Sen. Mike HalpinMike Halpin is the State Senator for the 36th District. The 36th District includes most of Rock Island County, parts of Mercer, Henry, Knox, McDonough and Warren Counties.

Congressman Lane Evans hired Halpin in early 2002 as his district scheduler and personal aide. Halpin traveled with Lane throughout the district, working with local elected officials and constituents to arrange town hall meetings and other events. Halpin also served as Lane’s liaison with the National Personnel Records Center, helping local veterans receive the military honors they had earned during their service.

It was during his time in Lane’s office that Mike met his wife, MaryAnn, at an East Moline Democrat Club meeting. The two married in 2005. Shortly after their wedding, they both enrolled in the University of Illinois, MaryAnn earning her Master’s degree and Mike following in Lane’s footsteps and earning a law degree, graduating cum laude. Upon graduation, he clerked for former Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, Rita B. Garman, in Danville, Illinois.

Halpin is an attorney by trade, practicing law at the Rock Island firm of McCarthy, Callas, & Feeney, P.C. In 2013, after only three years at the firm, he became a partner. His primary areas of practice are Labor Law and Municipal Law, as well as representing working people in their estate planning, traffic, and real estate matters. Halpin also serves on the Board of Directors for Bridging the Gap: Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, and provides free consultations, and some pro bono representation, for veterans in need.

Halpin previously served as a State Representative in the 72nd District, passing meaningful legislation like House Bill 822, which provides that schools may maintain a supply of undesignated glucagon to save a child’s life, and voting for balanced budgets every year he has been in office. Halpin looks forward to serving a larger portion Western Illinois in the State Senate.