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Sandy Cole
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Illinois House of Representatives District 62
Former member
In office
2007 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner, Lake County Forest Preserves
Associate'sWheeling High School
Bachelor'sRockford College, 1976
Date of birthDecember 29, 1953
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Sandy Cole (b. December 29, 1953) was a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 62 from 2007 to 2013. 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 served on 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 in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 62. Cole was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and was defeated by Sam Yingling (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 62, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSam Yingling 55.3% 20,994
     Republican Sandy Cole Incumbent 44.7% 16,978
Total Votes 37,972


Cole's campaign website listed the following endorsements:[7]

  • 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.[8][9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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:[12]

Illinois House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sandy Cole's campaign in 2010
Illinois Healthcare 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.[13]

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


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."[14][15]


Cole received a score of 75.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of B- according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 12th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[15]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Illinois House of Representatives District 62
2007 – 2013
Succeeded by
Sam Yingling (D)