He was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1960 and re-elected in 1962. He was subsequently elected to the state Senate in 1964. During his tenure, he would serve as the assistant Senate majority leader.
In 1982, he was elected as the state Treasurer. Despite the support for his reelection in 1986 by the Illinois Democratic Central Committee, including U.S. Senator Alan Dixon, Thom Serafin, and William Griffin, he was defeated by Jerome Cosentino, who was also his predecessor. He left office in 1987 and retired from elective politics.
|Illinois State Treasurer
1983 – 1987