State Rep. Sue Scherer was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois where she attended St. Teresa High School. The daughter of a machinist and a homemaker, Scherer detasseled corn and worked in the cafeteria at Decatur Memorial Hospital to save money for college.
After graduating from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Scherer taught in the Decatur and Maroa-Forsyth public school districts for more than 30 years. She served on various faculty committees, assisted in contract negotiations, and also earned a Master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University while teaching. Representative Scherer has three daughters, Beth, Sara, and Marcy, one son, Tyler, and six grandchildren.
Elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012, Scherer is a full-time legislator representing the 96th District, which includes portions of Christian, Macon and Sangamon counties. She sits on six committees, including serving as the Chairwoman for Business incentives for local communities, Vice-Chair of Agriculture, and Vice-Chair for the Elementary and Secondary Education Licensing Oversight Committee. Scherer’s top legislative priorities include creating jobs, fighting for equitable funding for local schools, and cutting wasteful spending while protecting critical programs and services for seniors, veterans, students, and middle-class families.
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