Terri Bryant was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in November 2014, preceding the seat held by U.S. Congressman Mike Bost. Representative Bryant represents the 115th District which encompasses all or parts of the following counties: Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Union, and Washington. Including but not limited to the communities of Anna, Ashley, Carbondale, Cobden, De Soto, Du Quoin, Mt. Vernon, Murphysboro, Nashville, Pinckneyville, and Vergennes.
Representative Bryant’s commitment to public service began in 1994 at the Illinois Department of Corrections. She began her career at an entry level and rose to the rank of Public Service Administrator at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center and the DuQuoin Impact Incarceration Program. In addition to her normal duties over the Dietary Department, Bryant served as a member of the Illinois Department of Corrections Religious Practices Advisory Board, and as an internal as well as an external auditor. Bryant retired from the Department of Corrections in 2014 after 20 years of service.
Terri Bryant also has experience in the private sector first through farming with her husband (Rick) and then later as a successful small business owner when Terri along with Rick and her grandparents built the Bluebell Restaurant in Murphysboro. A successful restaurant frequented by many in the southern Illinois region.
Representative Bryant’s political experience includes serving as a Precinct Committee Woman since 2006. Vice President of the Jackson County Republican Women’s Club, and previously served as Second Vice Chair of the Jackson County Republican Central Committee. She was a delegate to the Illinois Republican Conventions in 2008 and again in 2012. At the 2008 Illinois Republican Convention Terri was selected as a Presidential Elector, and at the 2012 Convention she served on the committee to appoint at large delegates to the National Convention.
In 2009, Terri was accepted as a Fellow and then graduated from the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series. She was appointed to the Board of Governors for that organization in 2010 and was elected President in 2011. She has been a leader in helping to develop better communications between coalitions and the Illinois Republican Party, serving first as the Chair of Woman’s Coalitions and then later as the Coordinator of Coalitions for the Illinois GOP.
Terri Bryant resides in Murphysboro with her husband Rick and have been married since 1981. They have one son Tyler and one daughter Tara and son-in law Clint Chamness. Terri and Rick are also the proud grandparents of two granddaughters.