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New lawmaker gets assignments

Brian Stewart
Brian Stewart

State Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Freeport, was assigned to the agriculture and conservation committee during his first day in Springfield Tuesday.

Last month, Stewart was chosen to succeed Rep. Jim Sacia, R-Pecatonica, who resigned midway through his term after 11 years in office. Stewart was chosen by Republican leaders in his district, which includes parts of Whiteside, Carroll, and Ogle counties.

Other committee assignments for Stewart were judiciary, tourism and conventions, and accountability and administrative review.

“I’ve been lucky to inherit many key committee assignments that not only tie into my background, but also play into the needs of the 89th District,” Stewart said in a statement. “My background in business and law enforcement, along with our area’s rich agricultural and tourism industries, are all reflected.”

Stewart, a former police officer, manages more than 20 businesses in the Freeport area.

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