Former Gov. Edgar endorses Barickman

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar has endorsed State Rep. Jason Barickman for the State Senate in the March 20 primary election. Barickman is a Republican candidate for the Illinois State Senate in the newly redrawn 53rd District.

“Times are tough and state government leaders are struggling to find solutions,” said Gov. Edgar. “Now more than ever, we need effective, fiscally conservative legislators like Jason Barickman representing us in Springfield. That’s why I am endorsing Jason Barickman for State Senate.”

“Jason Barickman worked for me, and I know he’s a person who can help change state government in Springfield,” said Edgar. “We need new leadership to move Illinois forward. Jason Barickman will provide effective, fiscally conservative leadership at a time when we need it the most.”

“I’m honored to have Gov. Edgar’s support.” said Representative Barickman. “Gov. Edgar successfully led state government through difficult times. I want to apply the principles I learned from him to demonstrate similar leadership in the Senate.”

Representative Barickman, 36, has built a strong, solid voting record in his first term in the Illinois House of Representatives. He has been recognized by the Illinois Policy Institute and For the Good of Illinois advocacy groups for his pro-growth, anti-tax voting record. He has also been endorsed by Congressman Tim Johnson and former Congressman Tom Ewing.

Barickman has served in the Illinois House of Representatives since 2011, and under new legislative maps, is seeking the 53rd Senate District seat, which includes portions of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLean, Vermilion, and Woodford counties.

A native of Livingston County, he currently lives in Champaign with his wife, Kristin, and nine-month old son, August. Learn more at or