Endorsementsfrom across Illinois


Darin LaHood’s candidacy in the 18th district special election has been endorsed by the following conservative, pro-life, and civic leaders as well as second amendment rights organizations and local media:

Governor Bruce Rauner 

Former Governor Jim Edgar

Illinois Republican Congressional Delegation

  • Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-6)
  • Congressman Mike Bost (IL-12)
  • Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13)
  • Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
  • Congressman John Shimkus (IL-15)
  • Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

18 of 19 County GOP Chairmen

  • Adams County, Laura Donahue
  • Brown County, Ed Hendricks
  • Cass County, Dale Frank
  • Hancock County, Stephen Finney
  • Logan County, Dave Bender
  • Marshall County, Mike Mendola
  • Mason County, Tim Sickmeyer
  • McDonough County, Mary Brookhart
  • Menard County, Jason Huffman
  • Morgan County, Steve Hardin
  • Peoria County, Katherine Coyle
  • Pike County, Robert Browning
  • Sangamon County, Rosemarie Long
  • Schuyler County, Jeff Ervin
  • Scott County, Bradley Jefferson
  • Stark County & 18th Congressional District State Central Committeeman, Mike Bigger
  • Tazewell County, Mary Burris
  • Woodford County, Jim Piercell

McLean County Officials

  • Congressman Tom Ewing
  • Gordon Ropp, former Director of Illinois Department of Agriculture & former State Senator
  • State Senator Jason Barickman (R-53)
  • State Senator Bill Brady (R-44)
  • State Senator John Maitland
  • State Senator Chapin Rose (R-51)
  • State Representative Dan Brady (R-105)
  • State Representative Keith Sommer (R-88)
  • McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage
  • McLean County States Attorney Jason Chambers
  • McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis
  • William Caisley, McLean County Board
  • George Wendt, McLean County Board
  • Rich Buchanan, McLean County Board
  • Randy Martin, McLean County Board
  • R.C. McBride, Normal Town Council
  • Scott Preston, Normal Town Council
  • Mayor Tom Caisley, Danvers
  • Mayor John Mohr, Lexington
  • Mayor Larry Mowery, Heyworth

Illinois Conservative Leaders

  • Joe Walsh, former Congressman (IL-8)
  • Rev. Bob Vanden Bosch, Concerned Christians of America
  • Paul Caprio, Director, Family PAC
  • Denise Cattoni, Founder, Illinois Tea Party
  • State Senator Sam McCann (R-50)
  • State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-54)
  • State Representative Tom Morrison (R-54)
  • State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-25)
  • Dan Proft, conservative radio talk show host
  • Penny Pullen, former Illinois State Representative & President, Eagle Forum of Illinois
  • Ralph Rivera, Chairman, Illinois Citizens for Life Federal PAC
  • Bobby Schilling, former Congressman (IL-17)
  • Paul Schimpf, former Illinois Attorney General candidate
  • David Smith, Executive Director, Illinois Family Institute

Pro-Life Organizations

  • National Right to Life
  • Illinois Citizens for Life
  • Illinois Federation for Right to Life

Peoria Journal Star

National Rifle Association

Illinois State Rifle Association FedPAC

ABATE of Illinois FEDPAC