State Rep. Terri Bryant has been recognized for her dedication to the Republican Party and was named Republican of the Week by Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider.
Bryant won re-election to her third term as state representative last year. She was first elected to the Illinois House in 2014. Her district, the 115th, includes Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Union and Washington counties.
Before entering politics, Bryant operated a farm with her husband, Rick, and later they operated the Bluebell Restaurant in Murphysboro for many years. Her public service career began in 1994, when she started work for the Illinois Department of Corrections. She rose to a management position within the Department of Corrections, and also served on the state Department of Corrections Religious Practices Advisory Board. She further served the state by acting as an internal and external auditor when needed. She retired after 20 years of service in 2014.
She became active in politics in 2006, serving as precinct committeewoman in her district. She also held leadership roles in the Jackson County Republican Women’s Club and the county central committee. She served as a delegate in the state convention in 2008 and 2012, and was selected as a member of the Electoral College in Illinois in 2008.
She and her husband live in Murphysboro. They have two children and two grandchildren.
In awarding the honor, Schneider thanked Bryant for her commitment to Southern Illinois and the Republican Party.