BioKay Hatcher is serving her second term as an Illinois State Representative. She represents the greater Fox Valley in the 50th District, serving a 600 square mile area that encompasses both urban and rural residents.
Representative Hatcher grew up on her family farm in central Illinois, and became involved as a community volunteer when her children started school. That volunteer service led to e...lection to the Oswego School Board and the Kendall County Board. As an Economic Development Chair and Zoning Chair she helped guide the fastest growing county in the United States as it doubled in population, working with regional leaders on the staggering pressures placed on both the human and physical infrastructure. As Forest Preserve President she worked with conservation organizations and local residents to preserve threatened natural areas and important waterways.
Kay’s political service has touched every facet of issue development. She served as President of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women, traveling throughout Illinois to train and encourage women of all ages to become active in the political process. As a member of the Board of Governors of the Illinois Lincoln Series she elevated that mentoring process to provide needed communications skills to the next generation of leaders.
Founder and owner of Reputation Management, Inc., a media management, planning and marketing firm, she received her corporate communications training at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. This reflects a lifetime commitment to communications advocacy; corporate spokesperson for Illinois Bell, community liaison for Senior Services Associates and community relations for the Fox Valley Park District, one of Illinois’ most culturally diverse service areas.
Representative Hatcher’s understanding of a healthy, well-rounded state direction is reflected in her choice of legislative committees- Financial Services, Small Business Empowerment and Workforce Development, Public Utilities, Counties and Townships, Tourism and Conventions, and General Services Appropriations. Her focus on more responsive government led to her service on the Bipartisan Job Creation Task Force and the Government Reform and Accountability Committee.
The Metro West Council of Government named Hatcher 2009 Legislator of the Year for her collaborative and inclusive approach to legislative problem solving. She was awarded a competitive 2010 Fellowship from the Council of Midwest Government to study leadership tools with Canadian and Midwestern legislators.
Steve and Kay Hatcher have 4 children, 6 grandchildren and live in rural Kendall County.