State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) was appointed to fill a vacancy in the 68th District and sworn into office in August of 2012. He was then elected to that seat in November of 2012. The 68 th District includes all or parts of Rockford, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Loves Park, and Cherry Valley.
Originally from Texas, John and his family moved to Machesney Park when he was a young child. He is a graduate of Harlem High School in Machesney Park. He was also a member of the acclaimed Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.
John began serving his community after graduation from the police academy; by becoming a police officer for South Beloit. He later worked for the Rockford Police Department and in a short period of time he became a detective. John has served almost 20 years as a police officer and is currently on a leave of absence from the Rockford Police Department.
John previously was elected and served as a Harlem Township Trustee, a Winnebago County Board member for District 8 and currently he is an executive with Stewart & Associates, a security and investigations firm.
Since August of 2012 John has rapidly advanced in the leadership in the Illinois House. Some have called John one of the fastest rising stars in the Illinois Republican party in decades. In July of 2014 Leader Jim Durkin appointed John to the Board of Directors of the House Republican Organization (HRO). In July of 2015, John assumed the role of Chairman of the Board for the House Republican Organization.
In January of 2015 John was appointed to the role of Republican Spokesperson of two of the largest and most influential committees in the Illinois House. Rep. Cabello currently serves on seven committees that include Appropriations-Public Safety (Republican Spokesperson), Judiciary – Criminal (Republican Spokesperson), Labor & Commerce Committee, Public Utilities, Intermodal Infrastructure, Tollway Oversight, Workforce Reconciliation Subcommittee.
In addition John serves, and has served, on the board of two national Republican organizations, Future Majority Project (Current Board Member) and GO-PAC (Board Member in 2013).