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State Rep. John Bradley represents the 117th District, which includes all or portions of Franklin, Hamilton and Williamson counties in Southern Illinois.
Bradley believes economic development is the key to success in Southern Illinois. His focus includes working with local economic development leaders to retain jobs and attract business to the region. He strongly believes the working men and women of Southern Illinois are entitled to well-paying jobs with good benefits and a safe workplace.
Bradley has been a leading voice for reform, crafting major changes to the state's workers' compensation and unemployment insurance. Bradley's reforms have helped reduce the tax burden on businesses in Illinois – helping them to create jobs. To help encourage business development and job growth, as Chairman of the House Revenue and Finance Committee, Bradley has supported reforms aimed at spurring job growth and economic revitalization in struggling areas, including Southern Illinois, while supporting budgets that force the state to live within its means, fully fund its pension systems and pay its bills.
Bradley is committed to standing up for Southern Illinois' traditions and values, working to protect the rights of the unborn and the preservation of the Second Amendment. After years of pushing for the right to carry a concealed weapon to protect ourselves and our families, Bradley helped pass legislation finally bringing this right to law-abiding Illinois residents. He has also been a leader in the fight against methamphetamine and protecting our children against sexual predators.
To take advantage of Southern Illinois' natural resources, Bradley worked with business and labor leaders to pass landmark legislation regulating horizontal hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking." The proposal is expected to bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of investment to the southern part of Illinois. Bradley's bill, a model for the rest of the nation, puts in place strong regulations to protect groundwater while also encouraging job growth.
Bradley continues his fight for Southern Illinois' fair share of state education funding. He understands that in order for our children to have successful futures, they need to receive the best education possible. He recognizes the challenges local schools face and has created an education advisory committee composed of local administrators, teachers and parents to guide him in crafting legislation. He has also fought to protect critical education dollars in the state budget from devastating cuts.
John was born in Harrisburg and graduated from Southeastern Illinois College before earning his bachelor's degree in government from the University of Texas. He earned his law degree from the University of Illinois Law School before returning home to Southern Illinois.
An active member of the community, John has been involved in several area organizations including REDCO (Williamson County's economic development group), Marion Rotary International, the Williamson County Airport Authority Board, the Royalton Lion's Club, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Rifle Association, and Ducks Unlimited.
John and his wife reside in Marion, where they are raising three sons. They attend Christian Covenant Fellowship Church in Carterville.