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Dale Righter

Dale Righter
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 55th district
Assumed office
January 2003 (2003-Jan)
Preceded by Frank Watson (redistricted)
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 106th District
In office
January 1997 (1997-Jan) – January 2003 (2003-Jan)
Personal details
Born (1966-08-23) August 23, 1966 (age 47)
Mattoon, Illinois
Political party Republican
Children two
Residence Mattoon, Illinois
Alma mater Saint Louis University, J.D.
Eastern Illinois University, B.S.
Profession attorney
Religion Christian

Dale Righter is a Republican member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 55th district since 2003 and currently serving as the Senate Deputy Minority Leader. He was previously a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1997 through 2002.

Early life, education and career

Righter was born and raised in Mattoon, Illinois. He attended Mattoon High School and Eastern Illinois University where he received a degree in accounting in 1988. Righter then attended Saint Louis University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1991. He is currently of Counsel with The Law Offices of Kevin L. Geisler in Charleston, Illinois and works as a part-time college instructor.

Illinois General Assembly

Committees on Higher Education; Executive; Executive Appointments; Judiciary Criminal Law; Public Health; Rules.

During his time in the Illinois General Assembly, Righter has spearheaded legislative initiatives on a wide variety of issues, including economic development, school funding, health care and governmental accountability. Additionally, he sponsored legislation expanding newborn screening in Illinois to better utilize current medical advances for the health of infants and their families; measures to expand the Freedom of Information Act so taxpayers better know how their tax dollars are spent; and laws promoting the use of ethanol and other renewable fuels.

Personal life

Righter lives in Charleston and has two children. He is a member of the Broadway Christian Church, Peer Court Program of Mattoon, Elks Club Charleston Lodge, Mattoon YMCA, CHOICE of Mattoon, Ducks Unlimited, and Exchange Club of Mattoon. He also serves as Republican precinct committeeman in Mattoon and is a member of the Republican Century Gold Club.


External links

  • Senator Dale A. Righter (R) 55th District at the Illinois General Assembly
    • By session: 93rd
  • State Senator Dale Righter constituency site
  • Ballotpedia
  • Project Vote Smart
  • Financial information (state office) at the National Institute for Money in State Politics
  • The Law Offices of Kevin L. Geisler attorney site
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