Long-time Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter is retiring, Senate President John J. Cullerton announced Friday.
Trotter, who has served in the Senate since 1993, was lauded by colleagues from both sides of the aisle after the announcement was made.
“Donne Trotter is a unique individual and he will be missed in the Illinois Senate,” Cullerton said in a statement. “I will miss his leadership, his counsel, his wisdom, his calm, his experience, and to top it all, his fantastic sense of fashion.”
Trotter was initially elected to the Illinois House in 1988, and joined the Senate in 1993. Since then he has served on several committes, including the Energy and Public Utilities and Appropriations Committee, and has served as the Assistant Majority Leader.
“While an aisle may have separated us politically, Sen. Donne Trotter and I shared a passion to serve the people of Illinois, and to make our state a better place,” Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady said in a statement. “He will no doubt begin writing another (chapter) that will undoubtedly make a difference in the lives of those he comes into contact with on a daily basis.”