Raymond Poe

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Raymond Poe
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 99th district
In office
January 1995 – November 2015
Preceded byVickie M. Moseley[1]
Succeeded bySara Wojcicki Jimenez
Personal details
Born (1944-03-26) March 26, 1944 (age 75)
Lincoln, Illinois
Political partyRepublican

Raymond Poe (born March 26, 1944) is an American politician. He is a former Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 99th district from 1995 until 2015. He served as the minority spokesman on the House Personnel and Pensions Committee. In November 2015, he resigned his seat after he was appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.[2] He retired as Director on December 31, 2018.[3]


Poe served as president of the Sangamon County farm Bureau Board.[4] Poe was picked because he was a farmer unlike the previous director.[5]

Raymond Poe was the first person to announce his candidacy for lieutenant governor in the 2006 race. However, the field got more crowded, with many candidates for Governor having picked running mates. He realized his chances of winning the Republican primary were slim. In December 2005, Illinois Senator Steve Rauschenberger ended his bid for Governor, choosing instead to run for Lieutenant Governor on a team with Ron Gidwitz, right after which Poe withdrew his candidacy to instead seek a 6th House term.

Poe was involved in many committees that supported agriculture such as Agriculture and Conservation as well as Higher education appropriations.

"Poe stayed very active in his profession, going to many fairs including the Illinois State fair". (Raymond Poe, Illinois Department of Agriculture Director).[6]

Poe received help with campaign finance from many different people. The top contributor to Poe's campaign was the Illinois Education Association. The Illinois beef association donated as well.[7]


  1. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "MORE ILLINOIS HOUSE ENDORSEMENTS". chicagotribune.com.
  2. ^ "Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » This just in… Poe gets Ag". capitolfax.com.
  3. ^ Schoenburg, Bernard (2018-12-24). "Illinois Ag director Raymond Poe ready to enjoy retirement". The State Journal-Register. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  4. ^ "State Rep. Raymond Poe named IL ag director". farmweeknow.com. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  5. ^ "Raymond Poe Named State Ag Director". Illinois Public Media. 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2019-05-09.
  6. ^ "Member Spotlight: Raymond Poe, Illinois Department of Agriculture Director". www.nasda.org. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  7. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2019-05-08.

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