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|Treasurer of Illinois|
January 10, 2011
|Preceded by||Alexi Giannoulias|
|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 53rd district
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 87th district
May 26, 1955 |
Pontiac, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Illinois State University|
Dan Rutherford is the Illinois Treasurer. He served as a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 53rd district, from 2003 to 2011, and in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003.
Early life and education
Rutherford was born in Pontiac, Illinois, and attended Pontiac Township High School. Following high school, Rutherford attended Illinois State University. While at Illinois State University, Rutherford was elected Student Body President.
While on a business trip to Japan in 1984, Rutherford became familiar with the ServiceMaster Company. One year later, he joined the Downers Grove, Illinois-headquartered company as an executive. Rutherford eventually became responsible for expansion of the company's businesses internationally, licensing services in Chile, Brazil, Honduras, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Guam, Venezuela, South Africa, Spain, and a host of other countries. ServiceMaster is a family of service companies with trade names such as ServiceMaster clean, Terminix, Tru-Green Chem Lawn, Merry Maids, American Home Shield, and Rescue Rooter.
1980 Reagan campaign
Dan Rutherford's public service career began following his graduation from Illinois State University as a legislative assistant in Springfield. In the GOP (Republican) Primary of 1980, Rutherford (then 24 years old) coordinated a congressional district for Governor Ronald Reagan's campaign. Rutherford's work in coordinating that congressional district earned recognition from the Reagan National Campaign and he was subsequently tapped to serve as the Executive Director for the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign.
Illinois General Assembly
In 1993, Rutherford was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. Rutherford eventually became Assistant Republican Leader.
Following 10 years of service in that body, in 2002, Rutherford was elected to represent Illinois' 53rd district in the Senate. In the Senate, Rutherford served as the ranking Republican for the Financial Institutions Committee and was a member of the Environment & Energy Committee. Senator Rutherford also served on the bi-partisan Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
As a lawmaker, Senator Dan Rutherford sponsored and directed legislation which changed the formula for reimbursing nursing homes for care of the elderly. The new system bases rates on the medical needs of the resident, rather than just their geographic location in the state.
2006 Illinois Secretary of State campaign
On September 12, 2005, Rutherford officially announced his campaign for the office of Illinois Secretary of State. Rutherford faced incumbent Democrat Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, of Jesse White Tumbling Team fame, and Green Party candidate Karen Young Peterson, in the November, 2006 election, but lost to Jesse White.
2010 Illinois Treasurer campaign
- 2010 election for Treasurer of Illinois
- Dan Rutherford (R), 49.9%
- Robin Kelly (D), 45.1%
- Scott Summers (G), 3.2%
- James Pauly (L), 1.9%
- 2006 election for Secretary of State of Illinois
- Jesse White (D) (inc.), 62%
- Dan Rutherford (R), 34%
- Illinois State Treasurer
- Dan Rutherford for Governor
- Dan Rutherford on the Open Directory Project
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Illinois State Senate Republicans