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State Senator Bennett first served as State Representative for the 106th District for 8 years and is now grateful to serve all or part of 13 counties in central Illinois which include Bureau, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, La Salle, Livingston, Marshall, McLean, McLean, Peoria, Putnam, Tazewell, Will and Woodford. His district consists of approximately 215,000 people living in over 130 villages, towns, and communities. The district has important manufacturing through such major corporations as Competitive Power Ventures (CPV), Dupont and Caterpillar. There are over 30 K-12 and K-8 school districts in the 53rd Senate District. People have nearby access to five community colleges, Eureka College, University of Illinois and Illinois State University. Small business, agriculture, education, labor and nuclear energy are keys to the area’s growth and prosperity. A number of residents work at the Correctional Center in Pontiac.   

State Senator Bennett is the fourth of five children raised on a small farm near Gibson City. Bennett taught high school and junior high science for seven years and then worked as a manager, computer software developer, and trainer at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington for the next 30 years. He has a BS in Education, a BS in Applied Computer Science, an MBA and Doctor of Business Administration. He and his wife Kathy have two grown children and five grandchildren. 

State Senator Bennett values education and supports job growth, economic development, small business, labor, energy, pro-life and the 2nd Amendment. He believes we need to live within our means and provide the environment that will help people reach their goals and dreams. 

We’re fortunate to live in America, where we have grown from our struggles and thrived in our diverse thoughts. Despite challenges, we have progressed through over 200 years to where we are today. We have reshaped our country and our economy several times over to meet the needs of the time. We continue to change today. May God Bless America and God Bless Illinois!