Larry Bomke

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Larry Bomke
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 50th district
In office
July 1, 1995 (1995-July-01) – January 9, 2013 (2013-Jan-09)
Preceded by Karen Hasara
Succeeded by Sam McCann
Personal details
Born (1950-06-06) June 6, 1950 (age 66)
Springfield, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sally Jo
Children Two
Residence Springfield, Illinois
Alma mater Lincoln Land Community College
Profession Independent Insurance Agent
Religion Presbyterian

Larry Bomke (born 1950) is a former Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 50th district from 1995 to 2013.

Bomke considers his major accomplishments to be the improvement of fairness within the state pension system, fighting for Rule of 85 which allows state employees to retire before age 65. His accomplishments also include the expansion of property tax grants, and discounted prescriptions to senior citizens. He also cites his sponsorship of a bill requiring health plans to cover 48-hour stays for newborns in hospitals, and advocates comprehensive crime legislation and ending 'excess privileges' for prisoners.[1] Senator Bomke fought for comprehensive crime legislation, including public notification of a known sex offender moving into a community.

Legislative assignments[edit]

Committees on Transportation, (minority spokesperson); Appropriations II; Financial Institutions; State Government and Veterans Affairs; Alzheimer's Disease Task Force; State Employees Suggestion Award Board, (chair); Legislative Printing Unit; Legislative Research Unit, (co-chair).

Community involvement[edit]

Senator Bomke previously served as chairman of the Sangamon County Board and was a member of the Sangamon County Board. He is involved locally in the United Way, American Heart Association, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Sangamon County Farm Bureau, Toastmasters, and Friends of Foster/Adoptive Families.


When news outlets reported that taxpayers were charged for a $600 makeup session for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich for his budget speech, Bomke said, "He didn't get his money's worth."[2]

In February 2009, shortly after Governor Rod Blagojevich was removed from office and in the midst of the state's financial crisis, Bomke, announced a bill which targeted William Ayers for removal from his teaching position at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The proposal states that anyone "who has committed an act of violence against the governments of the United States or Illinois cannot work at a public university."[3]


Senator Bomke is a small-business owner. He is married to Sally Jo and has one son Wulf and one daughter, Natalie


  1. ^ About Senator Larry Bomke Senator Larry Bomke
  2. ^ Ray Long and Jeffrey Meitrodt (2007-07-14). "$600 makeup bill could make Gov. Blagojevich blush". The Chicago Tribune. 
  3. ^ Rueff, Ashley State legislator wants William Ayers fired from UIC The Chicago Tribune, February 5, 2009

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