Keith P. Sommer

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Keith P. Sommer
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Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 88th district
Assumed office
January 1999
Preceded by Jay Ackerman
Personal details
Born (1946-09-06) September 6, 1946 (age 71)
Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Deb
Alma mater University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts (Government)
Occupation Real estate broker

Keith P. Sommer (born September 6, 1946) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 106th district since 1999. Following the legislative map changes effective in 2012, Sommer is now serving the Illinois 88th district. The 88th district includes the cities of Morton, Washington, and Bloomington. Sommer previously served as a Tazewell County Board member from 1994 to 1998, Tazewell County Recorder of Deeds from 1984 to 1988, and a Morton Village Board member from 1977 to 1986.

On May 27, 2014, Keith Sommer voted against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in Illinois.[1] Without the ERA, it is “very difficult for women to pursue prosecutions for cases of rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, child trafficking, forced prostitution, domestic violence, unequal pay and pregnancy discrimination.”[2] In spite of widespread constituent appeal in 2017[3], Keith Sommer again expressed that he would not support equal rights for women, even though doing so would help end gender discrimination and systematic gender bias in the United States[4].

2012 Illinois House campaign[edit]

On March 20, 2012, Sommer won the Republican primary against opponent Steve Perry with 72% of the votes. Sommer was uncontested in the general election, and was re-elected on November 6, 2012.

Voting record[edit]

  • 2003 - Voted for allowing the children of immigrants to pay the same college tuition rates as their high school graduation class peers.[5]
  • 2005 - Voted against a law that would limit the practice of pension spiking.[6]
  • 2007 - Voted to prohibit the State Board of Education or local school boards from giving taxpayer support toward virtual/online education.[7]
  • 2009 - Voted to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich.[8]
  • 2009 - Voted against requiring political candidates to claim legal expenses under campaign finance.[9]
  • 2011 - Voted against the expansion of gambling.[10]
  • 2012 - Voted to allow citizens to record the actions of the police in public areas.[11]
  • 2012 - Voted to make plastic bag manufacturers responsible for recycling of the bags they produce.[12]
  • 2012 - Voted against easing access to early release for good conduct for prisoners.[13]
  • 2013 - Voted against state marriage laws applying equally to marriages of same-sex and different-sex couples and their children.[14]
  • 2014 - Voted against the Equal Rights Amendment which would prohibit sex discrimination.[15]
  • 2015 - Introduced and voted for legislation to make Pumpkin Pie the official state pie of Illinois.[16]
  • 2017 - Voted against legislation requiring a school district to make feminine hygiene products available.[17]


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