Newly-elected state Sen. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) was sworn into the 102nd General Assembly on Wednesday as senator for the 58th District.
Bryant joins the Senate Republican Caucus after having served the past six years as state representative for the 115th House District. In November, she was elected without opposition to fill the seat held by Paul Schimpf, who did not run for reelection.
"It is truly a privilege to join the ranks of Senate Republican lawmakers who are representing the conservative values of Illinois citizens," Bryant said. "I look forward to getting to work and bringing the same energy and passion to the Senate chambers that I had serving the constituency of the 115th House District."
Republican Paul Jacobs of Pomona was elected to her former seat in the 115th House district.
Bryant said she is optimistic she can bring a strong, female voice to the Republican caucus and bring a fresh perspective to the upper chamber, one that reflects the needs of the residents and businesses in the 58th District.
"As we continue down the long road to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers must recognize the fact that businesses and residents are struggling," Bryant said in a news release. "The crisis and the failures in leadership from the governor's administration have created lasting devastation for so many.
"We have to prioritize addressing our budget issues, helping the business community of this state and getting people back to work so that we can move Illinois forward."
Besides having been a state representative, Bryant has also worked in the Illinois Department of Corrections and as a small-business owner.
The 58th Senate District is comprised of all or parts of Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Monroe, Jackson, Union, and Washington counties.