Tom (Tom) Bennett (R-SS53)
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Capitol: 217.782.6597
FAX: 217.782.0813
District: 815.432.0106
Section A, Office D Stratton Office Building 401 South Spring Street
Springfield, IL 62706

District Office:
305 West Madison Street
Pontiac, IL 61764
Elected: 01/11/2023    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Kathy   
Committee Assignments
MemberSubcommittee on Higher Education
Minority SpokespersonSubcommittee on Education
MemberSenate Committee on Early Childhood Education
MemberSenate Committee on Education
MemberSenate Committee on Higher Education
MemberSenate Committee on Energy and Public Utilities
Counties Representing
Champaign / Ford / Iroquois / La Salle / Livingston / McLean / Tazewell / Vermilion / Woodford


Senator Bennett represents the 53rd District of Illinois, including Bureau, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, McLean, Peoria, Putnam, Tazewell, Will, and Woodford Counties. From 2015 to early 2023, Bennett served as the State Representative for the 106th District. Raised on a family farm, Senator Bennett has served as a high school and junior high science teacher and IT professional at State Farm Insurance. While working and raising a family, Senator Bennett served as a K-12 school board member, member of the local pre-school board and chairman for two years. He was a member of the Parkland College Board of Trustees, including three years as chairman. As a legislator, Senator Bennett has served on task forces and commissions focused on early childhood, teacher assessments, environment and energy. Active in state and national trustee organizations, Senator Bennett is a Past Chair of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) in Springfield and Past Chair of the Board of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) in Washington, D.C. Senator Bennett holds a BS in Education from Eastern Illinois University, a BS in Computer Science, an MBA from Illinois State University and a Doctorate of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Tom and his wife, Kathy, reside in Gibson City. They have two grown children and five grandchildren.