Term: 2014 - 2018
Andy Van Meter (R)
6 Fair Oaks
Springfield, IL 62704
Andy Van Meter was elected to the Sangamon County Board in 1994. Andy showed up late to an organizational meeting in February of 2000 and was elected Chairman of the Sangamon County Board as a consequence. He has been the unanimous choice as chairman since that first selection. As chairman, he does his best to preside over the monthly county board meetings without looking foolish. He also is responsible for making appointments for 30 boards and commissions and serves as an ex officio member of all standing committees of the County Board.
Andy is committed to running an efficient county government under tax caps and is a strong supporter of the Board’s target based budget policy.
The chairmanship and elected County Board representative are not considered to be full-time positions. Andy is president of Design Ideas, a company employing 50 people in Springfield and 25 people over seas, which he started in 1982. Design Ideas is based in Springfield but requires him to travel the globe to develop new household products to manufacture and market. He is a graduate of Springfield High School, Princeton University and Stanford Law School. Andy is a published author of the book “Always My Friend: A History of the State Journal-Register and Springfield.” He is also an Eagle Scout.