David R. Leitch

David R. Leitch

David R. Leitch

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Representative David R. Leitch (R-Peoria) is serving his thirteenth term in the Illinois General Assembly. He has received numerous awards for his community service, responsiveness to his constituents, and his legislative service. Illinois Central College named the David R. Leitch Career Center in honor of his dedication and support for Illinois Central College. He was awarded the Dr. Nathan Davis Award as State Legislator of the Year in the United States by the American Medical Association.

His special interests as a legislator are constituent services, health care, economic development issues, and human services.

A primary focus has been on reforming Illinois’ worst in the U.S. mental health system and on building a model community-based system in the Peoria area. To that end, he convened community-based providers to form the Central Illinois Coalition for Mental Health Recovery nearly 14 years ago; among the accomplishments of its advocacy have been a mental health court, psychiatric residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, and a Crisis Center designed to divert at-risk individuals to treatment rather than emergency rooms or jail.

As Deputy Leader, Representative Leitch is number two in House Republican Leadership – responsible for Downstate members. He has received over 70 legislator of the year (or equivalent) awards. In addition to House assignments, he represents House Republicans on the bipartisan, 12-member Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.

The 73rd Legislative District includes: the City of Peoria, Chillicothe, Dunlap, Princeville, Brimfield, Elmwood, Kickapoo, nine townships in Bureau County, Marshall County, Stark County, Woodford County, and several communities in LaSalle County.

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