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Senator Antonio Munoz Bio

State Senator Antonio "Tony" Muñoz has served the 1st Senate District since January 1999.  After serving in the Senate for 10 years, Muñoz was appointed to the position of Assistant Majority Leader by Senate President John Cullerton.

As a retired Chicago police officer, Senator Munoz saw first hand that crime and gang activity was tearing apart his community.  His legislative priorities have always been crime prevention and ensuring that weapons stay off the streets and out of neighborhoods.

Since the expiration of the federal assault weapons ban in September of 2004, Senator Muñoz has worked tirelessly to ensure that Illinois enacts its own assault weapons ban, including specific weapons like rifles, pistols and shotguns, as well as .50 caliber rifles.  Continuing this battle, Munoz has worked to ban large capacity ammunition feeding devices including detachable magazines, feed strips and similar devices that can readily accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

In addition, Senator Munoz has maintained his fight for veterans throughout the State of Illinois.  As a veteran himself, he knows how the strain of combat can affect soldiers. He has championed counseling programs through the Department of Veterans Affairs that help soldiers recover from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Senator Munoz has also worked over the last ten years to help Illinois State agencies develop a Hispanic Employment Plan providing strategies and implementing programs to increase the number of Hispanics and bilingual persons employed by the State of Illinois.
Muñoz is co-founder of the Latino Caucus, which consists of the four Latino legislators in the Senate and ten Latino members of the House of Representatives. The Caucus is dedicated to bettering the lives of Latinos by working to develop and pass legislation that will have a positive impact the lives of the nearly 1.4 million Latinos living in the State of Illinois.

During the 96th General Assembly Senator Munoz has served as Chairman of the Executive Appointments Committee, and as a member of the Executive, Insurance, Energy, and the Telecommunications and Information Technology Committees.

The 1st District includes parts of Bridgeport, Brighton Park, Gage Park, Lawndale, Little Village, the Lower West Side, McKinley Park, New City, and Pilsen.  Muñoz lives in McKinley Park with his wife, Patricia.

State Senator Antonio "Tony" Muñoz, D-Chicago, has served the 1st Senate District since January 1999 and was recently appointed to the position of Majority Caucus Chairman by Senate President John Cullerton.

During the 97th General Assembly Senator Munoz has served as Chairman of the Executive Appointments Committee, and is a member of the Energy; Executive, Gaming and Insurance Committees.

Senator Munoz’s legislative priorities have always been crime prevention and ensuring that illegally obtained weapons stay off the streets and out of neighborhoods.  In addition, he continues to fight to reinstate the assault weapons ban which reached its sunset date in 2004.

In addition, Senator Munoz has maintained his fight for Veterans throughout the State of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1>Illinois.  As a veteran himself, he knows how important it is thatIllinois continues its commitment to educating and caring for those who have sacrificed for our freedoms and rights.

Muñoz is co-founder of the Latino Caucus, which consists of the four Latino legislators in the Senate and ten Latino members of the House of Representatives. The Caucus is dedicated to bettering the lives of Latinos, working to develop and pass legislation that will have a positive impact the lives of the nearly 1.4 million Latinos living in the State of Illinois.

The 1st District includes parts of Bridgeport, BrightonPark, GagePark, Lawndale, Little Village, the Lower West Side, McKinleyPark, New City, and Pilsen.  Muñoz lives in McKinleyPark with his wife, Patricia.

Sen. Antonio Munoz


1st District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1999 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Executive; Executive Appointments (Chairperson); Insurance; Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Born Feb. 18, 1964, in Chicago; served in U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division; City of Chicago-Mayor's License Commission, Local Liquor Control Section (1990); Dept. of Aviation; Mayor's Office of Budget & Management; member of Fraternal Order of Police; married (wife, Patricia), has three children.