Terry Lee Bruce (born March 25, 1944) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Terry Lee Bruce
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th district
In office
January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byDan Crane
Succeeded byGlenn Poshard
Personal details
Born (1944-03-25) March 25, 1944 (age 75)
Olney, Illinois, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Charlotte Bruce
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois Law School
State Senator
U.S. Congressman
College President

Early lifeEdit

Born in Olney, Illinois, Bruce graduated from East Richland High School in Olney in 1962, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1966, and from the University of Illinois Law School in Urbana in 1969.[citation needed]

He was admitted to the bar in 1969. When he announced his candidacy for the Illinois Senate in November 1969, he was occupied as an attorney in Olney, Illinois.[1]


Bruce's initial election to the Illinois Senate representing the 55th District in 1971 was in part made possible by the retirement of the incumbent, Paul W. Broyles.[1] In 1972, the incumbent Bruce faced a challenge from Henry Hendren for representation of the 54th district.[2]

Bruce served as member of the Illinois Senate from 1971–84, and assistant majority leader from 1975-84. In 1981, Bruce was among those who opposed an "eleventh-hour action", ultimately accepted, to increase Illinois General Assembly compensation.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the 96th Congress in 1978.[citation needed]

Defeating Dan Crane who was implicated in a sex scandal, Bruce was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses and served as United States Representative for the nineteenth district of Illinois from January 3, 1985 – January 3, 1993. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1992 to the 103rd Congress.[citation needed]

Bruce is the chief executive officer of Illinois Eastern Community Colleges (IECC) with colleges in Olney, Fairfield, Robinson, and Mt. Carmel. Governor Pat Quinn has appointed Terry L. Bruce, a former president of the ICCB, to the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB)in September 2012. He replaces former ICCB member Dianne Meeks. His term expires on June 30, 2013.[4] He served as vice president of federal regulations for a regional telephone company.[citation needed]

Family lifeEdit

A resident of Olney, Illinois, Bruce is married to Charlotte and they have two daughters, Emily and Ellen.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Olney Attorney Announces for State Senate". Mt. Vernon Register-News. L (45). November 20, 1969. p. 1. Retrieved August 16, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  
  2. ^ "Hendron, Bruce Win State Senate Races". Mt. Vernon Register-News. March 22, 1972. Retrieved 2015-08-16 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Pay Increases OK'd". The Pantagraph. January 15, 1981. Retrieved August 16, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "Terry L. Bruce" (PDF). The Illinois Community College Board. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Terry L. Bruce". Illinois Community College Board. Retrieved February 12, 2014.

External linksEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Dan Crane
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district

Succeeded by
Glenn Poshard