Severin Begins First Term as 117th District State Representative

Springfield….Newly-minted State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) says he is excited and humbled at the opportunity to serve the citizens of southern Illinois in the Illinois House of Representatives. An inauguration ceremony took place Wednesday morning on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield, where Severin and 117 other state representatives took the oath of office.

“It’s a thrill and an honor to serve the citizens of southern Illinois in Springfield,” Severin said. “While today is a day to celebrate the swearing in of the 100th General Assembly, it is important to note the humbling size and nature of the tasks at hand.”

Illinois has been without a state budget for more than 18 months, and Severin says political and economic reforms must be a part of any long term solution. Severin says his top priorities are to pass a balanced budget and enact reforms to help create jobs.

“I am going to focus on growing good paying jobs in southern Illinois,” Severin said. “Businesses, families, and students are leaving our area at alarming rates. We have to pass a balanced budget along with necessary economic and political reforms to revitalize our state’s economy.”

Severin is a lifelong resident of Franklin County. He owns All Stars-n-Stitches, an engraving and printing business in Benton. Dave and his wife Penny have been married for 39 years and currently reside in Benton. He says bipartisan cooperation will be necessary to take on the enormous tasks facing the State.

“As a small business owner, I have spent my life bringing people together to solve problems,” Severin said.

“I will work with my colleagues in the legislature to find every way we can to grow good paying jobs in southern Illinois and change the course of Illinois for the better. We can solve our challenges if we all work together.”

Rep. Severin will open his district office in Marion later this month and will soon unveil where he will provide news updates and a contact form where constituents can voice their concerns.