Senator Barickman’s Senate Week in Review: January 18

Barickman appointed to Senate leadership role

State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) will once again take on extra responsibilities as a part of the Senate Republican leadership team. He was appointed to the role of Assistant Republican Leader.

“It’s an honor to not only serve in the Senate, but to have the opportunity to play a bigger role in the legislative process,” said Sen. Barickman. “I would like to thank Leader Bill Brady for having the confidence and faith in my work to appoint me to his leadership team.”

Barickman has served in the Illinois Senate since 2013, after serving one term in the House. He was previously appointed to the Republican leadership team by former Leader Christine Radogno in 2017.

“Jason Barickman is a dedicated public servant and a proven leader who brings vital experience to the leadership team,” said Senate Republican leader Bill Brady. “As we begin working on the issues due to come before the General Assembly, I’m proud to serve with Jason.”

Barickman has also served in a number of leadership roles on committees, including as Republican Spokesperson for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and as the Co-Chair of the bicameral, bipartisan Legislative Audit Commission. Committee assignments for the 101st General Assembly are expected to be released soon.

“Our biggest task moving forward is to work with the new administration to find bipartisan agreement on a number of important issues,” said Barickman. “I believe we have the team in place to do just that.”

Senator Barickman resides in Bloomington with his wife, Kristin, and three young children.

Pritzker assumes office

A new Administration took control of the Governor’s office this week with recently-elected Democrat Governor taking the Oath of Office on Jan. 14 and beginning his term in public office.

Senate Republicans remain hopeful as the new Administration transitions into power, emphasizing their willingness to work with Gov. Pritzker to address key issues facing the taxpayers and businesses of Illinois.

Lawmakers will return to the State House on Jan. 29 to resume spring session.

Winter preparedness

With the recent severe winter weather and the potential for more snow this weekend, Senate Republicans are sharing some helpful tips from the American Red Cross on winter storm safety.

One helpful winter safety tip is to prepare for a power outage. The American Red Cross recommends assembling an essential supplies kit that includes:

Portable, battery-powered radio
At least one gallon of water per person
Small supply of nonperishable food
First aid kit

The Red Cross also recommends not driving unless absolutely necessary. However, if you do have to drive, ensure that your vehicle is winterized and has a full tank of gas.

More helpful tips on how to prepare for the cold weather can be found at

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