State Rep. Chris Nybo (R-41st) announced Wednesday he will run for state Senate in the newly drawn 24th District.
Nybo, currently serving his first term in the Illinois House, made the announcement at the Milton Township Republican Organization meeting.
“The newly drawn Democratic map has forced difficult choices for many of my colleagues," said Nybo, an Elmhurst resident. "By running for Senate in this new district, I can continue to represent the largest number of constituents from my current district, including those in Lombard, Elmhurst, Westmont and Oak Brook."
A run for a state House seat would have pitted him against state Rep. Patti Bellock (R-47th, Westmont).
“I did not want to run against my esteemed colleagues Patti Bellock or Sandy Pihos," Nybo said, although Pihos does not live in the district.
"There are far too few women in the state legislature, and both Patti and Sandy are among the most conscientious and committed legislators in Springfield. I would not be comfortable attempting to reduce the number of women representatives by even one.”
Nybo said that as a state Senator he wishes to continue his mission to create jobs and end state practices that discourage job growth and hamper business growth in Illinois. He said it is imperative elected officials work to restore the public trust and clean up state government. He said putting the state’s financial house in order has been one of his top priorities, and he intends to expand that as a senator.
“The culture in Springfield has been allowed to continue because we have too many life-long career politicians," he said. "I intend to fight for term limits and work with our communities to make sure we are sending independent Republicans to Springfield who will stand up for families and taxpayers, and then return to the private sector."