Jason Barickman

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Jason Barickman
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 53rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 9, 2013 (2013-Jan-09)
Preceded by Shane Cultra
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 105th district
In office
January 10, 2011 (2011-Jan-10) – January 9, 2013 (2013-Jan-09)
Preceded by Shane Cultra
Succeeded by Dan Brady
Personal details
Born (1975-05-01) May 1, 1975 (age 39)
Streator, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kristin Barickman
Children Two sons
Residence Champaign, Illinois
Alma mater University of Illinois
Illinois State University
Profession Attorney
Religion Christian

Jason Barickman (May 1, 1975), is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 53rd district since January 2013. Barickman is a veteran, having served in the Illinois Army National Guard as an infantry soldier. He previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 105th district from 2011 to 2013.[1] Barickman graduated from Woodland High School,[2] is a principal at the Meyer Capal law firm,[3] and regularly owns, manages and develops real estate. Jason was raised on his family farm in rural Livingston County. Barickman accepted the role of Champaign County Republican Central Committee Chairman in 2006 following his graduation from the University of Illinois College of Law. Barickman and his wife Kristin reside in Bloomington with their two sons. Barickman is also a graduate of Illinois State University, where he served as the student body president.

Illinois House of Representatives[edit]

Following the election of former State Senator Dan Rutherford as Illinois State Treasurer then State Rep. Shane Cultra was selected to fill out Rutherford's remaining term in the Illinois State Senate. Barickman was then appointed to fill Cultra's vacated House seat. Vacancies in the Illinois Legislature are filled by a weighted vote of the Republican Party Chairmen of those counties within the district.[4] As Champaign County GOP Chairman, Barickman voluntarily relinquished his vote for both the senate and house seats, avoiding any perceived conflict of interest. Barickman then served a two-year term as a State Representative from the 105th House District in Illinois, a district that comprised parts of Livingston, Iroquois, Ford, McLean, Vermilion and Champaign counties.[5]

Illinois State Senate[edit]

Following Illinois' redistricting process and adoption of new legislative maps, Barickman announced his candidacy for the new 53rd Senate district. The 53rd district consists of all or parts of Livingston, Iroquois, Ford, McLean, Vermillion, and Woodford counties. Barickman was elected to the Illinois State Senate on November 6, 2012.

On February 14, 2013, the Illinois State Senate voted on a gay-marriage bill (the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act). Barickman was the lone Republican senator to vote for the bill. [6]

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