MACOMB — Norine Hammond, incumbent Republican state representative for the 93rd District, announced on Thursday her re-election campaign to continue her work in the legislature representing the eight counties in her district.
Hammond stated she is running for re-election because “I know we need a state representative who will continue to work hard to put our state back in fiscal order so we can attract companies who want to grow here in Illinois, put people back to work and grow our tax base.”
“Illinois is an incredible state with an infrastructure system that is second to none. We have highways, rail, rivers and airports. Illinois has been the hub for business and commerce, and I believe we can be again.”
Hammond has served the 93rd District since December 2010. She is an assistant Republican leader and serves as the ranking minority leader on the Higher Education Committee. Hammond stated in a media release that she has worked across the aisle to steer over $1 billion to higher education (community colleges and universities) statewide during the nearly two-year budget stalemate.
“As your advocate in Springfield, I will continue the work that is needed to ensure our state universities and community colleges receive the dollars they need to operate and that our Pre-K-12 schools have the funds needed to open their doors on time and effectively educate our young students.”
According to Hammond, her legislative priorities are based on the concerns and issues affecting residents of west-central Illinois. She states it is “imperative to make herself available to her constituents who may have concerns or issues that are important to them and need to be addressed.” She takes pride in the constituent services she and her staff have provided throughout the district.
“My office has helped thousands of people cut through government red tape and get services they need; including veteran benefits, senior services and Medicaid, among those services,” Hammond said.
Hammond is one of four House members serving on the Legislative Ethics Commission. She also serves as Republican spokesperson on Consumer Protection and Higher Education committees. Her other committee assignments include: Appropriations-Higher Education, Community College Access, Elementary & Secondary School Curriculum and Policies, Human Services, Insurance and Transportation Roads & Bridges. She represents Illinois on the Council of State Governments Agriculture Committee and is vice chair of the State Agriculture and Rural Leaders (SARL). SARL is a group of legislators from the United States and eight Canadian provinces focusing on agriculture issues.
Hammond has been recognized for her legislative accomplishments by the Associated Builders (Legislator of the Year) and Contractors and Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts. She was also presented with the Voice of Senior Care award by the Illinois Health Care Association and was recognized by Illinois Farm Bureau for her support of agriculture.
Hammond and her husband, Leonard, have been married for 38 years and make their home in Macomb. They have one daughter, Trish.
Rep. Hammond faces a Republican challenger in Abingdon resident Joshua Griffith for the March 20, 2018, primary. John Curtis, who challenged Hammond in the 2016 election as a Democrat, has renewed his bid for the 93rd District seat in the Statehouse. The general election is Nov. 6, 2018.