Cook County, Barrington Township Democratic Committeeman (2008-)
Bob Steffen's father, Fred, was the long-time Chair of the Kane County Democratic Party. Following a good traditional political path, after Bob earned his law degree he became a deputy state's attorney in Kane County sending bad guys to jail. But in 2000, when the State's Attorney office became an open seat, Bob Steffen was slated by Democrats, while meanwhile a host of Republican candidates battled it out in the primary. Helped by his dad's political organization, Bob managed to force the GOP nominee, Meg Gorecki to a close race, but ultimately lost.
Barely losing steam, Bob ran for office again, this time against GOP heavyweight, State Senator Steven Rauschenberger, but also lost that contest.
Now a resident of Cook County, Bob Steffen was elected in an unopposed race for Barrington Township Democratic Committeeman in 2014 after years of contested races for the slot.
Steffen's wife Ketki Shroff Steffen is a Cook County Circuit Court judge and he maintains a law practice in Elgin.
Important Political Events
- 2000, Defeated for Kane County State's Attorney by Republican Meg Gorecki
- 2002, Defeated for State Senate by Steven Rauschenberger
- 2014, Elected Barrington Township Democratic Committeeman unopposed, replacing Bill Powers
- 2015, Appointed to Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board