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N. Duane Noland is an American politician and lobbyist who served as a Republican member of the Illinois General Assembly first in the Illinois House of Representatives and later in the Illinois Senate.


Noland was born September 12, 1956 in Blue Mound, Illinois. After graduating from public schools in Blue Mound, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education and Economics.[1][2] Professionally, he has been Vice President of Noland Farms and an agribusiness officer at Illinois National Bank of Springfield for four years.[3]

On April 3, 1990, Noland was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives to succeed Mike Tate who resigned to become executive director of the Illinois Association of Independent Insurance Agents.[3] The district included all or portions of Macon, Christian, Cumberland, Shelby, and Moultrie counties in Central Illinois.[4] While a member of the Illinois House, Noland served as Minority Spokesman for the Agriculture and Conservation Committee, as well as being seated on the following committees: Appropriations-Public Safety Committee, the Insurance Committee, and the Registration and Regulation Committee.[2]

In the 1998 election for Illinois Senate, Noland defeated Democratic incumbent Kevin Kehoe, who had been appointed to replace the late Penny Severns.[5][6] The Senate district he represented, located in Central Illinois, included all or parts of Macon, Christian, Piatt, Champaign, Coles, Cumberland, Moultrie, and Effingham.[7]

He and his wife, Tina Beckett, have two sons and one daughter.[8] As of 2017, Noland is the CEO of the Association of Illinois Electrical Cooperatives.[9][10]


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  3. ^ a b Burtle-McCredie, Patricia (May 1, 1990). "Tenhouse, Noland appointed to House". Illinois Issues. Sangamon State University. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  4. ^ Illinois Blue Book 1991-1992 page 63
  5. ^ Davis, Jennifer, ed. (May 15, 1998). "Decatur Senator Named". Illinois Issues. 24 (5). Sangamon State University. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  6. ^ Simpson, Burney (February 1, 1999). "State of the State: New State Team Moves from Promise-making to Governance". Illinois Issues. Sangamon State University. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Illinois blue book, 1997-1998 page 66
  8. ^ Noland, Duane (October 1, 2010). "Meet N. Duane Noland: former state legislator, farmer and CEO of Association of Illinois Electrical Cooperative" (Interview). Interviewed by Kelly J. Huff. Decatur, Illinois: Herald & Review. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Gertz Husar, Deborah (September 10, 2015). "Member focus drives Adams Electric Cooperative, association CEO says". Herald-Whig. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Lees, Matt (November 17, 2017). "SIC Alumna and State Senator Encourages Students to "Get Involved"". WRUL. Retrieved February 20, 2019.