SenateSenator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant took the oath of office today, beginning her first term representing the 49th Legislative District in the Illinois Senate. Her husband and two children accompanied her to Springfield for the inaugural ceremony.

“It is a tremendous honor to take this oath and begin the important work of serving as my constituents’ voice in the Senate,” Bertino-Tarrant said.  “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to tackle our state’s problems, find reasonable solutions and strive to make Illinois the best it can be.”

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant is a fourth-generation Will County resident who won the newly created 49th District Senate seat in the November 2012 election.  The new district includes all or part of Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Oswego, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood.

Bertino-Tarrant is a lifelong educator with 18 years of local school district experience, culminating in her election as Regional Superintendent of Schools for Will County. She is confident her experience as a Regional Superintendent will serve her well as she grapples with budget issues, since she is familiar with how state budget constraints have affected school districts.  She hopes to use her institutional knowledge to block waste and promote sensible, consistent funding for essential programs.

“I’m committed to bringing great jobs to my district, and that means facilitating an attractive but fair environment for businesses large and small,” Sen. Bertino-Tarrant. “Great schools are also central to our communities, and I look forward to bringing my on-the-ground experience in education to the work of the legislature.”

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant grew up in a family of seven children, and most of her brothers and sisters still call Will County home. Bertino-Tarrant graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and has earned advanced degrees or certificates from the University of St. Francis, Lewis University and Loyola University. Her record of civic commitment includes involvement with the Will County Center for Economic Development, the Joliet Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Wilco Area Career Center, the Troy Educational Foundation, the Community Services Council and St. Paul the Apostle Church, where she and her family worship.

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