Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Deanne Mazzochi of Elmhurst was sworn into office Tuesday as the new State Representative for Illinois’ 47th Legislative House District. She took her oath of office outside of Elmhurst College’s Hammerschmidt Chapel, a mere 4 miles from where she was raised in Villa Park, and 6 blocks from her Elmhurst home.
Elmhurst College Trustee and 4th Ward Alderman Kevin York welcomed guests, and the Honorable Liam Brennan, 18th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, administered the oath of office. Mazzochi was introduced by State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst).
In her personal remarks, Mazzochi pointed to her leadership on the College of DuPage Board, and how being accountable, applying good government principles and ending insider deals helped restore COD’s financial standing and public trust in the College. “We embraced innovation, demanded best practices to strengthen our financial position and improved organizational performance,” said Mazzochi. “We did what needed to be done to show we were serious about restoring the public trust. How much better would our state be if everyone in Springfield followed that same approach?”
Mazzochi also referenced her work as a private practice patent attorney, and said the focus on innovation that changes lives for the better results in the kind of real-world value that taxpayers deserve. “I look forward to a day when Springfield is full of citizen legislators who are innovation and future-focused. Who make decisions and embrace policies that safeguard our neighborhoods, strengthen our education system and attract jobs and investment,” Mazzochi said. “I want Illinois to be a state that calls the next generation home. Illinois has great people, great resources and great potential. I am so honored we can be on a journey together to bring proven reform to Illinois.”
In addition to her role as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at COD, Mazzochi is a founding partner of Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP. Her Boston University undergraduate degree was in Political Science and Chemistry (Biology minor); her Juris Doctor degree was with honors from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has a passion for science and commonly brings her scientific knowledge and analytical skills to her private sector work. She will also bring that expertise to Springfield.