Representative Joe Sosnowski grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois where his father worked as a carpenter and his mother raised four children. Joe attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and after graduation, Joe was elected as a City of DeKalb Alderman. While in DeKalb, Joe worked as a property manager for student apartments.

Joe’s wife Roxanne was born in Belvidere, Illinois and attended local schools graduating from Northern Illinois University College of Law in May 2004. Roxanne is now an owner/partner of a primarily municipal and government lawfirm named Sosnowski-Szeto.

Joe and Roxanne moved to Rockford in 2004 and quickly became involved in local issues. Joe ran for City of Rockford First Ward Alderman and was elected in the spring of 2005 and re-elected in 2009. In 2010, he successfully ran for State Representative in the 69th Legislative District.

He currently serves on the following House committees: Elementary Secondary Education: Administration, Licensing & Charter, Revenue & Finance, State Government Administration, and Cities & Villages.

He holds a State of Illinois Real Estate License and is an independent fundraising consultant. Joe is a member of Stateline Church in Rockford, member emeritas of the NIU Alumni Association, and member of the NIU Legislative Caucus.

Joe and Roxanne have three wonderful children (Aidan, Roman, and Ellie).