Bradley J. Fritts is running for his second term as the State Representative for Illinois House District 74. In 2022, Brad became the youngest legislator ever elected to the Illinois General Assembly at only 22 years old.
In his first year, he passed four bipartisan bills through the Illinois House of Representatives. His legislation lowered property taxes, protected farmland, supported K9 police dogs, and removed redundant fees for young motorcycle applicants.
“I’m running for re-election because growing up in rural Illinois I always heard the same phrase repeated to me. Adults telling me to ‘grow up, get an education, and get out of Illinois’.
Well, as a fourth-generation family farmer, throwing in the towel and walking away isn’t in my blood. I love the state of Illinois and the incredible community we have built in District 74.
Instead, I chose to stay here, roll up my sleeves, and get to work.”
Brad was born and raised in Dixon. He graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School in Sterling in 2018 and went on to attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Brad graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Consumer Economics in May of 2021.
He is an active member of St. Patrick’s Church in Dixon and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also volunteers with Meals on Wheels and Buddy bags.
When Brad is not legislating in Springfield or engaging with his local community, he can be found working on his fourth-generation family farm, or at home with his black lab, Lily.