Government and Media: How my career in journalism impacts my role as a legislator

Rep. Sara Wojcicki Jimenez discussed media relations and the government at an AWC lunch program on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.
Rep. Jimenez spent nearly a decade in TV news journalism covering a wide variety of issues and topics. She concluded her career in journalism as the Statehouse Reporter for News Channel 20 in Springfield, covering issues ranging from the sentencing trial for former Governor Ryan, budget showdowns at the Capitol, and virtually every issue in between. Those experiences helped shape her time as a state employee working for the State Treasurer, Comptroller, House Republican Leader, and the First Lady of Illinois, before ultimately being appointed State Representative in 2015 and being elected to a full term in 2016.

About the speaker:

A graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and the University of Illinois at Springfield, Jimenez worked as a reporter for KHQA in Quincy and WICS in Springfield before taking a position as deputy director of communications for the Illinois State Treasurer’s office. She worked as press secretary for the Illinois House Republican caucus and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Program Communications for the Illinois state comptroller’s office. Jimenez most recently worked as chief of staff to Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner. She was elected to a term on the Springfield Park District Board in 2011 and was an advocate for parks and recreation opportunities in Springfield while navigating tough economic times. She and her husband live in Leland Grove with their twin sons.

Years served: November 2015 – Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture & Conservation; Appropriations-Higher Education; State Government Administration; Mental Health; Museums, Arts, & Cultural Enhanceme; Childhood and Young Adult Onset Sub.