Senator Pamela J. Althoff has served as a member of the Illinois State Senate since March 2003. She has championed legislation to increase open space, expand the agricultural industry and promote improved statewide economic growth. She is a proponent of improving the business/job climate of Illinois, obtaining equitable education funding reform, tax reforms and senior health issues.
In the Senate, she serves as the Senate Republican Caucus Chair as a part of the Senate Republican Leadership. Senator Althoff is the Minority Spokeswoman for the Revenue and Licensed Activities & Pensions Committees and also serves on the Executive Appointments, Labor, Transportation, and Telecommunications & Info Technology Committees.
Additionally, Senator Althoff currently serves on the Human Trafficking Task Force, the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration Task Force, and serves as Co-Chair of the Historic Preservation Caucus.
Senator Althoff has been extremely involved in her community. She currently serves on the Executive Board at United Way of McHenry County and Journeycare (Formerly Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Illinois). Past organizations she has been involved with include the MCC Foundation Board, the Community Development Block Grant Board, the McHenry Council of Governments, McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fox Waterway Agency, League of Women Voters and more.
Prior to coming to the Senate, Pamela Althoff was the McHenry City Mayor from 2001 to 2003. Other positions she has held in her career include a Special Education teacher, an Assistant Administrator with the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce, a Sales and Marketing Representative, and the McHenry City Clerk and Collector.
She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Illinois State University in 1975, and her Master's Degree in Education from Northeastern Illinois University in 1978.