JBTBio2014-2State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant was served the 49th State Senate District since 2013. The district includes all or part of Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Montgomery, Naperville, Oswego, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood.

Bertino-Tarrant is a lifelong educator and passionate education advocate, working with the youth of Will County for almost 20 years in the local schools. She also grew up around her family’s small business. Her background in education and local business have served her well in her appointments to be the Chairperson on the Education Committee, Vice-Chairperson on Licensed Activities, member of Commerce and Economic Development, Insurance, Labor, Transportation and Subcommittee on Capital. She has served in various leadership positions as a member in the General Assembly, including Co-Chair of Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and Vice-Chair of the Labor Committee.

She graduated from St. Francis Academy in Joliet before earning a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Francis. In 2007, Bertino-Tarrant completed her doctorate at Loyola University. She has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Francis, Olivet Nazarene and Joliet Junior College covering topics such as Advanced Legal Issues, Reading in the Content Area, Teacher Leaders, Organizational Administration, Introduction to Teaching as well a panel member at the IASA, IASBO, IASB (Triple I Conference) on multiple topics.

Bertino-Tarrant has volunteered her time to the Community Services Council, Troy Educational Foundation Board and has been a Parish Council President at St. Paul the Apostle Church. She has also served as president of Vista Learning, which provides refurbished computers to recommended students in the Will County area, and has been actively involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Will County. Bertino-Tarrant has also participated in various women’s organizations, including the ZONTA International Professional Society and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Woman Educators, and was co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 470 and coach of St. Mary Immaculate Parish School Girls Basketball. She served as a member on the Will County Center for Economic Development Board as well as the Junior Achievement Board.

Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant has been recognized by various organizations for her dedication and commitment to the community throughout the years. She received the Athena Award from the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from Joliet Catholic Academy, the Key Community Leader from Delta Kappa Gamma/Beta Rho Chapter, the Certificate of Appreciation for Legislators from Delta Kappa Gamma International Society, the Friend of Agriculture Award from the Illinois Farm Bureau, the 2016 Government Award from the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce, and the SSPRPA Excellence in Leadership Award by the South Suburban Park & Recreation Professional Association.

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