Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Senate Democrats choose Harmon for a full term as President
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Senate Democrats choose Harmon for a full term as President

Thursday, Dec 3, 2020

* Press release…

Oak Park Democrat Don Harmon has the support of the Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus to be Illinois Senate President in the 102nd General Assembly.

“I am honored and humbled to have the support of my colleagues to serve as president of the Illinois Senate. We have a fantastically talented collection of Senate Democrats who are ready to make their mark, solve problems and lead Illinois through an upcoming year that will be filled with both challenges and accomplishments,” Harmon said after the vote.

Senate Democrats caucused virtually Thursday regarding the upcoming session.

The Illinois Senate Democratic caucus will have 41 members for the 102nd General Assembly, which is scheduled to begin on Jan. 13, 2021. One of the first official actions of a new General Assembly is to elect the Senate President and minority leader posts. In the Senate, the governor presides over the chamber until the Senate President is elected.

Harmon was elected Senate President earlier this year by his colleagues to serve out the remainder of the two-year leadership term previously held by Sen. John Cullerton, who retired from office at the start of 2020.

During Harmon’s first session as Senate President, the COVID-19 global pandemic forced the cancelation of much of the 2020 spring legislation session. Faced with ongoing public health concerns regarding large gatherings, the Senate embraced technology and in May adopted official rules for online hearings so the Senate’s work could continue. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and Black Lives Matter marches, the Legislative Black Caucus under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford quickly embraced the new online Senate committee process and launched a series of hearings on racial and social justice in an effort to build a legislative agenda to address systemic racism in Illinois.

Harmon, 54, was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2002. He lives in Oak Park with his wife Teresa. They have three children. He has a BA from Knox College in Galesburg, and a law degree and MBA in economics from the University of Chicago.

Harmon is an avid guitar player and founding member of the bipartisan Boat Drink Caucus band.

Speaker Madigan is currently embroiled in a reelection battle, Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady was ousted by his caucus and House GOP Leader Jim Durkin defeated a challenge. Harmon won his chamber’s top job a year ago after a bitter battle, but he had an easy ride to a full term.

…Adding… Politico

He also gave Lightford the reins to manage much of the online Senate committee process, including hearings on racial and social justice issues.

On Thursday, she nominated Harmon to keep the Senate gavel, a sign of his ability to unite the caucus.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 7:11 pm:

    When you think back to Harmon getting the seat, and then now, he and his caucus is seemingly the least volatile of the four

    Life moves pretty fast


  2. - Centennial - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 7:14 pm:

    What Willy said. What a difference a year makes. Good for Harmon.


  3. - Bigtwich - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 7:32 pm:

    ==Life moves pretty fast==

    If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.


  4. - Frumpy White Guy - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 7:38 pm:

    Harmon is without question the most powerful legislator in Springfield. O how times have changed.


  5. - Inverted Pyramid - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 8:24 pm:

    I have been told that 19 House Democrats will be announcing (via Twitter, of course) that the next Senate President will most certainly be a Democrat.


  6. - Leigh John-Ella - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 8:29 pm:

    Durkin’s last-minute plea for Dems to elect him Senate President was rejected.


  7. - Ok - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 8:35 pm:

    Frankly, he has had like 1 month of session at the helm…


  8. - Twinkie Man - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 8:45 pm:

    Well deserved; well qualified for Sen. Harmon. House Dems: pls get your act together!


  9. - SaulGoodman - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 9:51 pm:

    **Frankly, he has had like 1 month of session at the helm…**

    You missed a lot.


  10. - Bored Chairman - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 9:52 pm:

    A decent person in an indecent arena. Good for him and for Illinois.


  11. - ANON - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 10:05 pm:

    Let’s hope the Governor moves quickly to work with President Harmon and the Senate Dems. The two of them have been personal friends for decades and these next two years is a great opportunity to grow and develop their professional relationship. The State desperately needs these two to work together to solve problems.


  12. - low level - Thursday, Dec 3, 20 @ 11:37 pm:

    Outstanding. Don Harmon learned well from Phil Rock.
    And St Ignatius does well yet again.

    Congratulations President Harmon!


  13. - DirtLawyer - Friday, Dec 4, 20 @ 10:37 am:

    Good for Don and for Illinois. Nice classmate and an all-around good guy. It’s good to know there’s a smart, capable, and reasonable person in the Senate chair.


  14. - White Sox booster - Friday, Dec 4, 20 @ 12:31 pm:

    Congratulations to President Harmon on being re-elected. His wisdom, fairness, fundraising abilities will continue to serve Illinois well!


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* Thanks!
* COVID-19 roundup
* We've heard this all before
* Maybe not
* 4,822 new confirmed and probable cases; 107 additional deaths; 3,284 hospitalized; 722 in ICU; 5.5 percent average case positivity rate; 6.8 percent average test positivity rate; 21,869 average daily vaccine doses administered; 2 regions make more progress
* SGOP Leader McConchie criticizes Trump's Urlacher pardon: "Undermines the public’s faith in our system"
* When you oppose popular bills you campaigned for, stuff can happen to your agenda
* CPD accused of illegal quota-based policing plan
* Illinois Credit Union League Offers Congratulations!
* Yeah, this will work out well
* The trend appears friendly for now
* Open thread
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today's edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
January 2021
December 2020
November 2020
October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller