|State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego)|
NORTH AURORA – State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) was appointed to the post of House Republican Conference Chairman today, a nearly unprecedented recognition for a freshman lawmaker just completing their first term in the Illinois General Assembly. Wheeler, a 25-year small business owner and sixth generation Kendall County resident, was first elected in 2014 and reelected in November 2016 to represent the 50th District, which includes portions of Kane and Kendall Counties.
Rep. Wheeler’s appointment was announced by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin on Tuesday. “Keith Wheeler has made a significant impact on the Illinois House of Representatives in just two short years,” Leader Durkin said. “In addition to being a vocal and effective advocate for his constituents, Rep. Wheeler has been a leader in our caucus on issues important to Illinois’ small business community and reforming the state budget. He has earned this opportunity to play a larger role in shaping policy moving forward as we work together to make Illinois a place where everyone can be proud to live, work and raise a family once again.”
Rep. Wheeler is a former Board Chairman of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and a past Illinois Leadership Council Chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business. As a freshman member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Rep. Wheeler passed legislation in 2015 requiring all state agencies to review rules and regulations on small business in order to identify those that can be streamlined or eliminated; as well as serving as a key voice in support of workers compensation reform and responsible budgeting.
“I am truly honored to accept the appointment as Republican Conference Chairman,” Rep. Wheeler said. “This role will enable me to be an even more effective voice for Fox Valley families as we work to create Illinois jobs for Illinois families and make much-needed reforms to state government. I am grateful to my constituents and my colleagues for the confidence and trust they have placed in me. We have a lot of important work to do in the coming weeks and months to restore stability to the state budget as well as bring opportunity and growth back our economy.”
Rep. Wheeler lives in Oswego with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.