Springfield – Families in the 53rd Senate District may now have more influence on what happens in Springfield, as State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) was appointed to a new leadership position in the 100th General Assembly by Senate Minority Leader Chsitine Radogno (R-Lemont).
"It is a great honor to have been asked to take on a bigger role in helping Leader Radogno continue the cause of good government in the Senate,” said Barickman. “I am thankful for the opportunity and excited to continue our work to forge common-sense solutions to move our state forward.”
Senator Barickman was appointed to the position of Assistant Republican Leader for the 100th General Assembly, which runs from 2017 to 2018. Barickman finished the 99th General Assembly serving in the leadership role of Minority Whip.
Senator Barickman has often been a leader in the movement to fix the state’s broken system for funding schools, and has been specifically advocating for an Evidence-Based Formula, which would base a school’s funding level on the actual costs and challenges faced by individual district.
“Senator Barickman’s work on education funding, along with his knowledge of issues and his dedication to the people of this state, have made him a great asset to our caucus,” said Leader Radogno.
Barickman has also spent much of his legislative career, now spanning two terms in the Senate and one in the House, on enhancing local control for Illinois citizens, as well as making state government more efficient and responsive.
“Our biggest task moving forward is to continue to work on the recent budget compromise put forward by Leader Radogno and Senate President Cullerton,” said Sen. Barickman. “One of the most important parts of this whole package is school-funding reform. I am working right now with my colleagues on the School Funding Reform Commission to put forward a plan that will reduce the financial inequity that has been hurting our students for too long.”
In addition to his duties as State Senator, Barickman, who resides in Bloomington with his wife Kristin and two sons, is also an attorney with the law firm of Meyer Capel and is involved in real estate investment and development. He was raised on a family farm near Streator that is still operated by his father and brother. Barickman graduated from Illinois State University and the University of Illinois College of Law, and also served as an infantryman in the Illinois Army National Guard.