Political rivals join forces now that the votes are counted

State Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington.
State Rep. Dan Brady of Bloomington.(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Dec. 1, 2022 at 12:27 AM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - During this time of political division, the Republican who lost his bid for Illinois Secretary of State is joining the transition team of the Democrat who defeated him

State Rep. Dan Brady (R-Bloomington) will chair one of the transition committees for Secretary of State-elect Alexi Giannoulias, and will be a member of a second committee.

Brady will lead the panel on organ and tissue donations, a highly visible function of the Secretary of State’s office under Jesse White, who’s retiring in January.

Brady will also serve on the driver facilities and road safety committee.

“During the campaign, I stressed that the office of Secretary of State should be more about public service than public policy. I have had the unique experience of working with Secretary White on the issues of distracted driving, organ and tissue donation, senior citizen services, and services for individuals with special needs,” Brady said in a prepared statement.

“I am honored that Secretary-elect Giannoulias is rising above party politics by drawing on that experience to make the office the best that it can be,” said Brady.

Secretary of State-elect Alexi Giannoulias with incumbent Jesse White (left) at Peoria Public...
Secretary of State-elect Alexi Giannoulias with incumbent Jesse White (left) at Peoria Public Library.(25 News Now/Heart of Illinois ABC)

“I may be leaving elected office in a few short weeks, but I have always desired to help the people of Illinois in any way that I can. I appreciate this opportunity to use my unique knowledge to help enhance a statewide office that affects the lives of more Illinoisans on a daily basis than any other,” Brady added.

Brady is one of 125 people serving on nine policy committees.

The transition committees start holding virtual meetings this week. A full transition report will be given to Giannoulis in early January, a news release said.

Brady has been a state representative since 2001, rising to the rank of Deputy Minority Leader for House Republicans in 2017. Brady was McLean County Coroner from 1992 to 2000, and he’s a director of Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Funeral Home.