Key Issue 1: Jobs and small family-owned business retention and creation.
Key Issue 2: Property tax relief and reform.
Key Issue 3: Reduce government spending-spree and consolidate taxing districts.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Cole has been appointed to the following committees:


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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Sandy Cole endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [3]


Bill Name/Short Description Synopsis
HB0259 Plastic Bag Recycling Act Requires retailers that distribute plastic bags to consumers to implement a plastic bag collection and recycling program. Sets out plastic bag recycling program requirements. Provides that any retailer who knowingly violates the Act is guilty of a business offense punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Cole ran for re-election to the 62nd District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. She was unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012, and was defeated by Sam Yingling in the November 6 general election.[4][5]


Cole's campaign website lists the following endorsements:[6]

  • The Chicago Tribune
  • NRA
  • Italian American Political Coalition
  • Lake County Farm Bureau
  • Daily Herald


See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Cole won re-election to the 62nd District seat against Democrat Rich Voltair.[7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 62 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Sandy Cole (R) 20,010 66.63%
Rich Voltair (D) 10,020 33.37%

She defeated Paul Mitchell in the Republican primary on February 2nd by a margin of 4,344 to 2,675. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Republican Sandy Cole won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 62. She ran unopposed receiving 36,733 votes.[9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 62 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sandy Cole (R) 36,733


On November 7, 2006, Republican Sandy Cole won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 62 receiving 14,737 votes, ahead of Democrat Sharyn Elman who received 13,824 votes.[10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 62 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sandy Cole (R) 22,544
Sharyn Elman (D) 13,824


Cole and her husband, Steve, have three children.[1]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Cole collected $92,219 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:[11]

Illinois House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sandy Cole's campaign in 2010
Illinois Health Care Association$16,875
Citizens For Tom Cross$5,920
Illinois State Medical Society$5,000
Cole, Sandy$4,759
Total Raised in 2010 $92,219


In 2008, Cole collected $64,407 in donations.[12]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
House Republican Organization of Illinois $17,435
Citizens for Sandy Cole $6,759
Sandy Cole $2,967
Comcast $2,000
Illinois State Medical Society $2,000

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