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State Sen. Sue Rezin serious about running for 14th Congressional seat

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, intends to file paperwork later this month to run for the GOP nomination in the 14th Congressional District. The seat is held by Lauren Underwood.
State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris, intends to file paperwork later this month to run for the GOP nomination in the 14th Congressional District. The seat is held by Lauren Underwood.

State Sen. Sue Rezin said she’s seriously considering a run for Congress.

Although she’s a resident of Illinois’ 16th District – a seat held by Congressman Adam Kinzinger – she has her sights set on the 14th District, where Naperville Democrat Lauren Underwood defeated Plano Republican Randy Hultgren.

“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 if she were elected, but she also anticipates some changes to boundary lines when Congressional districts are redrawn in 2020.

Rezin said she believes the 14th District is conservative at heart. Underwood, a health care policy expert who worked on the Affordable Care Act as a part of the Obama administration, defeated Hultgren in the 2018 midterm election, who had held the seat since 2011.

“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.”

The state senator said she is battle-tested, and she has built a coalition of high-ranking Republicans to support her. Rezin was elected to the state House of Representatives in November 2010 and then replaced 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 Heidi Henry, D-Marseilles, in November. Rezin is 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, anticipates she will file paperwork at the end of June to make it official.

She could face a number of challengers in the Republican primary. James Marter, R-Oswego, recently announced he is running for the nomination. Also entering the GOP race are state Sen. Jim Oberweis, Sugar Grove; Anthony Catella of St. Charles; and Danny Malouf of Crystal Lake. State Rep. Allen Skillicorn also has said he is considering a 2020 run.

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