State Senator William “Bill” Haine (D-Alton) was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Alton, where he continues to live with his wife, Anna. They have seven children and 31 grandchildren. After serving 14 years as Madison County state’s attorney, he was elected to the State Senate in 2002 and first won re-election in 2004.
Haine is a graduate of Saint Louis University. From 1967 to 1969, he served his country in the Vietnam War. After his Army service, Sen. Haine received his juris doctorate degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law.
Senator Haine has been a champion of issues for working-class families throughout the Metro East, working to bring jobs to his district. For instance, when U.S. Steel in Granite City announce it was going to close its plant, thereby eliminating over 2,000 jobs, Haine quickly rallied the Illinois Senate to formally demand the President of the United States and Congress review the national tariff policy on steel goods.
This is one example of Haine’s strong commitment to protecting working, middle-class families, not only in the communities he represents across the Metro East, but throughout the state.
As the chairman of the Senate Insurance Committee, Haine remains an authority on the insurance industry and used his expertise in the area to protect the needs and rights of consumers while maintaining the proper balance in state law.
Haine continues to be a trailblazer in addressing statewide issues of insurance and criminal law while keeping a close watch on the local communities he represents. Senator Haine has shown a deep commitment to pushing the state forward and stimulating growth within the Metro East.
Senator Haine led the way in a bipartisan effort to bring the levee construction project to the Metro East. These levees protect 156,000 residents and 4,000 area businesses. The project has saved millions in insurance claims and continues to protect the area from disasters such as the floods that occured in January 2016.
Haine is a member of many civic organizations, including the Alton Cemetery Board of Trustees, the Knights of Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also is a past commander of American Legion Post 204.