Rep. McDermed Statement on Retirement from the Illinois House

Mokena, IL… State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) announced today that she would not be seeking reelection in November 2020. “If I were to win reelection next year, I would turn 70 years old shortly after being sworn in. After 30 years as a corporate lawyer, followed by 14 years as an elected official, it’s time to retire again.” After finishing her corporate career in 2006, Rep. McDermed was elected to a series of offices including Frankfort Township Clerk, Will County Board, and finally as State Representative for the 37th District.

“Margo will be deeply missed,” House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said. “Rep. McDermed was the House Republican point person in the recently-enacted capital bill and represented her caucus well.”

As State Representative, McDermed was a tireless advocate for the residents of the 37th District. She instituted a responsive constituent services program and spent much of her time in Springfield pushing forward solutions for local concerns about political reform, veteran services, contamination of Will County groundwater, schools in the Lincoln-way area, adequate reimbursement rates for local substance abuse treatment providers, and more.

Understanding that the condition of I80 was a top issue for many in District 37, McDermed joined the House Transportation Committee and the Transportation for Illinois Coalition. Through her work she learned that Illinois had not had significant investment in infrastructure for more than 10 years and that repair and maintenance were severely lagging. McDermed led negotiations on behalf of House Republicans on the recent capital bill, Rebuild Illinois, which creates sensible and sustainable long-term funding for Illinois transportation assets.

In the course of her three terms, McDermed also successfully passed legislation to study tracking of sexual assault evidence kits in order to speed the testing process and to prevent kits from being lost. McDermed chaired the Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission and recently passed a bill implementing the recommendations of the commission, which will soon be signed by Governor Pritzker.

“It has been an honor to serve and get to know the residents of the 37th District. I will continue to call it home and be its staunch advocate, but the time has come for me to take a step back. After serving out my current term that ends in January 2021, I plan to travel, quilt, volunteer and spend more time with my two granddaughters and all my family,” said McDermed.