After 25 Years in the Senate, Sen Donne Trotter (D) Announces His Decision to Retire


January 19, 2018 – This year marks the 30th year since Sen Donne Trotter (D) first joined the Illinois legislature.  On Friday, he announced his plans to retire.

Sen Trotter first served in the Illinois House from 1988 until his election to the Senate in 1992.  As a leading member of the Senate, he’s served on the influencial Appropriations Cmte.

Sen Trotter tried to replace US Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr, but in December, 2012, he was arrested while carrying a handgun in luggage, while trying to board a place at O’Hare Airport.  This episode was resolved but damaged his chance to be elected to Congress.

On hearing of Sen Trotter’s plan to retire, Illinois Senate Republican Leader, Bill Brady, issued this statement, “While an aisle may have separated us politically, Sen. Donne Trotter and I shared a passion to serve the people of Illinois, and to make our state a better place.

Throughout his tenure, Donne was always a voice of reason, which was befitting the stature of the august chamber that is the Illinois Senate.   Now, as he closes this chapter on his Senate career, he will no doubt begin writing another that will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of those he comes into contact with on a daily basis.”

Senate President Cullerton said in a statement that he valued Sen Trotter’s calm demeanor, his wisdom, his counsel and his friendship.