Metro-East representatives provide strong voices for workers in the Illinois House


All five are up for re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 3

Illinois Correspondent

The five Democratic state representatives in the Metro-East up for re-election on Nov. 3 have given the Labor Movement a strong arm of downstate support on matters that come before the Illinois House in Springfield. They include:

  • Monica Bristow, of Alton, 111th District.
  • Katie Stuart, of Edwardsville, 112th District.
  • Jay Hoffman, of Swansea, 113th District.
  • LaToya Greenwood, of East St. Louis, 114th District.
  • Nathan Reitz, of Steeleville, 116th District.

All five are Labor supporters who often vote together, sometimes appear together at events.

All five have been endorsed by the Illinois AFL-CIO.

Jay Hoffman is the old pro of this group, having served since 1991 except for a couple of short breaks and now ranks as an assistant majority leader. He is acknowledged as the leading Labor legislator in Springfield. His district office is in Belleville.

Hoffman has sponsored dozens of bills for Labor and seen many of them become law. Among his current committee assignments are Appropriations-capital, Judiciary, Labor and Commerce, and Public Utilities, plus the Constitutional Law and Tort Liability subcommittees. He is an attorney who completed the St. Louis University School of Law after earning a finance degree at Illinois State University. He is unopposed in this election.

He had a100 percent Labor voting record in 2018 and 2019, and has a lifetime Labor voting record of 93 percent.

Katie Stuart has become a veteran legislator in just a few years since winning office in the 2016 election, and is known for hosting helpful events of all kinds for constituents. She defeated her predecessor, Republican Dwight Kay, in two close, hard-fought elections. Stuart shows her independent streak once in a while, not always following the party line in the House. Her district office is in Collinsville.

Among her committee assignments are Labor and Commerce, Appropriations for elementary and secondary schools, Consumer Protection and Higher Education, of which she is vice chair. She is a full-time legislator and a former math teacher at the elementary, high school and college levels, with a degree from Rutgers University.

She had a 100 percent Labor voting record in 2018, 90 percent in 2019, and has a lifetime Labor voting record of 89 percent.

Monica Bristow also represents a competitive, split district that has supported Republicans in the past. So she, too, stresses her independence. She has served since December 2017.

One of her strong suits is community involvement as former president of RiverBend Growth Association and board member of American Cancer Society, Meeting of the Rivers Foundation, United Way Auxiliary and St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation, plus serving with the Alton YWCA and the Bond Workforce Investment Board, among others. She worked for Olin Corp. from 1981 to 2003, winning an Illinois Chamber of Commerce executive of the year award.

She had a 95 percent Labor voting record in 2018 and 74 percent in 2019, with a lifetime Labor voting record of 85 percent.

LaToya Greenwood has served in the House since January 2017 and is vice chair of the Elementary & Secondary Education Appropriations committee plus a member of the Counties & Townships, Health Care Access, International Trade, Labor and Commerce, and Museums, Arts and Cultural Enhancement committees.

Before serving in the House, she was on the East St. Louis City Council and worked as a director of human resources. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and policy from SIU-Edwardsville, a criminal justice degree from Michigan State University, and was a 2018 Edgar Fellow at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Her office is in East St. Louis, too.

She had a 100 percent Labor voting record in 2018 and 2019, and has a lifetime Labor voting record of 99 percent.

Nathan Reitz was appointed to the House in May 2019 when Rep. Jerry Costello II moved on to head law enforcement in the Department of Natural Resources. The 116th is considered the most conservative of the five districts. His district office is in Red Bud.

Reitz’ committee assignments include Energy & Environment, Appropriations-Capital; Labor & Commerce, Transportation–Vehicles & Safety; Veterans’ Affairs and Agriculture & Conservation.

Reitz previously was supervisor of the Baldwin Power Plant and was a member of IBEW Local 51 there. He is vice president of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Wine Hill and a high school basketball official.

He had an 82 percent Labor voting record in 2019.


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