Harmon elected new Illinois Senate president

The Illinois State Senate elected Sen. Don Harmon (D) to be its president for the upcoming legislative session. Harmon won the post over fellow senator Kimberly Lightford (D).

In Illinois, the Illinois Senate president is the highest-ranking legislative officer, serving as the leader of the upper chamber of the Illinois General Assembly. He or she president presides over legislative sessions and ensures that members of the chamber abide by procedural rules.

Harmon replaces long-time senator John Cullerton (D), who resigned on January 20, 2020. Cullerton served a total of 41 years in the Illinois General Assembly and 11 years as Illinois Senate President.

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