State Rep. Patti Bellock, R-Hinsdale, will not seek re-election to the Illinois General Assembly in 2018, according to a news release.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve my community in the Illinois General Assembly,” Bellock said in the release. “I would like to thank my family, friends and the residents of my district for their support over the years and to all those who suggested ideas for legislation that we were able to enact into public policy together. Making a positive difference in the lives of others has been the greatest reward in this job.”
Bellock, who was elected in 1999, was the first woman to serve as deputy leader of a legislative caucus when she was appointed deputy house minority leader in 2013, a position she continues to hold. Her term ends in January 2019.
Bellock serves as a budget negotiator for the House Republicans, minority spokeswoman for the House Human Service and House Human Service Appropriations committees and co-chairwoman of the Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force.
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, praised Bellock’s accomplishments.
“Patti has brought the common-sense approach of a mother and grandmother to her public role, combining a keen understanding of how the law impacts people’s lives with a depth of knowledge and expertise in key policy areas unequaled among her peers,” Durkin said in a news release. “Patti will long be remembered as an extraordinary leader and a tireless advocate for Illinois families particularly on health care, disability and budget issues."