State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant proudly represents the 49th Legislative District in the Illinois Senate. Jennifer is a fourth-generation Will County resident and in Springfield has fought to increase education funding, promote public safety, stimulate small-business growth, and cut government inefficiency.
Jennifer is a lifelong educator with years of local school district experience. Prior to elected office, she served as principal of Channohon Junior High, assistant principal of Nelson Prairie and Nelson Ridge, and taught at Providence Catholic. She also taught evening classes for aspiring teachers at Joliet Junior College, and graduate students at University of St. Francis and Olivet Nazarene University
In 2006, Jennifer was elected Superintendent of the Will County Regional Office of Education where she maintained education services while overseeing five straight years of budget cuts. She also established the Lincoln School—an innovative alternative program for at-risk students—and oversaw teacher licensures and implemented professional development programs for educators.
In 2012, Jennifer was elected to the 98th General Assembly where her background in education and business serves her well in her appointments to the Appropriations II Committee, Education Committee, Vice-Chair of the Labor Committee, Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee, Local Government Committee, and the Transportation Committee.
She also served on the State Government & Veterans Affairs Committee, the Subcommittee on Charter Schools and was Co-Chair of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force.
Jennifer knows first hand the importance of small business and the dangers of over-regulation. Since 1957, her family has owned and operated Bertino’s Auto Service in Joliet. In Springfield, she has sponsored legislation to require agencies to identify and eliminate overly burdensome small businesses regulation and works to promote small business development in the District. She served on the Will County Center for Economic Development Board and is a member the Shorewood, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Oswego, Romeoville, and Joliet Chambers of Commerce.
In the community, Jennifer is involved with the Community Services Council and Vista Learning, which provides refurbished computers to students in the Will County area, and has been actively involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Will County. In addition, Jennifer has served as Chair of the Troy Educational Foundation Board and former Parish Council President at St. Paul the Apostle Church.
She’s been involved in various women’s organizations, including the ZONTA International Professional Society and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Woman Educators, and was co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 470 and assisted as coach of St. Mary Immaculate Parish School Girls Basketball.
Jennifer earned her B.A. from Illinois State University, M.A. from the University of St. Francis and Doctorate from Loyola University. She currently resides in Shorewood with her family.