Senator Pat McGuire Bio

State Senator Pat McGuire has dedicated his adult life to serving the people of Will County.  A teacher by training, for a decade he taught English in public and Catholic high schools.  During that time, he was also elected to the Joliet Township High School District 204 Board of Education, where he successfully fought for stronger graduation requirements that prepare youth from Joliet, Elwood, and Shorewood prepare for post-secondary education and employment.  McGuire also has worked with the education, business, and religious communities on education funding and property tax reform.  In 1997, McGuire joined Joliet Junior College’s Project Achieve, where he helped first-generation, low-income, and special-needs college students learn the writing skills needed for successful lives.

McGuire’s school board experience with property taxes motivated him to run for Will County Treasurer in 2006.  As treasurer, McGuire streamlined his office, reduced staff and budget, and assisted thousands of homeowners with property tax problems.  McGuire teamed with state legislators, mayors, and township officials to provide foreclosure prevention programs, particularly in northern Will County.  McGuire also gained valuable experience in municipal government serving as Braidwood City Clerk.

McGuire’s Will County roots go deep.  He grew up in Joliet, the oldest of six children, and he was educated at Joliet’s Catholic schools from first grade through college.  His father, Paul, was a Joliet firefighter, and his great-grandfather helped found the local union at Lockport’s Texaco refinery.  His wife, Lora, is a native of Channahon.  Lora McGuire is a nationally recognized pain control expert who is deeply involved in the community as a leader in health and women’s issues.  The McGuires have one daughter, Molly.

Senator McGuire will use his experience as a school board member, Will County Treasurer, and city clerk to increase honesty and efficiency in Illinois government.  McGuire believes taxpayers deserve results from a government that works as hard and budgets as tightly as they do.  McGuire will work to strengthen the state’s efforts to attract jobs and investment to Will County.  McGuire’s experience readying students prepare for the new economy, bringing openness and reform to the property tax system, and working with diverse communities well equip him to help move the 43rd District ahead.

Sen. Pat McGuire


43rd District

Years served:
2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Higher Education (Chairperson); Revenue; State Government (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR); Subcommittee on Prisons (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Former teacher, school board member, Will County treasurer and Braidwood City Clerk; attended Joliet Catholic schools from first grade through college; married (Lora) with one daughter (Molly).

Associated Representatives:
John Connor
Lawrence Walsh, Jr.