Rose part of GOP leadership in Springfield

Rose part of GOP leadership in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — Sen. Chapin Rose has joined the Illinois Senate Republican leadership team.

His appointment as Republican whip was announced Thursday by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno of Lemont.

Rose, 41, moves into the leadership team in only his third year in the Senate, although he had served eight years in the Illinois House. He replaces Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon.

"I'm really looking forward to having the new governor (Republican Bruce Rauner)," said Rose. "It's not going to be easy. There's going to be a lot of short-term pain and we're all going to have to share in it. But we have an opportunity to bring prosperity back to Illinois."

Rose said he thought the appointment "would be a plus for the area" that he represents. His 51st Senate District includes all or parts of Champaign, McLean, DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Piatt, Vermilion, Shelby and Edgar counties.

"Senator Rose has boundless energy," said Radogno. "He has both experience in the House of Representatives and the Senate. He brings new ideas to the table with a willingness to implement those ideas."

Sen. Matt Murphy, R-Palatine, will serve as deputy Republican Leader, the No. 2 position among the Senate Republicans. Other GOP leaders are Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington, Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville, Sue Rezin of Peru and Dave Syverson of Rockford.

Republicans are outnumbered in the Senate, 39-20.

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