Springfield….State Representative Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) was sworn in to office for a third-term as 115th District State Representative during an Inauguration ceremony held in Springfield on Wednesday. Bryant, who first replaced Congressman Mike Bost in 2015, says she is humbled and honored by the opportunity to once again serve the citizens of southern Illinois at the Capitol.
“I want to thank my husband Rick, and my entire family for their love and support and for being here today,” Bryant said. “It is an honor and the privilege of a lifetime to serve the people of the 115th district in Springfield. I am proud to have the opportunity to continue to represent their best interests.”
Bryant was sworn-in along with 117 of her colleagues as the 100th General Assembly begins its work. Representative Bryant did not mince words when speaking about the enormous challenges that lie ahead.
“Illinois is in deep financial trouble, but everyone knows that. The question is, “How do we grow out of this mess?” Bryant said. “We have the work force, the transportation infrastructure, a world-class university at SIU in Carbondale, and bountiful natural resources that we can marshal to help grow good paying jobs. What’s been missing is the political will to get the job done.”
A deep partisan divide in Springfield caused much of the dysfunction in Springfield during the 99th General Assembly, but Bryant spoke
with optimism following developments this week that point to a changing attitude among top Democrats regarding much needed economic reforms.
“Democrat leadership has indicated this week that they are willing to work across the aisle on economic reforms that are desperately needed,” Bryant said. “Hope springs eternal, so with the swearing-in of this new General Assembly, my hopes are high that we’ll pass a balanced budget along with pro-growth reforms. We know that taxing and spending our way out of debt doesn’t work, so I’m happy to hear of any movement toward policies that can result in widespread economic growth.”