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Tim Bivins
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Illinois State Senate District 45
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 6
Minority Whip, Illinois State Senate
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth1953
Office website
Campaign website
Tim Bivins is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 45. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He served as Minority Whip from 2013 to 2014.


Bivins' professional experience includes working in law enforcement for 32 years. He was Lee County Sheriff for 20 years and served as President of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association.[1][2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Bivins served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations I
Restorative Justice
Environment and Conservation
Human Services
Local Government
Legislative Ethics


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bivins served on the following committees:[3]


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bivins served on these committees:[4]


Campaign themes


Bivins's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

  • Budget
Excerpt: "Our state faces some major challenges, and one of the greatest is putting our fiscal house in order. Unless we are on a firm financial footing, Illinois can not possibly hope to be able to provide its citizens with necessary services. This is why I believe that we need to get our budget under control and repeal the income tax increase passed in January of 2011."
  • Business
Excerpt: "I also believe that working to promote a better business climate in Illinois is a fundamental part of building a strong and prosperous state. A better business climate is one that is fair to employers and leads to the creation of jobs for Illinois citizens. Building a better business climate will not only encourage businesses already located in Illinois to expand and grow, but will also attract new business and create new opportunities."
  • Reform
Excerpt: "I will continue to push for a responsible approach, for long overdue reforms to a system that clearly does not work. Someone has to stand up for the hard-working taxpayers of Illinois.'



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Tim Bivins ran unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[6][7][8]


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Bivins won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 45. Bivins was unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20 and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

Illinois State Senate, District 45, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Bivins Incumbent 100% 78,179
Total Votes 78,179


On November 4, 2008, Republican Tim Bivins won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 45 receiving 61,310 votes, ahead of Democrat Marty Mulcahey receiving 35,728 votes.[12]

Illinois State Senate, District 45 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tim Bivins (R) 61,310
Marty Mulcahey (D) 35,728

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bivins is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Bivins raised a total of $960,870 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[13]

Tim Bivins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 45 Won $84,706
2010 Illinois State Senate, District 45 Not up for election $88,940
2008 Illinois State Senate, District 45 Won $787,224
Grand Total Raised $960,870


Bivins won re-election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bivins raised a total of $84,706.
Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Tim Bivins's campaign in 2012
Lee County Republican Central Cmte$3,000
Illinois Hospital Association$2,000
John Deere & Co$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$84,706
Source: Follow the Money


Bivins was not up for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Bivins raised a total of $88,940.


Bivins won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Bivins raised a total of $787,224.


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

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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[14]

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


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[15]

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."[16][17]


Bivins received a score of 85.71 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of B according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 17th highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[17]


Bivins and his wife, Terri, live in Dixon. They have two children and seven grandchildren.[2]

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