IL-12: Brendan Kelly (D)
With the help of a Navy ROTC scholarship, Brendan attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a degree in Government and International Relations and earning a commission as an officer in the United States Navy.
After receiving a law degree from St. Louis University, Brendan served as an Assistant State’s Attorney, prosecuting crime and standing up for victims. In 2010, Brendan became the State’s Attorney for St. Clair County. As State’s Attorney, Brendan made significant reforms that saved taxpayer money and made the office more efficient.
As the youngest member of the board, he served as the representative for the National District Attorneys Association as an observer of the prosecution of terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.
In St. Clair County, Brendan strengthened the law enforcement functions of the State’s Attorney’s office, creating a new violent crime unit and revolutionizing the prosecution of domestic assault cases, more than doubling the rate of charges in those cases.
He created a children’s justice division to prosecute crimes against children and fought to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual assault. He served as an executive committee member of Fight Crime, Invest in Kids and as Chairman of the St. Clair County Child Advocacy Center.
The biographical information above was sourced from the campaign website; see link above for more information.
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