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As State Representative of the 111th District, Dan Beiser has worked to address significant issues facing the Metro East region, including job creation and economic revitalization, increasing education funding, passing workers' compensation reforms, battling the methamphetamine scourge and getting tough on sex offenders.
Dan was born and raised in the district he now represents, graduating from Alton Marquette High School. His middle-class upbringing in a hard-working region of the state inspired him to fight for fairness and well-paying jobs for families. Dan worked to pass the largest infrastructure improvement plan in state history to bring needed jobs to the region. He believes a yearly capital construction program in Illinois is needed to maintain roads, bridges and schools to strengthen commerce, give local students the resources they need to succeed, and keep working men and women on the job.
Dan was elected to the Alton City Council in 1987, where he focused on improving city services. In 1989, the people of Alton chose Dan to serve as their city treasurer, and he was later selected by his peers to serve as president of the Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association.
As city treasurer, Dan focused on improving services and cutting waste. He modernized office operations and reduced the number of staff by 40 percent. Improved efficiency enabled him to take responsibility for business licensing in Alton without hiring additional staff or using additional resources. During his time as city treasurer, Dan achieved $5.6 million in savings for local taxpayers.
Dan's commitment to fiscal responsibility carried over to his work in the State Capitol. He has supported state budgets that paid down billions of dollars in previously unpaid bills, funded the state's pension systems after decades of neglect, and protected funding for vital services like education, public safety and programs for seniors and veterans.
Dan's devotion to community service extends beyond his elected office. He formerly served on the Riverbend Growth Association Board, the Greater Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and as Finance Chairman for the Catholic Charities Children's Home Advisory Board.
Dan earned his undergraduate degrees in Communications and Recreation & Parks Management from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1978 and began teaching at the Educational Therapy Center in 1981 under the Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools. Dan returned to SIUE in 1986 to earn his graduate degree in Special Education.
Dan is a former president of the Alton Marquette High School Board, former president of the Catholic Charities Advisory Board, and is a past volunteer for the March of Dimes, St. Anthony's Hospice and the St. Ambrose Grade School Basketball program. Dan and his wife have two children and three grandchildren. The family attends Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Alton.
Beiser's 111th District borders the Mississippi River in the Metro East and includes all or portions of Alton, Bethalto, East Alton, Elsah, Godfrey, Granite City, Hartford, Holiday Shores, Mitchell, Pontoon Beach, Rosewood Heights, Roxana, South Roxana and Wood River.