Feb 4, 2022

State Representative Dave Severin Says Conservative Voting Record Makes Him Best Choice for New 116th District

BENTON – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) announced his
campaign for re-election on Sunday. Severin first won election by
defeating a top long-time Mike Madigan ally in the House in 2016.
Severin says he believes his strong conservative record makes him the
right Republican to serve in the new 116th legislative district in

“I have worked to rid this state of the corrupt influence of Chicago
politicians, stop the radical abortion agenda, and protect our
God-given constitutional freedoms in the face of an out-of-control
Governor,” Severin said. “JB Pritzker has used COVID-19 to destroy
businesses and control every aspect of our lives through Executive
Order. Enough!”

Severin voted against recently passed legislation in the House’s Veto
Session that limits religious freedoms in health care decision-making
for individuals and voted against repealing the requirement for
parental notification of abortion. Severin also has a 100% voting
record with the National Rifle Association, State Rifle Association,
and as chairman of the House Judiciary Criminal Law Committee, Severin
voted no on the recently passed criminal justice reform bill that he
says puts criminals over the police.

“My voting record is one of a strong, conservative Republican,”
Severin said. “I have stopped the Democrats gun-grabbing attempts, I
voted no on repealing a parent’s right to know if their minor child is
going to have an abortion, I voted against JB Pritzker plan to limit
your religious freedoms in health care matters, and I voted against
the Democrats ridiculous gerrymandered map. I have a long conservative
legislative record that puts me in the strongest position to continue
representing the people of Southern Illinois in a new district.”

Severin has served as a member of several key House committees during
his first three terms, including Agriculture, Energy and Environment,
Veterans’ Affairs, Higher Education, Elementary and Secondary
Education, Tourism, and most recently the House Redistricting

“As State Representative, I refused to take a legislative pension. I
voted to strengthen ethics laws to stamp out corruption, and time and
again have rejected pay raises for politicians. I believe any efforts
to undermine or defund our police make all of us less safe!”

“I’m running for re-election because my conservative voting record
matters to the people I already represent and to the people of the new
116th district,” Severin said. “I may be running for re-election in
new territory, but my commitment to conservative Republican social and
fiscal policies will stay the same. My priority is making life better
for the hard-working families of southern and southeastern Illinois.”

Severin and his wife Penny have been married for 44 years and have one
married son and two grandsons. The new 116th District, barring major
changes pending current legal proceedings, will be home to all or
parts of Edwards, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Marion, Wabash, Wayne, and White
Counties in south-central and southeastern Illinois.