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During Scott Bennett’s short time representing the 52nd State Senate District, he has prioritized clean water, education funding and protecting middle class families.

Scott Bennett has a strong roots in our community as the fifth-generation Central Illinoisan.

Five generations of Scott Bennett’s family have farmed on the same acreage of land in Gibson City.

He moved to Champaign-Urbana to attend law school at the University of Illinois after graduating from Illinois State University.

Scott Bennett served as the 2016 President of the Urbana Rotary, Co-Chairperson of the United Way’s 2015 Ready.Set.Grow! Young Children’s Expo, a member of the Community Justice Task Force as well as many other civic organizations.

Scott Bennett has continued to work with others to find ways to resolve community problems.

As an attorney and prosecutor, Scott Bennett has seen the firsthand dangers that accompany a lack of educational and employment opportunities for community youth. He has taken his experiences to fight for education funding and economic development opportunities for the 52nd State Senate District.

That’s why during his time in office, he has made educating and training people to make workforce shortages obsolete. This year Scott Bennett wrote and passed a law that would create the Taskforce on Computer Science Education to analyze the current state of computer science education in Illinois. The bill also includes recommendations to increase computer science education in Illinois schools. He understands that there are jobs waiting for local residents but it is important that we make sure we have people trained for those jobs.

Scott Bennett’s first priority as state senator has been to protect the Mahomet Aquifer. The Aquifer serves as the primary water supply for 15 counties across Central Illinois including Champaign and Vermilion counties.

He is working to find a permanent solution to protect our children for generations to come to ensure they can rely on this vital resource.

Scott Bennett continued his mission this year by championing the Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, which addresses the closure of waste pits across the state filled with coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal. This will prevent coal ash waste from threatening our water and our communities throughout the state.

He received multiple environmental accolades such as the public servant award for environmental advocacy from Prairie Rivers Network and Milestone Achievement Award from the Illinois Environmental Council.

Bennett serves as the Chair of the Senate’s Agriculture as well as the Vice Chair of Criminal Law, Appropriations II, Higher Education, State Government and Labor Committees.

He currently lives in Champaign with his wife Stacy and their twins, Sam and Emma.