Darlene Senger

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Darlene Senger
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 41st district
In office
January 2013 - January 2015
Preceded by Chris Nybo
Succeeded by Grant Wehrli
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 96th district
In office
January 2009 - January 2013
Preceded by Joe Dunn
Succeeded by Sue Scherer
Personal details
Born (1955-07-28) July 28, 1955 (age 62)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Terry
Children two
Residence Naperville, Illinois
Alma mater DePaul University
Purdue University

Darlene J. Senger (born July 28, 1955)[1] is an American politician. She was a member of the Naperville, Illinois City Council, where she served from 2002-2008,[2][3] and was a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives from January 2009 to January 2015.[2] In 2014, she unsuccessfully ran for Congress.

Senger is a legislative member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[4] On August 7, 2017, it was announced that she would join the administration of Bruce Rauner as deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs, as part of a staff shake up that has seen multiple Illinois Policy Institute staffers join the Governor's administration.[5]


In 2011, Rep. Senger placed a measure requiring more strict regulation of abortion clinics before the Illinois House's Agriculture and Conservation Committee. The measure passed the agricultural committee unanimously.[6][better source needed]

2014 Congressional campaign[edit]

Senger declared she would run for Illinois's 11th congressional district during the summer of 2013.[7] She won a competitive[8] Republican primary in March 2014 with 37% of the vote, defeating three other challengers.[9] Senger then proceeded to the general election, where she would face Democratic incumbent Bill Foster.[10] Foster defeated Senger 53.5%-46.5% in the general election on November 4, 2014.[11]


  1. ^ "Darlene Senger". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "State Rep. Senger may run for Congress". The Naperville Sun, July 17, 2013, page 3.
  3. ^ "Darlene Senger". 98th Illinois General Assembly. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  5. ^ Miller, Rich (August 7, 2017). "Senger hired as Rauner's new chief legislative liaison". Capitol Fax. Springfield, Illinois. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Brian C. Thomas. "Are women livestock? Why did IL House Agriculture Committee send a bill limiting a woman's right to choose to the full House? | Your Doubting Thomas". Chicagonow.com. Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  7. ^ Frick Carlman, Susan (July 29, 2013). "Senger joins 11th Dist. Congress race". Post-Tribune. Merrillville, Indiana. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ Cahn, Emily (December 4, 2013). "Most Competitive Primary in Ill. Is for Foster's Seat". Roll Call. Washington, D.C. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Official Illinois State Board of Elections Results - March 18, 2014 Primary Election (P. 31)" (PDF). Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ Jenco, Melissa (October 23, 2014) - "11th District House Race Pits Senger Against Foster". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  11. ^ "Illinois General Election 2014". Illinois State Board of Elections. 2014-11-04. Retrieved 2014-12-28. 

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