|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 28th district
|Preceded by||Tom Dart|
|Calumet Township Supervisor|
|Preceded by||Rose Rita|
October 2, 1969 |
Oak Lawn, Illinois
|Profession||Heavy Equipment Operator
Robert Rita (born October 2, 1969) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 28th District since 2002. Rita is also the Calumet Township Democratic committeeman and a trustee on the township board. His state representative district includes parts of Chicago's 9th and 34th wards, as well as several suburbs. Rita lists economic redevelopment, equitable school funding and increased health care availability as his top priorities in the state legislature. Rita is an Operating Engineer and a member of Local #150.
Rita has been re-elected four times, and was unopposed in the 2008 general election. His opponent in the February 5, 2008 Democratic primary, Earick Rayburn, was backed by William Dugan - then-head of Operating Engineers Union Local 150. The union contributed nearly $100,000 to Rayburn's campaign. Rita defeated Rayburn by a margin of more than 3-to-1 in the primary, and received about 60% of the vote in a five candidate race.