|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 65th district
July 8, 1941 |
Mulligan first ran for the Illinois House of Representatives in 1990, losing the Republican primary to conservative incumbent Penny Pullen by five votes. In 1992, Mulligan ran again and won . On January 12, 2011 Rep. Mulligan was sworn in for her tenth term as state representative. In her 18 years in the Illinois House, she has become a leader on state budget issues (particularly human service appropriations), family issues, health care, and early childhood education.
She is recognized for her expertise in prescription drugs, problem and compulsive gambling, health insurance coverage and reforms, welfare to work and victims’ rights. She has served as majority chair or minority spokesman of the Illinois House Human Services Appropriations Committee for 10 years. She has received numerous awards and honors and was named “One of the Top 100 Women Making a Difference” by Today's Chicago Woman.
In the fall of 2009 Mulligan announced her intention to run for Republican Committeeman of Maine Township Maine Township, Cook County, Illinois against incumbent Mark Thompson. Mulligan gained the support and endoresement of almost all locally elected Republican officials in the Maine Township area. All three of the immediate past presidents of the Maine Township Regular Republican Organization, Sean Sullivan, Jim Smith and Nicholas Milissis, publicly declared their support of Mulligan in a letter to the press..
Mulligan won the race on February 2, 2010  and currently holds both the positions of State Representative of the 65th district and Republican Committeeman of Maine Township.
Mulligan stated that she hopes to bring "unity and organization" back to the Republican Party in Maine Township, something she believes was lacking during Thompson's tenure. She also plans to reinstate many of the precinct captains Thompson let go in recent years and "build bridges" with local Republicans who have not been involved with the organization for some time." 
- Illinois General Assembly - Representative Rosemary Mulligan (R) 65th District official IL House website
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Illinois House Republican Caucus - Rosemary Mulligan profile
- Rosemary Mulligan official campaign website