Rich Brauer

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Rich Brauer
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 87th district
In office
January 9, 2003 (2003-January-09) – February 20, 2015 (2015-February-20)
Preceded by Gwen Klingler
Succeeded by Tim Butler
Personal details
Born (1954-07-14) July 14, 1954 (age 63)
Springfield, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nesa (m. 1981)
Children Two daughters
Residence Petersburg, Illinois
Profession Farmer

Rich Brauer is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 87th district since 2003. A native of Petersburg, IL, Brauer upset incumbent Gwen Klingler in the 2002 Republican primary, after re-districting resulted in rural areas outside of Springfield being in his district.

The Democrats had not even run a candidate in the primary, for this office, expecting Klingler to win, but they placed a prominent former Republican elected official, Carl Oblinger (son of former State Representative Josephine Oblinger) on the ballot as their nominee for the general election. Brauer prevailed, with over 60% of the vote, and has not had a Democratic opponent since.[citation needed]

On February 18, 2015, just three months after winning re-election, Brauer submitted his letter of resignation to the Clerk of the Illinois House of Representatives. His resignation came into effect on February 20, 2015.[1] Hours after his resignation, it was announced that Bruce Rauner would appoint him Assistant Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation.[2]


  1. ^ Miller, Rich (2015-02-18). "Brauer steps down". Capitol Fax. Retrieved 2016-06-20. 
  2. ^ Miller, Rich (2015-02-20). "Rauner's Friday afternoon appointments". Capitol Retrieved 2016-06-20. 

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