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Pat Verschoore serves as State Representative of the 72nd District, which includes parts of the Quad Cities and rural Rock Island. Like the Quad Cities themselves, the Verschoore family is rooted in the rich agricultural land that surrounds the area.
Pat Verschoore was born in Rock Island. The youngest of seven children, he graduated from Alleman High School in 1961. He married his wife in 1964, and, after a five-year apprenticeship with the Plumbers & Pipefitters, Verschoore earned his plumber's license with Local #25 in 1970.
By 1972, Verschoore had earned a reputation in the labor community as a fighter for workers' rights and was elected President of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #25. He later served as the local's Business Manager/Financial Secretary and Fund Administrator for the Pension, Health & Welfare Fund. Verschoore retired from the union in 2000.
While Financial Secretary for Local #25, Verschoore became both a regional and statewide leader, serving as a trustee on the Tri-City Building Trades Council and as a vice president of the Illinois Pipe Trades Association. Verschoore also served as a director of the Illowa Labor/Management Council, whose purpose is to promote union construction through a project labor agreement known as IMPACT.
Verschoore was inducted into the Eastern Iowa/Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Labor Hall of Fame in 2000, and in 2002 he was honored as Grand Marshall of East Moline's Labor Day parade.
Verschoore's legislative agenda reflects his values as a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities area. Having raised his own family, Verschoore's top priority is to make sure that working families get the opportunities they deserve, and that means promoting economic development to create good-paying jobs with good benefits in the Quad Cities region.
As a father and the husband of a retired teacher, Verschoore understands that a quality education is the foundation for a prosperous future. He knows that good schools need to have the resources to attract well-trained and committed instructors and provide an excellent education. He believes we must demand the best of our students, teachers and administrators.
Verschoore's commitment to the community includes volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity, the Boys & Girls Club, Gilda's Club, and Building for Kids, Hearts & Hammers.
Pat and his wife live in Milan and attend St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rock Island. They have a son and three granddaughters.