A Republican state lawmaker from Champaign said Friday he will not seek re-election in 2016.
State Rep. Adam Brown said he is taking on more of a leadership role in his family’s 1,000-acre farming operation and needs to step down from the 102nd district post he’s held since 2010.
“My plate has been beyond full for some time,” said Brown, 30, who recently announced the birth of his second child.
His pending departure, first reported by Capitolfax.com, is the latest in a line of Republican lawmakers who have announced they are not running again. Others include state Sen. Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville and state Reps. Mike Tryon of Crystal Lake and Ed Sullivan of Mundelein.
House GOP Leader JIM DURKIN of Western Springs had great things to say about his outgoing chief of staff and the person who will replace him.
Chief of staff SCOTT REIMERS of Springfield, who turns 44 this weekend and makes $140,000 annually, will go into lobbying. ANDREW FREIHEIT, 44, of Wheaton, who now makes $130,000 annually as chief legal counsel and ethics officer for the caucus, will become chief of staff. Durkin said in a prepared statement that he expects a smooth transition and that Reimers will stay on staff through the end of September.
Durkin called Reimers “one of the hardest-working people I know” and “a devoted public servant and an important member of my team.”
Reimers said Durkin will “forever be a good friend,” but he also said that after 21 years with the General Assembly “and missing too many of my children’s games and activities, I felt it was time for me to start a new challenge.” He and his wife, LORI, have two children.
So, we’ve got three retiring House Republicans plus the chief of staff.
* I’ve talked to all of the retiring legislators at some length and the only pattern I’ve found is that they want to get on with their lives. A couple of them also had some health issues. Plus, Reimers was the chief under Durkin’s predecessor, so many figured he’d eventually be moving along.
And “Coach” never moved into his new district, so that retirement has been expected for quite some time.
* Don’t get me wrong, this session isn’t going as planned for the Republicans, who initially rejoiced at finally having a governor to backstop them, then ended up being being even more tightly controlled than their ’shroomy colleagues across the aisle.
So, I don’t doubt that the governor has something to do with all this. But I wouldn’t ever say that it is the reason.