Illinois Democratic party leaders appointed Jonathan “Yoni” Pizer (D) to represent District 12 in the state House of Representatives on February 9, 2020. The seat was vacated when Sen. Sara Feigenholtz (D) was appointed to the Illinois State Senate on January 21, 2020, following the resignation of former Senate President John Cullerton (D).
Pizer previously declared his candidacy for this year’s election to represent District 12 in the Illinois House. He is one of six candidates on the ballot in the Democratic primary on March 17, 2020. There are no Republican primary candidates.
Pizer owned and operated a small business before becoming the LGBT Liaison for U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D), where he worked for the previous five years.
Pizer’s appointment filled the second vacancy of the year in the Illinois House of Representatives. The current partisan composition of the state House is 74 Democrats, 44 Republicans, and zero vacancies. The Democratic Party also holds the Illinois governorship and majority control of the State Senate, making Illinois one of 15 Democratic state government trifectas.
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