Mike Frerichs Applauds the Illinois General Assembly for Support of Marriage Equality. Frerichs only one of two Downstate Senators to Co-Sponsor SB10
SPRINGFIELD, IL- State Senator and SB10 Co-Sponsor, Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign), released the following statement after the historic passage of marriage equality in the Illinois General Assembly today.
“I’m proud that the Illinois House of Representatives voted to support marriage equality today and I was honored to again vote for SB10 in the State Senate tonight,” Frerichs said. “I have been a longtime supporter of LGBT civil rights; I ran in support of marriage equality in my first race for state office in 1998, I voted for civil unions in 2010, I proudly voted for marriage equality in February of this year, and I am only one of two Downstate co-sponsors of marriage equality. I was again honored to cast my vote for SB10 this evening and bring Illinois into the group of states that treat all families equally. This is a good day for Illinois families, our state’s economy, and civil rights in the Land of Lincoln.”
Mike Frerichs has served as the State Senator for the 52nd District since 2007, representing Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Mike is currently Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and was previously the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. Mike is originally from Gifford, Illinois (pop. 800) and was in the first generation of his family to attend college (Yale University). Previously, Mike was elected to the Champaign County Board (2000) and was Champaign County Auditor (2002-2007). He is also a certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for his work in bringing transparency and strict oversight to the County’s budget. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” is a play on his height. At 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history.