Rep. Welter to focus on emerging from pandemic, economic opportunity for families & students as he begins new term

State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, was sworn in for his third full term on Wednesday, joining all 118 members of the Illinois House of Representatives for the inauguration of the 102nd General Assembly held at the Bank of Springfield Center. Welter has represented Illinois’ 75th District since July 2016 serving portions of Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties.

“Democrats and Republicans need to work together to position Illinois to effectively distribute COVID-19 vaccines and assist our economy to bounce back from the ravaging effects of the pandemic,” Welter said. “We need to make policy changes that will create jobs, strengthen schools and enact meaningful and lasting property tax relief. Illinois presently ranks second in the nation for people leaving for lower taxes and better opportunities elsewhere. Our priority in 2021, in tandem with overcoming the pandemic, must be to reverse this trend by making Illinois more competitive for job creators and more affordable for families and seniors.”

“Too many of our best and brightest students leave Illinois after graduation,” Welter added. “We need to work together to give recent graduates more reasons and opportunities to stay here. Whether they choose to pursue a college education, attend a trade school or start a career, we have to make Illinois a place where everyone can pursue their goals and succeed.”

The Illinois House of Representatives is comprised of 73 Democrats and 45 Republicans for the 2021-2023 term. Following the swearing in, Representative Chris Welch of Hillside was elected Speaker of the House and Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs was re-elected Minority Leader.   

Prior to his appointment to the Illinois General Assembly, Welter served as Chairman of the Grundy County Board, to which he was first elected in 2010.  His private sector experience includes work as the Human Resources Manager for Illinois Truck & Equipment. Welter is also currently a licensed real estate agent practicing in Morris.

Representative Welter’s committee assignments for the 2021-2022 legislative session will be announced in the coming weeks. For questions or more information, please visit