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Senate President John Cullerton Discusses New Senate Staff (VIDEO)

183rssTim Anderson nominated as Secretary of the Senate, John Patterson named Communications Director

SPRINGFIELD, IL. – Senate President John Cullerton today announced additional management changes to the Senate Democratic staff. Tim Anderson has been nominated as Secretary of the Senate, replacing Jill Rock. John Patterson has been selected as Communications Director, replacing Toby Trimmer. Cullerton previously announced that David Gross was selected as the Senate Democrats new Chief of Staff.

Tim Anderson, Secretary of the Senate Nominee
The Senate President convened a search committee to identify candidates to serve as the next Secretary of the Senate. Twenty-one candidates were considered by the committee that ultimately recommended three candidates to the Senate President, who chose Tim Anderson. Anderson has served as the ICC’s Executive Director since July 31, 2006.

Previously, Mr. Anderson served as Appropriations Director from 2003-2004 for the Senate Majority Caucus and as Special Assistant to the Senate President before joining the Commission in 2006.

Prior to his time in the Senate, he served as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and Senate Liaison for Secretary of State, Jesse White from 1999-2003.

Anderson attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is married to Libby and has three boys.

The Senate will have the opportunity to vote on Anderson’s nomination on January 31, 2012.

John Patterson, Director of Communications
John Patterson, of Springfield, has been deputy press secretary for Senate President John Cullerton for the past 18 months. Before that he had been a statehouse reporter for more than 14 years: 10 years with the suburban Chicago Daily Herald and before that with the Lee Newspapers Bureau reporting for papers in the Quad-Cities, Kewanee, Decatur and Carbondale.

Patterson, a Farmington native, is a 1988 graduate of Farmington High School and a 1992 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. While attending SIU, Patterson worked for the Daily Egyptian campus newspaper. He also spent a semester in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 1992 interning with the Chicago Tribune's Washington Bureau via the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism.

He is married to Tricia Bales, a Stewardson native who works as a clinical laboratory technician at the Illinois Department of Public Health. They have two boys.

Patterson will assume the duties of Director beginning the week of January 2. 2012.


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