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Trotter reappointed as Chair of Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee

trotter bodycamsSPRINGFIELD – State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago, 17) returned to his former position as the Democratic Chairman of the Illinois Senate Appropriations II Committee last week.

“Senate Democrats continue to believe that adequate funding for education, health care and services for children and seniors must be of the utmost priority. As the new chair, I look forward to creating bipartisan solutions to end the budget impasse our state is currently facing,” said Trotter.

Few others understand Illinois state government as well as Trotter, a veteran of the General Assembly for over two decades. The budget expert served as a long-time chairman of the Senate Appropriations I committee.

Throughout his career, he has worked to reduce unnecessary spending, encouraged streamlining of state services and earned a reputation of evenhandedness in difficult negotiating circumstances.

In addition to leading the caucus’ budget debates, Trotter serves in the Executive, Energy and Public Utilities committees and the Senate Subcommittees on Gaming, Governmental Operations and Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care.

The Chicago-educated, Cairo native has consistently stood up for people who rely upon public health and social services across Illinois.

Senator Donne E. Trotter


17th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1988–1993 (House); 1993–Present (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Appropriations I; Executive; Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Senior hospital administrator; born Jan. 30th, 1950, in Cairo; B.A., Chicago State University; M.J., Loyola University School of Law; married (wife, Rose), has four children.

Associated Representative(s): Marcus C. Evans Jr., Elgie R. Sims Jr.