Senger announces bid for Congress in 11th District

AURORA – In announcing her bid for Congress, State Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville, on Monday said she hopes to bring opportunity back to Illinois.

“All we are asking out of Washington is to give us a fair shake to succeed,” said Senger, who is running in the 11th District, a seat now held by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville. “We can work together to bring opportunity back to Illinois.”

Senger faces possible challengers in the March 18 primary election from conservative talk show host Ian Bayne of Aurora and Grundy County Board member Chris Balkema.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, was on hand for her announcement.

“She has done a good job in the legislature,” Oberweis said. “She has good common sense.”

The 11th District includes North Aurora, Aurora, Naperville, Lisle and Joliet. Foster has held the seat since October after defeating former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert. From 2008 to 2011, Foster represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Foster was defeated November 2010 by then-state Sen. Randy Hultgren, a Republican from Winfield.

Senger has been a state representative since 2009. Before that, she was on the Naperville City Council from 2002 to 2008, and made her announcement in front of the Naperville Municipal Center.

After Senger’s announcement, Foster’s campaign staff released a statement.

“Congressman Foster is focused on the job he was elected to do – serving the people of the 11th District,” the statement said. “Throughout his term, Congressman Foster will continue to focus on creating jobs and opportunity for the people of the 11th District and passing common-sense immigration reform that secures our borders, improves our current immigration system and provides a path to citizenship for immigrants who are willing to work hard and play by the rules.”