David (David) Friess (R-SH116)
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Capitol: 217.782.1018
FAX: 217.782.3885
District: 618.282.7284
Room 208-N Stratton Office Building 401 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706

District Office:
143 South Main Street
Red Bud, IL 62278
Elected: 2020    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Miki   
Committee Assignments
MemberSubcommittee on Natural Gas
MemberHouse Committee on Judiciary - Criminal
MemberHouse Committee on Counties and Townships
MemberHouse Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policies
MemberHouse Committee on Public Utilities
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations - Public Safety
Counties Representing
Monroe / Perry / Randolph / St. Clair


Rep. Friess was born and raised in Southern Illinois. He and his wife of 32 years, Miki, grew up in Randolph County and graduated from Chester High School. They now reside in Red Bud, where they raise their two children, and Miki teaches at Red Bud Elementary School. After graduating high school, Rep. Friess enlisted in the Air Force as an aircraft mechanic. He completed his active duty obligation and joined the Air Force Reserves as a Flight Engineer on the C-141, during which time he was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina. Desert Storm began and he found himself on numerous support missions flying into the theater to support the war effort. After Desert Storm, Rep. Friess worked for a Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Georgia as an aircraft mechanic before returning to school. He put himself through college and earned a degree in Criminal Justice from Mercer University with honors and was recognized as the Most Outstanding Criminal Justice Student. Rep. Friess went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School. David and Miki returned to Southern Illinois to raise and instill Southern Illinois values in their two children. He is a member of Ebenezer Church in Rockwood, Illinois, a member of the Red Bud VFW, the Chester American Legion, the Randolph County Bar Association, and he enjoyed coaching his son and daughter in youth sports.