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Monday, October 15, 2012

Campaign Spotlight: Pat Verschoore

Pat Verschoore
Democrat
Illinois House, 72nd House District of Illinois
Email: voteverschoore.com/contact
Website: voteverschoore.com
Issues: Outsourcing, State Budget, Medicaid Costs, Pensions, Role for State Government

Representative Pat Verschoore is 100% pro-choice and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. Pat Verschoore knows that women don't turn to politicians for advice about birth control, mammograms, or cancer screenings. He believes that government should not be involved in a woman's personal medical decisions. Pat Vershoore's record shows that he trusts women to make the best decision for themselves without government interference.

Verschoore's opponent, Neil Anderson, has been endorsed by the ultra-conservative Family PAC which wants to ban all abortions without exceptions - not even for victims of rape. Anderson supports intrusive restrictions on abortions. Also, he opposes age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive sex education.

Biography:
Pat Verschoore was born to Arthur and Loretta Verschoore on November 30, 1943 at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rock Island, Illinois. The youngest of seven children, Verschoore graduated from Alleman High School in Rock Island in 1961. He married his wife Charlene in 1964, and, after a five year apprenticeship with the Plumbers and Pipefitters, Verschoore earned his plumber's license with Local #25 in 1970.

By 1972, Verschoore had earned a reputation in the labor community as a fighter for workers' rights and was elected President of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #25. He later served as the local's Business Manager/Financial Secretary and Fund Administrator for the Pension, Health and Welfare Fund. Verschoore retired from the union in 2000.

While serving as Financial Secretary, Verschoore became both a regional and statewide leader as well, serving as a trustee on the Tri-City Building Trades Council and also a vice president of the Illinois Pipetrades Association. Verschoore also served as a director of the Illowa Labor/Management Council, whose purpose is to promote union construction through a project labor agreement known as IMPACT.

Verschoore was inducted into the Eastern Iowa/Northwestern Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame in 2000, and he was honored as Grand Marshall of East Moline's 2002 Labor Day parade.

Verschoore's leadership is not limited to the labor movement. He served as a Trustee for Bowling Township from 2001 until 2003 and is a previous Bowling Township Precinct Committeeman. Verschoore currently works as a Business Development Director at Quad City Bank and Trust.

Verschoore's legislative agenda reflects his values as a lifelong resident of the Quad Cities area. Having raised his own family, Verschoore's top priority is to make sure that working families get the opportunities they deserve, and that means promoting economic development to create good-paying jobs with benefits in the Quad Cities. Before being sworn in as State Representative himself, Verschoore worked closely with former State Representative Joel Brunsvold on a number of issues, including labor and business initiatives for the Quad Cities and the local area.

As a father and the husband of a retired teacher, Pat Verschoore understands that a quality education is the foundation for a prosperous future. Verschoore knows that good schools need to have the resources to provide modern textbooks and attract well-trained and committed instructors. He believes we must also demand the best of our students, teachers and administrators.

Verschoore's commitment to the community includes volunteer work for: Habitat for Humanity; the Boys and Girls Club; Gilda's Club, and Building for Kids, Hearts and Hammers. He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce. Pat and Charlene Verschoore currently live in Milan and attend St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Andalusia. They have one son, married, and three granddaughters.

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