Born and raised in Macoupin County, State Senator Andy Manar and his wife, Trista, reside three blocks from where he grew up in Bunker Hill. Together they have three children: Abbie, Will and Ben. Manar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He also maintains Illinois teacher certification and in addition to being a member of numerous civic and charitable organizations, Manar is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill.
Before becoming a member in the General Assembly, Manar served as a Bunker Hill city councilman, mayor of Bunker Hill and eventually Macoupin County Board chairman. He was encouraged and inspired to enter public service by the late Senator Vince Demuzio, whom Manar regarded as a mentor.
While serving his community at the local level, Manar advocated fiscal responsibility, bi-partisan cooperation (increased communication between taxpayers and elected officials) and made job creation one of his top priorities. He plans to continue promoting those principles in the General Assembly as well as the values that make downstate and central Illinois a great place to live and raise a family.
Sen. Andy Manar
48th Legislative District
Years served: 2013 - Present
Committee assignments: Agriculture; Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Higher Education; Committee of the Whole; Executive Appointments (Vice-Chairperson); Education; Labor.
Biography: Born November 15, 1975, in Bunker Hill; B.A. in History, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; past chairman of Macoupin County Board; married (wife, Trista), has three children.