Wheeler named assistant House GOP leader
Veteran lawmaker state Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) has been appointed assistant House Republican leader for the 101st Illinois General Assembly.
A longtime small-business owner from Kendall County, Wheeler has earned the reputation of being a staunch advocate for small business.
"I am truly honored to accept the appointment as assistant Republican leader," Wheeler said in a press release. "I am grateful to Leader (Jim) Durkin and the entire House Republican Caucus for this opportunity. I stand committed to working with Republican and Democratic leaders from both the House and Senate to make much-needed reforms to state government and to help create Illinois jobs for Illinois families."
In his new role, Wheeler, who won a third term in the 50th District in November, is entrusted with pushing Republican positions on legislative issues such as the legislation he helped pass in 2015 mandating that all state agencies “review rules and regulations on small business in order to identify those that can be streamlined or eliminated.”
A 28-year small-business owner, Wheeler is also a former board chairman of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and a former chairman of the Illinois Leadership Council of the National Federation of Independent Business.
The 50th District includes parts of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.