Residents of Freeport, Oregon, Byron, Rochelle and portions of DeKalb will not have Senator Bivins to kick around in 2019. Popular State Senator Tim Bivins has announced he will not seek re-election in November of 2018.

Sen Bivins (R- Dixon) was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2008. He served as Minority Whip from 2013 to 2014. In a press release issued on Monday, Sen Bivins announced that he will not be seeking another term as State Senator of the 45th District

At the end of the current term I will have served approximately 11 years in the Illinois State Senate. While I plan on finishing out the current term I wanted to announce this decision now to allow enough time for anyone else who may be interested to announce and campaign. While there are no underlying issues in this decision, simply put, its time to come home.



Sen Bivins serves on a number of committees including:

  • Insurance
  • Criminal Law
  • Licensed Activities and Pensions
  • Executive Appointments (Minority Spokesperson)
  • Financial Institutions (Minority Spokesperson)
  • Committee of the Whole
  • Public Pensions & State Investments
  • Subcommittee on CLEAR Compliance

Sen Bivins has been a strong voice for reigning in government spending, blocking needless tax increases and serving his constituents.

Bivens said "I wish to thank all those who have supported me and it has been an honor and a privilege serving the citizens of the 45th district."

The 45th district covers a large area.

Senator Tim Bevins Announces He Will Not Seek a 4th Term
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Sen Bivins says that he has no immediate plans, but does plan to continue to work, be involved in my community and his church.

In my conversations with Tim, he has told me on a few occasions that he is a trained "radio guy." Perhaps Tim, we can get you to work on the radio here in Rockford. Warning, you be taking a big pay cut, but you'll have a blast!

With Sen Bivins departure, that leaves the seat open in the Senate for anyone interested in running in 2018. The job pays $67,836 a year. Any takers?

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