Tom Cullerton

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Thomas E. Cullerton
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Illinois State Senate District 23
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Member, City Council, Villa Park
2005 - Present
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1990-1993
ProfessionVillage President, Villa Park
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas E. Cullerton is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations II
Committee of the Whole
Labor and Commerce
Local Government
State Government & Veterans Affairs


Campaign themes


Tom Cullerton's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Jobs & the Economy
Excerpt: "Tom Cullerton believes that we can promote job creation by educating our workforce on how to adapt to new markets such as “green” technology and ensuring that tax credits are be based on FTE growth. He is against curtailing the collective bargaining rights of public employees. He supports raising the minimum wage to establish a living wage for Illinois workers."
  • The Budget
Excerpt: "As a senator, his goal would be to have the tax increase to expire; Cullerton also believes that voters be informed and ultimately have full say in regards to any tax changes. Cullerton is for a reduction of costs in all departments that is reasonable while still offering budgetary relief."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Tom Cullerton wants to have discussions on how to get lower performing schools to higher levels of achievement. He knows the importance of not increasing burdens on families when funding education; he does not support increasing income taxes in order to increase state education funding."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "He believes that the state should make sure we fund our pensions every year. Cullerton supports raising Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to at least equal the poverty level. He supports medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education."
  • Womens' Rights
Excerpt: "Tom Cullerton is pro-choice. He supports repealing the Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 and replacing it with a law that states decisions about reproductive matters should be made privately, between a woman and her doctor, without governmental interference."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Cullerton won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 23. Cullerton defeated Kevin Allen and Greg Brownfield in the March 20 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Carole Pankau (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Illinois State Senate, District 23, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cullerton 51.2% 40,829
     Republican Carole Pankau 48.8% 38,920
Total Votes 79,749
Illinois State Senate, District 23 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Kevin Allen 30.5% 2,344
Greg Brownfield 28.7% 2,206
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas E. Cullerton 40.8% 3,130
Total Votes 7,680

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Cullerton is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Cullerton raised a total of $475,544 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[5]

Tom Cullerton's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 23 Won $475,544
Grand Total Raised $475,544


Cullerton won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Cullerton raised a total of $475,544.


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[6]

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.[7]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


Cullerton his wife, Stacey, have three children.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carole Pankau (R)
Illinois Senate District 23
Succeeded by