Illinois State Representative 111th District

Dan Beiser

Meet Dan

Born and raised in Alton, Dan Beiser graduated from Alton Marquette Catholic High School in 1974. In 1978, Dan graduated with degrees in Communications and Recreation & Parks Management from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIU-E) and in the same year married Terri Beiser. Dan began teaching at the Educational Therapy Center in 1981 under the auspices of the Madison County Regional Superintendent of Schools. Dan returned to SIU-E in 1986 to earn a graduate degree in Special Education. 

Dan was elected to the Alton City Council in 1987, where his focus was on improving city services. In 1989, the people of Alton chose Dan to serve as their City Treasurer. Dan went on to be re-elected for three additional terms and was elected by his peers to serve as President of the Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association. 

While Treasurer, Dan continued to focus on improving services while rooting out and eliminating unnecessary costs. Through modernizing office operations, he was able to reduce the number of staff by 40% - mostly through attrition. The increased efficiency enabled Dan to take over business licensing for Alton without hiring additional staff or using additional resources. During his time as city treasurer, In Dan’s 10 years in office, he achieved $5.6 million in savings for Alton taxpayers. 

The commitment Dan has to community services extends beyond his elected office. He served on the Riverbend Growth Association Board, the Greater Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau Board and as Finance Chairman for the Catholic Charities Children’s Home Advisory Board. 

Dan is a former President of the Alton Marquette High School Board, former President of the Catholic Charities Advisory Board, and is a past volunteer for the March of Dimes, St. Anthony’s Hospice and the St. Ambrose Grade School Basketball program. 

In his time as the Representative of the 111th District, Dan has addressed significant issues facing the Metro-east, including the medical malpractice insurance system; job creation; education funding; workers’ compensation reforms; the fight against methamphetamine and sex offenders; and protection of Social Security.   Dan has taken a leading role in the fight to provide financial relief for local residents in light of increased electric rates and will continue pushing for a rate freeze that puts rates back at their previously lower level.  Dan also sponsored a non-partisan conceal carry bill that went before Governor Quinn. 

Dan continues to use his expertise in public finance and administration to push for a balanced budget that protected vital services without burdensome sales or income tax increases. 

The Illinois 111th District stretches along the Mississippi River from Granite City to Elsah and also includes all or part of Alton, Bethalto, Cottage Hills, East Alton, Godfrey, Hartford, Holiday Shores, Meadowbrook, Mitchell, Moro, Pontoon Beach, Roxana, Rosewood Heights, South Roxana, Wood River.