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State Rep. Ryan Spain elected as HRO Chairman

Spain previously served on HRO's Executive Board

Of the two positions in Illinois House Republican leadership elected by legislators, State Representative Ryan Spain won the Chairmanship of the campaign arm of the organization in a unanimous vote on Tuesday night for the 2022 cycle. Spain will guide campaign operations from candidate recruitment to fundraising. Last cycle, Spain served on the House Republican Organization’s Executive Board, which saw House Republicans gain ground under the tenure of Republican Leader Jim Durkin.

“I thank my colleagues for their vote of confidence as we look to build upon our successes from the last cycle,” stated State Representative Ryan Spain. “To be clear, I am taking on this role with the sole purpose of making Republicans the majority party in the Illinois House in the election following the remap.”

In the 2020 election cycle, House Republicans surpassed expectations, defeating four incumbent Democrats. While HRO was vastly outspent, Spain helped build hundreds of individual contributors to HRO for the first time in years. In the upcoming redistricting cycle, Republicans have fresh opportunities to win in areas voters rejected the progressive income tax amendment.

“I am excited to have Ryan Spain take the helm at the HRO,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. “Ryan’s ascent within the caucus and General Assembly has been remarkable. Ryan is dedicated to our mission of gaining the majority, and he will serve the party well.”

Ryan Spain has served as State Representative of the 73rd District since January 2017, following State Representative David Leitch's retirement. The 73rd District encompasses portions of Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Peoria, Stark, and Woodford counties.


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