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Senator Melinda Bush Bio

State Senator Melinda Bush began her first term as a member of the 98th General Assembly in January 2013.

Prior to her election to the Illinois Senate, Bush served on the Lake County Board, fighting for the creation of good-paying jobs in Lake County and the balancing of the county’s budget. Bush also was integral in passing meaningful ethics reforms, which ended rampant corruption that had existed in both the county and the Forest Preserve Board.

Bush, a lifelong resident of Lake County, first entered public office as a trustee for the village of Grayslake, serving for four years. She also has been a small-business owner and a constant voice for environmental protection measures.

In the Senate, Bush continues to work for reform through her service as chair of the Government Reform Committee. She also serves on the Education Committee, the Local Government Committee, the Revenue Committee, the Environment and Conservation Committee, the Human Services Committee and the Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee.

Bush resides in Grayslake with her husband, Andy, where she has been a resident since she was 8 years old.  They have one adult son.

Sen. Melinda Bush

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31st Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Associated Representatives: Sheri Jesiel; Sam Yingling

Committee assignments: Education; Environment and Conservation; Government Reform (Chairperson); Human Services; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Local Government; Revenue.

Biography: Born March 18, 1956; former member of the Lake County Board, Forest Preserve Board and former Grayslake village trustee; married (Andy) with one adult son (Chris).