State Senate Vacancy/31st District

State Senator Melinda Bush submitted an official letter of resignation, effective December 31, 2022. Her resignation creates a vacancy in the State Senate seat she holds (District 31). By statute, a vacant legislative Senate seat must be filled within 30 days. Also by law, the replacement must be a Democrat like Senator Bush and would serve the remainder of her term, which ends when the next legislature is sworn in (scheduled for January 11, 2023). The Democratic Legislative Committee for State Senate District 31, which is composed of Lake County Democratic Chair Lauren Beth Gash, Warren Township Democratic Chair Jim Neel, and Lake Villa Township Democratic Chair Kasia Kondracki, will appoint Senator Bush’s replacement.

Since the current State Senate is officially scheduled to be in session for several days in early January 2023, and votes are expected to be called, the Legislative Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, January 2, 2023 to fill the vacancy so the newly-appointed Senator can serve for the remainder of the term, including casting votes.

Democrats who are 18 years of age or older and have lived for a minimum of two years within the current (pre-redistricting) borders of the 31st Senate District may apply to be appointed to fill the vacancy in office. Given the short timeframe within which the Legislative Committee must act, applicants are asked to send a resume and short statement expressing qualifications and any relevant experience to [email protected] by 10:00 am on January 2, 2023. 

The Legislative Committee’s meeting on Monday, January 2, 2023, will be held at 6:00 pm at Tacos El Norte, 401 N. Riverside Dr., Gurnee (northeast corner of Washington and Milwaukee). Those interested should plan to attend.