Carol Sente is a business woman with experience putting people to work and managing budgets. With a career spanning a wide range of industries including architecture, management consulting, advertising and hospitality, she understands how to grow the economy and the pressures of the small business owner. Her experience creating a great workplace, empowering employees to succeed, balancing budgets, and exceling in a competitive environment all help her to bring real value to her role as Chairperson of the Business Growth & Incentives Committee and the bi-partisan Small Business Owners Caucus she founded. A fiscal conservative, social moderate, Sente has stood against tax increases and used her experiences in business to make state spending more efficient and effective. She helped usher in landmark budget reform that requires the state to set a revenue ceiling, develop ground up budgets, make their full pension payment, assemble responsible, performance-based spending plans in bi-partisan committees, and reduce waste, fraud, and inefficient programs.
Born and raised in the northern suburbs, Sente knows that we have some of the best schools in country. She proudly serves as an active member of the House Elementary & Secondary Education: Curriculum & Policies Committee to help ensure schools have the funding they need to provide every student with a world-class education. Prior to becoming State Representative, Sente volunteered to help students who lost a parent afford a college education, and was a counselor for eight years at a children's Burn Camp.
As the former owner of an architectural firm focused on designing environmentally friendly buildings and Vice President of the Vernon Hills Park District, Sente has a passion for protecting the environment through an increase in green energy sources, recycling and reuse. She understands that green technology can not only help preserve the environment, but can save money and put people back to work. Our state's open prairies present a great opportunity for Illinois to continue to be a leader in green energy.
Carol serves as a mentor to numerous individuals and works actively with her local high schools to grow young leaders. She speaks to teens about leadership and preparing females to take on executive roles; she is a champion for youth safety and expanding the voting rights of young adults.
Carol Sente is a first generation American; her parents immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe to seek a better life following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and devastation of World War II. They instilled in her a sense of civic duty and responsibility. She lives in Vernon Hills and is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Sente was appointed State Representative in 2009 to complete the remainder of the unexpired term of former State Representative Kathy Ryg and was elected to her first full term in 2010.