buckner-headshotJanet P. Buckner is beginning her second term representing House District 40 in southern Aurora. She is vice chairwoman of the Education Committee and sits on the Health, Insurance & Environment Committee.

The 2016 session was Rep. Buckner’s first. She hit the ground running with a bill to ensure that companies that contract with the state guarantee that their employees receive equal pay for equal work, then followed with a measure to allow parents to take unpaid time off from work to attend their children’s parent-teacher conferences and other academic events.

The two bills were deemed so central to the Democratic agenda that Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst made them the first bills formally introduced in the session. Both bills were killed by Senate Republicans.

Rep. Buckner was appointed in June 2015 to serve the remainder of the term of her husband John, who died during his second term.

The new Rep. Buckner retired in 2007 after more than three decades in medical sales, training doctors and other hospital personnel as well as other sales representatives. Early in her career she worked for several years as a speech and language therapist.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.

Rep. Buckner has lived in Aurora since 1975. She has twin daughters, Joy and Jennifer, and a son, Jay, and has three granddaughters. In her spare time she likes to garden.