Retired Stephenson County Sheriff’s Sergeant and Freeport Businessman Brian Stewart (R, Freeport) is the Illinois State Senator for the 45th Illinois Senate District. Stewart, a fifth-generation native of Northwest Illinois, attended Freeport High School, is an Army veteran, serving as a Military Police Officer and Military Police Investigator. Upon completion of his military service, Stewart returned to Freeport to serve as a Stephenson County Sheriff’s Deputy, rising to the rank of sergeant. During this time, he was assigned to a major case squad, which overlapped the nine northwestern-most counties in Illinois - an area encompassing almost the entire 45th Illinois Senate District.
With a profound desire to provide for his young family, Stewart started a small business at his dining room table. His knack for business enabled him to retire early from law enforcement to grow his company full time. Today, Stewart & Associates employs almost 500 people throughout two dozen businesses units across America. Most of these businesses are located in Northern Illinois centered in his hometown of Freeport.
As our State Senator, his primary focus is putting Illinois in a regulatory and financial position to create quality paying jobs for working families especially in agriculture and manufacturing. Senator Stewart believes creating quality middle-class jobs will reinvigorate Illinois’ ailing economy, and increase state revenue without raising our taxes. Senator Stewart has also zeroed in on the pension crisis as the top issue driving the state’s budget woes and has committed to working in a bipartisan manner to resolve the issue. In addition to his professional career, Stewart has served as a Freeport Alderman and Freeport Township Trustee. He’s also served as Chairman and Board Member of the Northwest Illinois Criminal Justice Commission, Stephenson County ETSB (911) Board, Freeport Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Illinois Development Alliance.
Brian spent most of his formative years in public housing. His humble upbringing served as the primary motivation to leave public housing and make something of himself. In addition, he’s the former Chairman of the United Way of Northwest Illinois, FHN Foundation Be Cancer Free Campaign and was the Charter President of the Stephenson County Employees – UAW Local 2261. He is a current member of the Freeport Rotary, AMVETS Post 32 and the Stephenson County Farm Bureau.
Senator Brian Stewart is a lifelong Republican because, as his personal story proves, anyone can achieve the American dream. Humble beginnings do not preclude success. Senator Stewart wants Illinois to be a state where hard work, dedication, and integrity can earn anyone their own version of the American Dream.