Chapin Rose was raised in central Illinois, along with his wife, Camille. Rose attended Charleston High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Economics from the University of Illinois. After graduation, Rose attended the University of Illinois College of Law. Before being elected to the legislature, Rose served as a Senior Assistant State’s Attorney in Champaign County where he prosecuted felony crimes.

Prior to becoming a member of the Illinois Senate in 2013, Rose served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2003 until 2013. Rose is currently the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Rose was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the 2012 Edgar Fellows Leadership Program. He has also been cited numerous times by the Illinois Farm Bureau and small business groups for his work in supporting pro-job creation and pro-agriculture policies in Springfield.

Rose and his wife, Camille, live in Mahomet and have four children.


State Senator, State of Illinois
51st District, January 2013-Present

Current Committee Assignments:

  • Minority Spokesperson – Appropriations
  • Member – Appropriations – Education
  • Member – Insurance
  • Member – Judiciary
  • Member – Transportation

State Representative, State of Illinois
110th District, January 2003-January 2013


  • Bowhay Fellowship Award 2003 – Midwestern Legislative Conference
  • Freshman Legislator of the Year – Illinois Health Care Association
  • Legislator of the Year – Illinois Drug Education Alliance (IDEA)
  • Member – House Republican Rural Economic Development Task force
  • Co-Chair – House Republican Methamphetamine Task Force
  • Past By-Laws Committee Chair – Legislative Fire Caucus
  • University of Illinois Fire Services Institute: Graduate of the “Legislator’s Fire Academy” 2003
  • Illinois Farm Bureau Activator “Friend of Agriculture” Award Recipient – Each Term of Office
  • Illinois Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Association: “Legislative Leadership Award” 2005
  • “Illinois Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Persons” Award:  2005
  • Douglas County Regional Prevention Group: “Certificate of Recognition” for Methamphetamine Awareness in Central Illinois: 2006
  • Illinois Reading Council:  “Illinois Legislative Award” 2005 – 2006
  • Illinois Civil Justice League: “Friends of Fairness” Award: 2007
  • Illinois Health Care Association: “Legislator of the Year” Awarded: 2006 & 2007
  • Illinois Dollars for Scholars: “Lincolnland Legends Award” 2006
  • Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts: “Legislator of the Year” Award: 2006
  • Member Special Investigative Committee Regarding the Impeachment of Rod Blagojevich
  • Illinois Council on Long Term Care/ Illinois Health Care Association: “Legislator of the Year” 2007
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce: “Champion of Free Enterprise” Award: 2007 – 2008
  • Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts: “Friend of Conservation” Award: 2009
  • Illinois Bankers Association: “Outstanding Legislator” Award 2009
  • Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts: “Legislator of the Year” Award: 2011
  • Chairman, Legislative Ethics Commission: 2010 – 2012
  • Member, House Redistricting Committee: 2010 – 2011
  • National Federation of Independent Business: “Guardian of Small Business Award” 2011 – 2012
  • Illinois Education Association Region 9: “Friend and Advocate” Award: 2012
  • Inaugural Class of the “Edgar Fellows Program” 2012
  • Illinois Leadership Council  for Agriculture Education’s -Jim Guilinger Legislative Award-2013
  • Friend of Agriculture Award from the Illinois Farm Bureau 2014
  • Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) 2014
  • YMCA Legislative Hero Award 2015
  • Friend of Agriculture Award 2016
  • Guardian of Small Business Award 2016
  • Conservative Achievement Award from The American Conservative Union 2016
  • John W. Maitland Jr. Biotechnology Leadership Award from the Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO) 2017
  • Friend of Agriculture Award (2018)
  • Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce (2018)


Adjunct Faculty, Eastern Illinois University – Department of Political Science – Fall 2004

Champaign County State’s Attorney, Urbana, IL
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, December 2001 – January 2003

  • Accelerated Disposition Program
  •  Felony Case Load

Assistant State’s Attorney, November 2000 – December 2001

  • Child Support Enforcement Alliance, October 2001 – December 2001
  • Traffic Division, November 2000 – October 2001
  • DUI Prosecution and trial experience


University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, IL Juris Doctor, May 2000

  • Moot Court Board
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Client Counseling Competition Winner
  • President, Irish Law Students Association

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL Bachelor of Science, August 1997
Major in political science with concentration in economics

  • Senior 100 – Top 100 graduating seniors at the University of Illinois based on academics, campus and community involvement
  • Student Trustee – 1994, 1995 academic years
  • Phi Delta Theta Social Fraternity
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Illinois Student Government, Member 1993-1996
  • Governmental Affairs Committee Member


  • Attends First Christian Church, Champaign, Illinois
  • Illinois Prosecutor’s Bar Association, Past Member
  • Champaign County Republican Central Committee, Treasurer 2000-02
  • University of Illinois Alumni Association, Life Member
  • University of Illinois, LAS Recent Graduate Award 2003
Chapin Rose

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