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Senator Fowler to Seek Re-election in the Illinois 59th District

State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) / Photo: WQRL file

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS – State Sen. Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) announced today that he will seek re-election to continue to represent the communities, businesses, and hard-working families of the 59th Illinois Senate District.

Fowler is one of the most active members of the Illinois General Assembly serving on the Education, Higher Education, Energy, Public Utilities, Revenue, and Transportation committees and as the Minority Spokesperson for Commerce and Economic Development.

“During my time in office, I have worked with the members of our community and other state officials to accomplish great things for the families of Southern Illinois, but there is still more work to be done,” Fowler said. “I have been honored to have the confidence of the constituents of the 59th District over these past two terms and I will work every day to continue to earn and keep their trust throughout our campaign.”

Fowler has worked tirelessly to promote economic development in Southern Illinois.

One of his greatest accomplishments has been the establishment of the new Cairo River Port District, for which he secured a $40 million state commitment. This public-private development project is expected to bring an estimated $300 million in private investment, create hundreds of construction jobs, and many more permanent jobs with other supporting industries. 

Container transportation alone is expected to triple by the year 2030, and 80 percent of all the barge traffic in the United States passes by the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

“It was the right time for this historic investment that was so badly needed in our community,” said Fowler. “This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Southern Illinois has to offer the world.”

Fowler was also the driving force behind the Southern Illinois Made Expo, an annual event that showcases Southern Illinois Made products and tourism destinations with the proceeds supporting veteran organizations including the Veterans’ Honor Flight of Southern Illinois and the Operation Honor Guard.

He also sponsored the legislation that led to the licensing and project labor agreement of the Walker’s Bluff Resort and Casino Project that is slated to bring several hundred jobs to Southern Illinois.

Other Fowler policy initiatives include helping school districts overcome the devastating teacher shortages and he has been a staunch champion for health care rights.

Fowler has long been known for his philanthropic work as founder and chairman of the 20-year-old Fowler Bonan Foundation with programs such as the Clothes for S.I. Kids program that provides new clothing for over 600 children throughout Southern Illinois each year, and over three years ago created Heaven’s Kitchen Harrisburg, providing nearly 300 hot meals to area citizens each week. That program was so successful it has now spread to the second location in Marion.

His ‘Together We Can’ canned soup drive resulted in the collection and distribution of over 50,000 cans of soup to help those in need across the region. Fowler also sponsored an initiative that brought over 10,000 valentine cards being delivered to the elderly and shut-ins who were isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Along with the natural beauty of Southern Illinois, we have so many resources at our fingertips that we can utilize to bring prosperity and opportunity to the people of Southern Illinois,” said Fowler. “It’s the job I signed on to do. I want to see the job through.”

Aside from his role in the Illinois Senate, Fowler has a background in farming, business ownership, and business development banking. Additionally, he worked for former Secretary of State Jim Edgar, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Juvenile Justice where he retired as Chief Engineer in 2012. Fowler is the former Mayor of Harrisburg and served as a member of the Saline County Board.  

He is a member of Delta Regional Authority-Delta Leadership Network and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Harrisburg. He and his wife, Jill, have two adult children, Hannah and Ben.