State Representative Peter Breen Named to House Republican Leadership Team

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has appointed State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) as an Assistant House Republican Leader. Breen, a constitutional rights attorney, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement this past week of Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. (R-Mundelein), a fourteen-year veteran of the House.

“Peter Breen has earned the respect of Representatives from both political parties, and he has shown great leadership within the caucus to advance our pro-jobs and balanced budget agenda,” said Durkin. “He is an excellent advocate on the House floor. We look forward to his joining the leadership team, as we execute the priorities of our caucus.”

Breen was elected to the General Assembly in November of 2014, after serving as a Village Trustee and Acting Village President for the Village of Lombard. During his first term as a legislator, he passed numerous substantive bills, 11 of which were signed into law, including a measure that curbed pension spiking by municipal employees who used legal loopholes to increase pensionable income at the end of their careers. He also penned a new law that extends the timeframe during which people can file suit to address violations of the Open Meetings Act.

“It is an honor to be joining a leadership team that is focused on a reform and recovery agenda,” said Breen. “I appreciate the trust placed in me by Leader Durkin and look forward to working with the other members of the leadership team to implement our caucus priorities and goals.”

Legislators are scheduled to be in Springfield on January 9th and 10th for a “lame duck” session prior to the swearing in of the new 100th General Assembly on Wednesday, January 11.