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Kenneth G. McMillan (born September 7, 1942) is an American politician and educator.


McMillan served as a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate[1][2] from 1977-83. McMillan ran for U.S. Congress in 1982 on a conservative platform and defeated moderate Republican incumbent Tom Railsback. McMillan however lost in the general election to Democratic Congressman Lane Evans by 6%, McMillan again ran against Evans in 1984 but lost by 14%. In 1988, McMillan then attempted a political comeback by running for an open seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, but was defeated by Democratic candidate Bill Edley in the Republican leaning district.[3]


Born in Macomb, Illinois, McMillan grew up on a farm near Walnut Grove, Illinois (both communities are in McDonough County). He went to Bushnell-Prairie High School. McMillan received his bachelor's degree in agriculture and his master's degree in agricultural economics from University of Illinois. He served as an aide and speechwriter for members of Congress and was involved with agricultural issues. McMillan lived in Bushnell, Illinois.[4] He is currently a professor of political economy and commerce at Monmouth College, a liberal arts college in Monmouth, Illinois.[5]


  1. ^ November lineup for Senate
  2. ^ Mark Brown (November 9, 1988). "State Dems keep hold on House and Senate". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved February 4, 2011. Kenneth G. McMillan (R-Bushnell)
  3. ^ Klemens, Michael D. (January 1989). "Lawmakers' class of '88: one bona fide surprise". Illinois Issues. Springfield, Illinois: Sangamon State University: 19–21. ISSN 0738-9663. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Illinois Blue Book 1981-1982, biographical sketch of Kenneth G. McMillan, p. 162
  5. ^ Monmouth College, Kenneth G. McMillan Faculty Profile. (Accessed: Dec. 1, 2017)