BELLEVILLE, Ill. – In recognition of his strong support for firefighters and their causes, state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, was honored this weekend by Belleville Firefighters IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) Local 53.

“The members of Local 53 are there for our community each and every day,” Hoffman said. “I’ve always valued the feedback and engagement from Local 53 on issues facing first responders and community safety. Their expertise and feedback have been essential in policymaking in Springfield, and it’s critical that lawmakers continue to have their back. I am grateful for this incredible honor, and look forward to many more years together advocating for our area firefighters.”

At the Belleville Chili Cook-off Friday, Hoffman was presented with an axe recognizing him as an honorary member of the local. A longtime proponent of first responders and labor rights, Hoffman helped pass a budget that supports training and equipment upgrades for departments across the state. Hoffman also was a lead proponent of the Worker’s Rights Amendment, and continues to be a strong supporter of legislative initiatives pushed by firefighters.

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Rep. Jay HoffmanRep. Jay Hoffman

Assistant Majority Leader (D-Belleville) 113th District

Springfield Office:
300 State House
Springfield, IL 62706

District Office:
312 S. High St.
Belleville, IL 62220
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