State Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, was appointed to the post of House Republican Conference Chairman today, a nearly unprecedented recognition for a sophomore lawmaker just completing their second term in the Illinois General Assembly. Wheeler, a 27-year small business owner and sixth generation Kendall County resident, was first elected in 2014 and reelected in November 2016 to represent the 50th District, which includes portions of Kane and Kendall Counties.
Rep. Wheeler’s appointment was announced by House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, on Tuesday. “During his time in the General Assembly, Rep. Wheeler has exemplified his commitment to our caucus and to the principles we fight for every day. It is an honor to have him serve on our Leadership team and I look forward to working with him as we continue to fight for what’s best for Illinois.”
Rep. Wheeler is a former Board Chairman of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and a past Illinois Leadership Council Chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business. As a freshman member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Rep. Wheeler passed legislation in 2015 requiring all state agencies to review rules and regulations on small business in order to identify those that can be streamlined or eliminated; as well as serving as a key voice in support of workers compensation reform and responsible budgeting.
“I am truly honored to accept the appointment as Republican Conference Chairman,” Rep. Wheeler said. “This role will enable me to be an even more effective voice for Fox Valley families as we work to create Illinois jobs for Illinois families and make much-needed reforms to state government. I am grateful to my constituents and my colleagues for the confidence and trust they have placed in me.”
In addition to this new appointment as House Republican Conference Chairman, Representative Wheeler continues to serve as Co-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR), the state’s legislative oversight committee of rules used to implement new and existing laws across all state agencies; a position he has held since February 2017.
Rep. Wheeler lives in Oswego with his wife, Lisa, and their three children.