Murphysboro….State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) won re-election to her seat in the Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday, with returns showing Bryant cruising to a comfortable double digit victory. Bryant spent Election evening at the Murphysboro Elks, where she thanked her supporters and congratulated her opponent on a hard fought race.
“This has been a long and tough campaign,” Bryant said. “But tonight, I am proud to announce that with your support I will once again have the honor of Representing your interests in Springfield. I want to congratulate Marsha on a hard fought battle, and I want to ensure you all that in Springfield I vote my district and will continue to do so.”
Throughout the campaign, Bryant picked up key endorsements that helped build coalitions across the district. First, it was Congressman Mike Bost, who handily won his race for Congress and then it was the Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR, the National Rifle Association, the Illinois State Rifle Association, and the Illinois Federation for Right to Life and the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police.
“I want to thank Congressman Bost for stepping out to endorse me in my campaign,” Bryant said. “He earned a huge victory tonight. I am also proud to have earned the endorsements of members of the agriculture, law enforcement, pro-life, pro 2nd Amendment, pro gun rights, business, and labor communities. I look forward to continuing to represent the best interests of Southern Illinois in Springfield.”
Highlights of Terri Bryant’s first term:
• As a Freshman in the legislature,Terri Bryant authored six bills that were signed into law, the most of any other Freshman.
• Bryant helped secure the most money for district public schools in seven years.
• Bryant sponsored and passed Molly’s Law to extend the statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits and increased penalties for government agencies for failing to release case-related information in a timely manner.
• Bryant was a sponsor of the bill and voted to reopen the Hardin County Work Camp, and most recently secured the reopening of the shuttered Murphysboro Youth Center.