Bobby Schilling will be the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 17th congressional district when taking office on Jan. 5, 2011 after being sworn into the 112th Congress. Schilling is one of 85 incoming freshman Republicans to the House of Representatives with the Democrats adding just nine to the 94 total incoming freshman congressional class. Schilling, a pizzeria owner from Moline, IL, has been married to his wife Christie for 24 years and the couple has 10 children. Schilling’s election victory was a major upset in November when he overturned decades of Democratic rule in the Illinois 17th District.
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