Jason Barickman

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Jason Barickman
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 53rd district
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 (redistricted)
Personal details
Born (1975-05-01) May 1, 1975 (age 42)
Streator, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kristin Barickman
Children Three
Residence Bloomington, Illinois
Alma mater University of Illinois (J.D.)
Illinois State University (B.A.)
Profession Attorney

Jason Barickman (born May 1, 1975), is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 53rd district since January 2013. He previously served in the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 105th district from 2011 to 2013.

Early life[edit]

Barickman was born May 1, 1975 in Streator, Illinois. Barickman was raised on his family farm in rural Livingston County. He graduated from Woodland High School before going on to Illinois State University, where he served as the student body president, and the University of Illinois College of Law. Following his graduation from law school, he became the Chair of the Champaign County Republican Central Committee. Barickman, a veteran, served in the Illinois Army National Guard as an infantry soldier.[1][2] He is a principal at the Meyer Capal law firm.[3]

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 Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, 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]

On September 18, 2016 following Deputy Minority Leader Senator Matt Murphy's (R-Palatine) resignation from the Republican Leadership, and Illinois Senate, Republican Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) appointed Barickman to Republican Minority Whip for the Republican Senate Caucus.[7] Following the recent elections, Senator Barickman was promoted to one of four Assistant Republican Leadership positions.


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