Cross Re-Elected Leader for 98th General Assembly
Representative Tom Cross (R-Oswego) was re-elected House Republican Leader for the upcoming 98th General Assembly on Tuesday evening in a meeting of the 47 new and returning members of the Illinois House Republican Caucus at the Capitol. Inauguration of the 98th General Assembly is scheduled for January 9, 2013.
Cross, first elected to the Illinois House in 1992 after eight years as a prosecutor with the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s Office, has served as House Republican Leader since 2003.
“We have made tremendous progress as a caucus the past two years,” said Cross. “From refocusing on job creation and forcing the state to reduce spending and live within its means; to passage of important new legislation to protect student athletes from the risk of concussions and making strides in the fight against diabetes, House Republicans have charted the course for a better future for every Illinois family.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve as our Leader,” Cross added.
Cross is a graduate of Yorkville High School and Illinois Wesleyan University. He received his J.D. from Cumberland Law School in Alabama. Leader Cross is also very involved in the community including serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Illinois Chapter.
He and his wife, the former Genie Hovater, live in Oswego with their two children. They belong to the Oswego Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist.