House Pays Tribute to Former State Rep. Tom Berns

Members of the House of Representatives paid tribute on Tuesday to former State Representative Tom Berns, who passed away on February 19 of this year.

Berns was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2000 to fulfill the unexpired term of former State Rep. Tim Johnson. Rep. Berns was then elected to the seat for the 104th Legislative House District for one full term. During his time in the Illinois House, Rep. Berns sponsored or co-sponsored 64 House Bills, 20 Senate Bills and 27 Resolutions.

“Tom Berns was a statesman in every sense of the word,” said State Representative Chad Hays, who brought forward House Resolution 888, which honored Berns’ life. “He was widely respected in Springfield and at home. In addition to the time he served representing the people of the 104th District in Springfield, Tom Berns was an active community volunteer.”

Rep. Berns was born on April 8, 1945 to Henry E. and Phyllis R. (Berglin) Berns and was raised in the Illinois communities of Atlanta and Plano. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering. He married his high school sweetheart Jeannie Galvin in 1965, and the two enjoyed 52 years of marriage. Rep. Berns worked as an engineer and ultimately went into business with his friend and colleague Ed Clancy, and together they created Berns, Clancy and Associates, which is regarded as one of the premier engineering firms in East Central Illinois.

Rep. Berns was 72 at the time of his death. Click here to read the honorary resolution.

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