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Profile: Sen. Larry Bomke

[MARCH 7, 2003] 

Larry Bomke, state senator, 50th District

105D State House, Springfield, IL 62706

124 McLean St., Lincoln, IL 62656

(217) 782-0228

(217) 782.5406 fax

E-mail: senator-bomke@yahoo.com 

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State senator since 1995. Currently serves as minority spokesman for the Senate Transportation Committee and is a member of the Local Government and Agriculture and Conservation committees. Also serves on the Legislative Research Unit and the Legislative Printing Unit.


Led the effort to improve the fairness of pensions for state employees and university employees and teachers. Supported an expansion of the state's Circuit Breaker program to give more seniors access to property tax grants and discount prescriptions. Fought for comprehensive crime legislation, including public notification if a known sex offender moves into a community. Sponsored legislation to require health plans cover 48-hour hospital stays for newborns and their moms. Fought for the Rule of 85 to allow state employees to retire before age 65. Expanded access to ob-gyn care for women in HMOs. Ended expensive privileges for prison inmates.

Public service

Chairman, Sangamon County Board, two years; member of Sangamon County Board, 19 years.


Successful small-business owner.

Community involvement

United Way; American Heart Association; The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce; Sangamon County Farm Bureau; Toastmasters; chairman, fifth and sixth annual "World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt;" chairman, Friends of Foster/Adoptive Families.


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Sen. Bomke has been named 2001 Anti-hunger Advocate of the Year by the Central Illinois Foodbank; 2000 Senator of the Year by ABATE; Friend of Family and Consumer Sciences by the Illinois Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association; and Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Diabetic Association and the Illinois National Guard (Abe Lincoln Award). He has received the Outstanding Service Award from the Illinois National Guard, Illinois Corn Growers Association, Automotive Wholesalers of Illinois, SPARC; and Certificates of Appreciation from the Gateway Youth Foundation, Sangamon County 4-H, Boy Scouts of America and the Illinois Federation of Public Employees.

Sen. Bomke has also been honored by the Village of Riverton, Ansar Temple, Mechanicsburg Fire Protection District, Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, Make Work Pay Coalition, Sangamon County Genealogical Society, United Way Boys and Girls Clubs, SPARC, Lincoln Land Board of Trustees, Village of Dawson, Village of Ashland, Springfield Right to Life, ILLCAAP, Perry's Tae Kwon Do, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Goodwill, Sangamon County Corn Growers, Illinois Rural Health Association, and the Illinois Vocational Association.


Married to Sally Jo; one son and one daughter; member of Westminster Presbyterian Church; listed in "Outstanding Young Men of America," 1983.

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