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John R. Sheehy (July 30, 1947) was a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives for a single term from 1993 to 1995. He represented the 37th district, which was located in Chicago's south suburbs.[1] Born in Chicago, Illinois. Sheehy attended Moraine Valley Community College and graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. After graduating from Worsham, he opened Sheehy and Sons Funeral Home. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War.[1][2] In 1992, Sheehy faced Carl James Vandenberg, who defeated fellow Republican and appointed incumbent Manny Hoffman of Homewood.[2] Sheehy won the Republican leaning district by 239 votes.[3] While a member of the Illinois House, he served on the following committees; Aging; Appropriations-Human Services; Elections & State Government; Elementary & Secondary Education; Registration & Regulation.[1] He was defeated for reelection by Ed Zabrocki, the Mayor of Tinley Park, Illinois, by 539 votes.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Illinois Blue Book 1993-1994. Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Secretary of State. 1994. p. 84. ASIN B000FM19AI. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tijerina, Edmond S. (February 27, 1992). "House District 37 Has No Candidate Shortage". Chicago, Illinois. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  3. Wheeler III, Charles N. (October 1994). "'Home field' for GOP". Springfield, Illinois: Sangamon State University. pp. 25–26. 
  4. Wheeler III, Charles N. (September 1995). "A freshman lawmaker sends an early warning signal". Springfield, Illinois: Sangamon State University. pp. 6–7. 
Preceded by
Manny Hoffman
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 37th district
January 1993 – January 1995
Succeeded by
Ed Zabrocki

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