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Andy Manar is a state senator from Bunker Hill in southern Macoupin County. He represents the 48th Senate District, which stretches from the east side of Springfield to Decatur in the north, spanning south into Christian and Montgomery counties and portions of Macoupin and northern Madison counties.

Manar first was elected to the Illinois Senate in 2012. Before that he was Macoupin County Board chairman, mayor of Bunker Hill and a Bunker Hill city councilman. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in history with teacher certification.

Manar is a champion for fiscal responsibility, bipartisan cooperation and expanded voter access. In 2017 he successfully advanced a bipartisan measure to bring automatic voter registration to Illinois to modernize the process, streamline state government and save taxpayers money. The bill was signed into law Aug. 28. 

Manar also was the driving force behind the successful movement to reform Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation school funding formula. Since he became a state senator, he has been a tireless advocate for fair and adequate school funding that doesn’t treat students differently based on ZIP codes. In 2017, he and State Representative Will Davis (D-Homewood) advanced a landmark school funding reform measure in the General Assembly, and it was signed into law Aug. 31.

In addition to these priorities, Manar continues to focus on issues pertaining to the state budget, job creation, support for small businesses, the opioid addiction crisis in Illinois and more.

He is chairman of one of the Senate’s two budget committees and is a member of the second budget committee. In addition, he is on the education, agriculture, labor and executive appointments committees.

His work has been recognized with numerous awards including:

  • Friend of Agriculture from the Illinois Farm Bureau,
  • Champion of Democracy from Common Cause Illinois,
  • Dawn Clark-Netsch “Straight Talk” award from the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform,
  • McGinn/Clark award for outstanding legislator by the Illinois Counseling Association,
  • Public Service Award from the Illinois Electric Cooperatives,
  • President’s Award from the Faith Coalition for the Common Good in Springfield,
  • Vince Demuzio Legislator of the Year Award from the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies,
  • Rural Legislator of the Year from the Illinois Hospital Association, and
  • the 2016 Wall of Honor at Bunker Hill High School. 

In addition to coaching little league baseball for Bunker Hill youth, Manar is a member of numerous civic and charitable organizations. He and his wife, Trista, have three children: Abbie, Will and Ben. They are members of First Congregational Church in Bunker Hill.

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