State Representative Mark Luft, R-Pekin, took the oath of office as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives on Wednesday at the inauguration ceremony for the 102nd General Assembly held at the Bank of Springfield Center. Luft was elected in November 2020 to replace retiring State Representative Mike Unes, R-East Peoria.
“As we begin this new General Assembly, Democrats and Republicans need to work together to achieve fiscal responsibility, pass meaningful ethics reforms into law to clean up our state, and improve the quality of life for Illinois families,” said Luft. “For too long, our two parties have failed to work together in Springfield. I plan to use my voice and my leadership experience to help change that, beginning today.”
The Illinois House of Representatives is comprised of 73 Democrats and 45 Republicans for the 2021-2023 term. Following the swearing in, Representative Chris Welch of Hillside was elected Speaker of the House and Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs was re-elected House Minority Leader.
Born and raised in Pekin, Representative Luft is a U.S. Army veteran who has dedicated his life to serving his community, state, and country. Mark is a graduate of Pekin Community High School and served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1987 until 1994. In the private sector, he worked for Illinois American Water Company for 30 years. At home, Luft served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Pekin JFL for several years and was elected to the Pekin City Council in 2015. He was elected Mayor of Pekin in 2019.
Residents of the 91st District can learn more about forthcoming legislation sponsored by Representative Luft during the spring legislative session and other state news on his website at repluft.com. The 91st District includes portions of Tazewell, Fulton and Peoria Counties.
Mark and his wife Lelonie have five children and proudly reside in Pekin.