Biography

Senator Jason Barickman (“Bear-ick-min”) was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2012 and represents the 53rd Legislative District. 

Jason’s roots in Illinois run deep. He was raised on his family’s farm in Livingston County and graduated from Woodland High School. His parents taught him the value of hard work, the use of common sense to solve problems, and the importance of leaving a place better than he found it. He is a proud veteran, having served as an infantry soldier in the Illinois Army National Guard. 

Jason works every day to make Illinois a better state, where families choose to live. He is the Senate Republican Caucus Chair and serves as the floor leader for the Senate Republican Caucus, Minority Spokesperson on the Executive Committee, and is a member of the Assignments, Energy and Public Utilities, Judiciary, and Labor committees. 

Jason is a leader of education reform initiatives and played an instrumental role in fixing the education funding disparities across the state, ensuring that all children, regardless of their zip code, have access to a high-quality education. He has a pro-growth mindset, and supports initiatives that attract new economic opportunities in Illinois and/or remove government-imposed constraints on economic growth. He continually advocates for comprehensive ethics reforms and giving people an ability to take control of their government. 

Jason attended Illinois State University, graduating with bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  After graduation Jason worked as a business consultant, primarily within the telecommunications and technology industries, before attending the University of Illinois College of Law.  Currently, he is a partner at Fairlawn Capital, a real estate company, and is frequently an adjunct faculty member at Illinois State University. 

Senator Barickman has been honored for his work in the Illinois General Assembly from agriculture and business groups.  Barickman was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the 2012 Edgar Fellows Leadership Program, which works to help future leaders bridge partisan divides and work together, and he continues to be active in that program. 

Jason and his wife, Kristin, live in Bloomington and have three young children.