State Sen. Sue Rezin said she is considering a run for Congress.
Although she is a resident of Illinois’ 16th Congressional District – a seat occupied by U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger – she has her sights set on the 14th District, in which U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, defeated Plano Republican Randy Hultgren in November.
“I live five minutes outside of the 14th, and the Senate district I currently represent includes both the 14th and 16th Congressional Districts,” said Rezin, who resides in the Morris area. “I have represented part of this district for nine years.”
There is no residency requirement to live within the district, and Rezin said she would consider moving into the 14th District if she were elected, but she also anticipates some changes to boundary lines when congressional districts are redrawn in 2020.
Rezin believes the 14th District is conservative at heart. Underwood, a health care policy expert who worked on the Affordable Care Act while part of the Obama administration, defeated Hultgren, who had held the seat since 2011, in the 2018 midterm election.
“We should not have lost,” she said of November’s race. “I love the state Senate, but I see an opportunity for me to bring representation back to a conservative district. It’s not often an opportunity opens up for a congressional seat. It’s certainly a challenge I’m up for and excited for.”
Rezin was elected to the state House of Representatives in November 2010, and she replaced state Sen. Gary Dahl in the 38th Senate District by appointment in December 2010.
Rezin defeated Ottawa Democrat Christine Benson in elections twice before receiving 59% of the vote against Marseilles Democrat Heidi Henry in November. Rezin is the assistant Republican leader in the Senate.
“Three out of the four races were contested,” she said. “I’ve had millions used against me.”
Rezin, who has been the co-owner and manager of her family’s real estate company for 16 years, expects she will file paperwork at the end of June to make it official.
She could face a number of challengers in the Republican primary.
Oswego Republican James Marter recently announced he is running for the nomination. Also entering the GOP race are state Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove; Anthony Catella of St. Charles; and Danny Malouf of Crystal Lake. State Rep. Allen Skillicorn has said he is considering a 2020 run.