Mike Frerichs

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Mike Frerichs
Treasurer of Illinois
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 12, 2015
Governor Bruce Rauner
Preceded by Dan Rutherford
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 52nd district
In office
January 2007 – January 12, 2015
Preceded by Rick Winkel
Succeeded by Scott Bennett
Auditor of Champaign County
In office
2002–2007
Preceded by Gerrie Parr
Succeeded by Tony Fabri
Personal details
Born (1973-07-28) July 28, 1973 (age 41)
Gifford, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Yale University
National Cheng Kung University
Religion Lutheranism

Michael W. "Mike" Frerichs (born July 28, 1973) is the State Treasurer of Illinois, having taken office on January 12, 2015. Prior to being elected treasurer, he was a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 52nd District since 2007. The East Central Illinois district, located in Champaign and Vermilion counties, includes all or parts of Champaign, Danville, Georgetown, Gifford, Rantoul, Thomasboro and Urbana.[1]

In the 98th General Assembly, Frerichs served as the chairman of the Higher Education committee[2] and had previously served as chairman of the Agriculture & Conservation and Enterprise Zone Extensions committees.[3][4]

Early life and career[edit]

Frerichs was born and raised in the small farming town of Gifford. Upon graduating from Rantoul Township High School, Frerichs attended Yale University and received his BA in 1995. He then attended National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan where he studied Mandarin Chinese while teaching English courses.[5] Upon returning home, Senator Frerichs began to teach at his alma mater and became involved in the community, including, serving on his local volunteer fire department, on the board of a local non-profit nursing home, and as a member of the Urbana Rotary Club.

Champaign County official[edit]

In 1998, Frerichs ran against then-State Representative Tim Johnson and though he lost, it was the closest margin in Johnson’s political career.[6] In 2000 Frerichs was elected to the Champaign County Board and reelected in 2002.[7][8]

Later that year, Frerichs was appointed to succeed Gerrie Parr as the Champaign County Auditor by his fellow board members.[9] As Auditor he was responsible for preparing budget reports, maintaining financial records, ensuring the county meet state and federal reporting requirements, preventing fraud and improving the financial health of the county.[10] At the time, he was the only auditor in the state to become a Certified Public Finance Officer, a credential he continues to maintain.[2][5] Two years later, he was elected to the position.

Illinois State Senator[edit]

In 2005, Frerichs announced he would run for the 52nd Legislative District seat that includes most of Champaign County and Vermilion County to fill the vacancy caused by Rick Winkel’s retirement.[11] In what became the most expensive state senate race of 2006,[12] Senator Frerichs was elected to the Illinois Senate by a margin of approximately five hundred votes.[13] as the first Democratic State Senator to represent East Central Illinois since 1936.[14]

Frerichs served as Chairman of the Illinois State Senate's Committee on Higher Education[2] and was a past-chair of the Agriculture & Conservation and Enterprise Zone Extensions.[3][4] He also sat on the committees for Financial Institutions, Licensed Activities and Pensions, Public Pensions & State Investments and the Agriculture & Conservation.[2]

During his time in the Senate, Frerichs led efforts to eliminate the corrupt legislative scholarship program,[15] advocated for the disclosure of chemicals used in fracking,[16] and funded improvements at the University of Illinois, Parkland College and Danville Community College while fighting to reduce Illinois' disparities in education funding.[17] After Governor Rod Blagojevich was removed from office for corruption, Frerichs moved to have the former governor barred from ever holding office again in Illinois. This motion, like the vote to remove him, carried unanimously.[18]

Treasurer of Illinois[edit]

2014 election[edit]

Frerichs announced his intention to run for the vacated office of Treasurer of Illinois in early January of 2014, after incumbent Republican Treasurer Dan Rutherford had announced his intention to run for Governor of Illinois. Frerichs ran uncontested in the Democratic Party primary and faced Illinois State Representative and former Illinois State House Minority Leader Tom Cross in the General Election on November 4.[19]

For more than two weeks after election day, the election was too close to call, but eventually Frerichs was declared the winner, defeating Cross 48.1% to 47.8%, as the election ended up being one of the closest in Illinois state history, being decided by only 9,225 votes out of more than 3.5 million ballots cast.[20][21][22]

Tenure[edit]

He was inaugurated on January 12, 2015 and is serving as the Treasurer of Illinois.[23]

Electoral history[edit]

2006 General Election Results – Illinois’s 52nd Senate District [13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Frerichs 27,149 48.8
Republican Judith Myers 26,607 47.8
Socialist Joseph Parnaraukis 1,894 3.4
Democratic gain from Republican
2010 General Election Results- Illinois's 52nd Senate District [24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Frerichs 32,583 61.5
Republican Al Reynolds 20,450 38.5
Democratic hold
2012 General Election Results- Illinois's 52nd Senate District [25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Frerichs 48,493 64.8
Republican John Bambenek 26,310 35.2
Democratic hold
2014 General Election Results – Illinois’s State Treasurer[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Frerichs 1,694,884 48.05
Republican Tom Cross 1,685,659 47.79
Libertarian Matt Skopek 146,654 4.16
Democratic gain from Republican

References[edit]

  1. ^ Veeneman, Drew. "Map of 52nd District" (PDF). precinctmaps.com. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Senator Michael W. Frerichs". Illinois General Assembly Legislative Information Service. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  3. ^ a b "97th Agriculture and Conservation". Illinois General Assembly Legislative Information Service. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  4. ^ a b "97th Enterprise Zone Extensions". Illinois General Assembly Legislative Information Service. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Biography". Illinois Senate Democratic Caucus. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  6. ^ "General Election – 11/3/1998 104th Representative". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  7. ^ County Clerk Mark Shelden. "Official Results of Champaign County, Illinois General Election November 7, 2000 Final Summary" (PDF). Office of the Champaign County Clerk. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  8. ^ County Clerk Mark V. Shelden. "Official Results of Champaign County, Illinois General Election November 5, 2002 Final Summary" (PDF). Office of the Champaign County Clerk. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  9. ^ "County Board Meeting Minutes 19 December 2002" (PDF). Champaign County Recorder. 
  10. ^ "Office of the Champaign County Auditor – About the Office". Co.champaign.il.us. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  11. ^ Monson, Mike. "Champaign County Auditor to seek seat". The News-Gazette. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  12. ^ "Follow the Money - Illinois Senate 2006". 
  13. ^ a b "2006 General Election Results-Illinois's 52nd Senate District". Elections.il.gov. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Illinois Ag Connection Honors Mike Frerichs". Illinoisagconnection.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  15. ^ McFarland, Shannon (2012-05-03). "Illinois Legislative Scholarships Ending? Senate Votes To End Controversial Program". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  16. ^ Kacich, Tom. "State bills aim to control 'fracking' to extract natural gas". The News-Gazette. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  17. ^ "About Mike". Friends of Frerichs. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  18. ^ Quinn, Celeste. "Illinois Public Radio live coverage from the Illinois Senate, the impeachment trial of Governor Rod Blagojevich". Illinois Public Media, University of Illinois. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  19. ^ "Tom Cross claims GOP nomination in race for state treasurer". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  20. ^ Chicago Tribune (19 November 2014). "Cross concedes defeat in treasurer race - Chicago Tribune". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Tom Cross concedes in treasurer's race, giving Frerichs win". Chicago. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  22. ^ "GENERAL ELECTION - 11/4/2014". Elections.il.gov. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  23. ^ Chicago Tribune (12 January 2015). "Madigan, White lead other statewide elected officials taking the oath - Chicago Tribune". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "2010 General Election Results-Illinois's 52nd Senate District". Elections.il.gov. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "2012 General Election Results- Illinois's 52nd Senate District". Elections.il.gov. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 
  26. ^ "Illinois Secretary of States Official Results" (PDF). Elections.il.gov. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 

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