Terry L. Bruce

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Terry Lee Bruce
Terry Bruce.png
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1993
Preceded by Dan Crane
Succeeded by Glenn Poshard
Personal details
Born (1944-03-25) March 25, 1944 (age 72)
Olney, Illinois, U.S.
Citizenship US
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Charlotte Bruce
Children Emily Bruce
Ellen Bruce
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois Law School
Profession Lawyer
State Senator
U.S. Congressman
College President

Terry Lee Bruce (born March 25, 1944) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Early life[edit]

Born in Olney, Illinois, Bruce graduated from East Richland High School in Olney in 1962, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1966, and from the University of Illinois Law School in Urbana in 1969.[1][not in citation given] He was admitted to the bar in 1969. When he announced his candidacy for the Illinois Senate in November 1969, he was occupied as an attorney in Olney, Illinois.[2]

Career[edit]

Bruce's initial election to the Illinois Senate representing the 55th District in 1971 was in part made possible by the retirement of the incumbent, Paul Broyles.[2] In 1972, the incumbent Bruce faced a challenge from Henry Hendren for representation of the 54th district.[3] Bruce served as member of the Illinois Senate from 1971 to 1984, and assistant majority leader from 1975 to 1984. In 1981, Bruce was among those who opposed an "eleventh-hour action", ultimately accepted, to increase Illinois General Assembly compensation.[4] He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the 96th Congress in 1978.

Defeating Dan Crane who was implicated in a sex scandal, Bruce was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served as United States Representative for the nineteenth district of Illinois from January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1993. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1992 to the 103rd Congress.

Bruce is the chief executive officer of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) with colleges in Olney, Fairfield, Robinson, and Mt. Carmel. Governor Pat Quinn has appointed Terry L. Bruce, a former president of the ICCB, to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)in September 2012. He replaces former ICCB member Dianne Meeks. His term expires on June 30, 2013.[5] He served as vice president of federal regulations for a regional telephone company.

Family life[edit]

A resident of Olney, Illinois, Bruce is married to Charlotte and they have two daughters, Emily and Ellen.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Terry L. Bruce". 2014 University of Illinois College of Law. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Staff (20 November 1969). "Olney Attorney Announces for State Senate". Mt. Vernon Register-News. L (45). p. 1. Retrieved 2015-08-16 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ Staff (22 March 1972). "Hendron, Bruce Win State Senate Races". Mt. Vernon Register-News. Retrieved 2015-08-16 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ Staff (15 January 1981). "Pay Increases OK'd". The Pantagraph. Retrieved 2015-08-16 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ "Terry L. Bruce" (PDF). The Illinois Community College Board. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Terry L. Bruce". Illinois Community College Board. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Crane
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district

1985–1993
Succeeded by
Glenn Poshard