About Senator McConnaughay

Senator Karen McConnaughay

Karen McConnaughay is currently serving her second term as State Senator of the 33rd District. She is in leadership as the Republican Minority Whip.

Senator McConnaughay is the Minority Spokesperson for the Senate Transportation Committee. She also serves as a member on the Appropriations II, Education, Energy, Revenue and Gaming Committees. Additionally, she serves on the Commission on Restorative Justice, the Committee on Pension Investments, as well as the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).  Senator McConnaughay also sits on the Education Funding Reform Commission, the committee charged with proposing a state education funding system that provides adequate, equitable, transparent, and accountable distribution of funds to school districts.

She also currently serves on the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Executive Committee as well as NCSL International Relations Task Force

Prior to her election to the Illinois State Senate, Karen McConnaughay served as the County Board Chairman of Kane County from 2004-2012 where she achieved remarkable success in lowering spending and reducing the size of government while bolstering accountability, efficiency and transparency. 

Under her leadership, Kane County invested in the improvement of public transportation and safety, completed construction of the Stearns Road Bridge Corridor, constructed a new county jail, initiated the strengthening of emergency response services and replaced the county wide finance system.

Senator McConnaughay has resided in St. Charles for nearly three decades as a parent, small business owner and grass roots activist.  She and her husband, John, can often be found spending time with their three adult children and grandchildren.