Deanne Mazzochi Sworn into 101st General Assembly, seconds Jim Durkin’s Nomination for Speaker

State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) was sworn into her first full term Wednesday. Fulfilling her campaign pledge, she refused to vote for Mike Madigan as speaker, instead seconding the nomination of Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to be speaker.

“I want to thank the people of the 47th District for their support, and I look forward to advocating the issues our District holds dear. If you need assistance or want to voice your opinion please contact or stop in my office,” said Mazzochi. “Legislatively, I have already begun drafting a legislative package to increase access, cost and quality of both education and healthcare.”

Mazzochi’s stated in her nominating speech, “You can send a message to the people considering abandoning Illinois because they do not trust us to get our House in order. We can say, the status quo is no longer the Holy Book of what we do. New Members, New House, New Rules, New Speaker.”

Madigan was nevertheless re-elected Speaker of the House by a party line vote of 72-44-1; Durkin retained his position as Minority Leader. The House of Representatives of the new 101st General Assembly includes almost 40 freshman members; Mazzochi represents approximately 110,000 residents from Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Downers Grove and Western Springs.

Rep. Mazzochi will be holding a legislative open house on the evening of Feb. 11th. Everyone is invited and encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences; Mazzochi and additional legislative staff will be on hand to answer questions or concerns; or to share friendly conversation. The district office is located at 1 S. Cass Ave., Westmont Centre, Suite 205, Westmont, IL 60559.

“Some of our best legislative ideas that make a real-world difference came from individual residents who lived with a problem, and want to make it right. We can make that happen the more we build coalitions to work together.” Mazzochi explained, “every time I meet with our residents, they give me something new to think about; and ideas for how we can engage in creative problem-solving to help all of the residents in our state.”

Residents of the 47th district can learn more about legislation Mazzochi sponsored during the spring legislative session on her website or by signing up for her email list at