Dear Friend,

Good Saturday morning to you! I am blessed to say that I spent time this week traveling throughout Southern Illinois meeting with friends and talking about big policy changes at the national level that are leading to more good paying jobs for working families in Illinois. Here's what went on this week!

President Trump Visits Granite City Steel Works
President Donald Trump visited Illinois for the first time since taking office this past Thursday. He made the trip to Granite City to visit the newly reopened Granite City Steel Works. After being shuttered due to economic policies imposed by the Barack Obama administration, Granite City Steel Works is now back in business, employing hard working people in good paying jobs. 


Thank you to President Trump for his leadership and for his focus on making America's economy great once again! This past week, new job numbers show record growth for the economy, with an astouding 4.1% GDP growth in the previous quarter.

Senior Citizens Health Fair in Carbondale
I had a great time visiting with seniors at the Carbondale senior citizens health fair this past Wednesday morning. State Senator Paul Schimpf, Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and I are proud to host this annual event together!



Seniors are able to receive select health screenings, take home important information, and win prizes. Thank you to all the vendors that provide health care services to seniors in southern Illinois for attending, and thank you to all the seniors that participated!


Thank you to the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives!
This week, I was honored to be invited to Springfield to receive an award for public service from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. I was honored to meet with area representatives from local electric coops. Thank you to all those electric cooperatives out there that work so hard for constituents that live in rural and under-served areas. 







Fraternal Order of Police Host Convention in Mt. VernonLast Sunday, I was given the opportunity to attend the State Convention of the Fraternal Order of Police held at the Double Tree in Mt. Vernon. I was honored to be able to address the assembly and to witness the swearing in of the executive board.  As with many organizations, their auxiliary plays a vital role in what they are able to accomplish. 
Pictured here is the swearing in of the Auxiliary Executive Board. My friend Cindy Draege is second from the right. Congrats to all!
Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Tuesday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Wednesday and Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com or at bryant@ilhousegop.org

Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!



Dear Friend, 

This week I was busy traveling the 115th district meeting with my constituents. Take a look at what I was up to!

Supporting Youth Agriculture and Ag Education!
I had a great time Wednesday at the Jefferson County 4H Auction. This year, my husband Rick made it very clear that I should not come home with yet another goat. So, I bought 3 rabbits from Miss Tinsley and a hog from Miss Marlow, though no livestock came home with us.

Jefferson County is home to world class agricultural education opportunities and some of the most dedicated 4H and FFA students in the world! I am blessed to represent you!











NubAbility Sports Camp in DuQuoin
I was so honored to be invited to attend and say a few words at the opening ceremony of the NubAbility Sports Camp in DuQuoin on Friday.

The camp gives kids who are “limb different,” a chance to learn and compete in their chosen sport.


I met some very special new friends and had the chance to catch up with folks I've seen every year at NubAbility Camp. Thank you all for making me feel welcome and have fun!

There are 2 rules at the NubAbility Camp:

1. Leave all excuses outside the gate;

2. If you say I can’t you do 50 push ups.

Please take the time to visit their website and check out this amazing organization @ www.NubAbility.org

Carbondale WalMart Renovates and Donates
I had a great time visiting with employees at Walmart in Carbondale as they celebrated the store finalizing renovations. I enjoyed the ribbon cutting and talking with the folks that make Walmart work!



Walmart has also generously donated $20,000 to the upcoming Veterans' Honor Flight and $1,000 to Carbondale's Thomas Elementary School. Thank you to Walmart for your generosity and service to the community!

Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Tuesday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Wednesday and Fridays from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com or at bryant@ilhousegop.org

Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!



Murphysboro…State Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) reacted today to the signing of House Bill 2354 and Senate Bill 3256, two pieces of legislation that slap further regulations on 2nd Amendment protections.

HB 2354 would allow family members to get court approval to remove firearms from loved ones they believe could hurt someone or themselves. Bryant says she opposed the legislation.

“I did not support HB 2354 during the legislative Session this year,” Bryant said. “I believe that the bill unfairly limits due process and could potentially make criminals out of law abiding citizens. Quite simply, the bill goes too far and allows for actual confiscation of legally owned weapons.”

SB 3256 establishes a “72 hour waiting period” while background checks are performed on gun purchasers. Bryant says the 72-hour waiting period bill is another example of Chicago Democrats playing to a radical anti-gun base.

“This bill creates yet another layer of bureaucracy to place at the altar of Chicago Democratic-base politics,” Bryant said. “This legislation really strikes at some beloved traditions in Southern Illinois and will harm gun dealers and gun and knife trade shows. Unfortunately, every day that the legislature is in Session in Illinois, pro 2nd Amendment legislators like myself must be vigilant and work to protect our constitutionally guaranteed rights.”

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Dear Friend,

This week was filled with news made at SIU, and with fun interactions and presentations with folks from all over the 115th district. Between meetings with constituents at my two district offices and appearing at different functions, my tires were as hot as the Southern Illinois summer weather. It is my honor to represent you, and I am blessed to say that I truly love being your State Representative.

Here's what happened in the 115th district this week!

Dunn Agrees to Resign as SIU President, Dr. Dorsey to be named interim President
Last night, news broke that on Monday, Randy Dunn will resign as SIU President at a special meeting of the SIU Board of Trustees. I issued the following statement in light of last night's announcement that SIU President Randy Dunn is stepping aside.

"This evening's breaking news that President Randy Dunn plans to step down as the head of the Southern Illinois University system is welcome news. It also signals and end of one era and the beginning of another. The next president of the Southern Illinois University system should remember that they are charged with protecting and preserving the health of the entire University system as a whole. I want to take this opportunity to wish Dr. Dorsey all the best as he begins this new chapter for himself and for the University. Although this action took much longer than I wish it would have, ultimately Mr. Dunn took the appropriate action and stepped aside for the good of all of Southern Illinois University."

Governor Visits Bluford to Celebrate Debt RetirementOn Thursday evening, I was honored to join Governor Rauner, and Bluford Mayor Mike Bullard and Bluford village officials for a special ceremony to celebrate the retirement of the village's debt! The village of Bluford was celebrating the payoff of more than $400,000! Congratulations to the village of Bluford, Mayor Bullard, and all village officials on this amazing accomplishment. It was my honor to celebrate this momentous occasion with you!

The Village of Bluford celebrates being 'debt free' at a special ceremony with Governor Rauner on July 12, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Hoffman on Retiring!

Many of my constituents in Jefferson County no doubt know who Dr. Daniel Hoffman is.

Dr. Hoffman served the health care needs of Jefferson County and Southern Illinois practicing internal medicine and geriatrics for 37 years. Dr. Hoffman was honored by friends, family, associates, and former patients with a retirement party at Schweinfurth House in Mt. Vernon on Thursday night. I was privileged to present Dr. Hoffman with a congratulatory Resolution from the House that details his amazing career. Thank you to Dr. Hoffman and his family for allowing me to be a part of your special evening. Best wishes on your retirement!

You can read the full text of the resolution by clicking here!

Visiting with SIU-C Ag Students for the Collegiate FFA!
This past week the SIUC Ag Dept. Hosted the Collegiate FFA.

On Wednesday evening I visited with  several of the students to talk about the greatness of southern Illinois and Southern Illinois University.

We also talked about Illinois politics and government. It was great hearing and learning from these fine students and future ag leaders!
The 2018 Collegiate FFA Convention was held at SIU-Carbondale on Wednesday!

Stay Connected!
My office in Mt. Vernon is open Monday through Friday and my office in Murphysboro is open Monday through Thursday, each from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. You can also contact me directly through the Contact Form on my website at www.repbryant.com - Your opinions on important topics facing the State of Illinois are invaluable to me. Keep them coming!