Daniel M. Swanson         

         Lieutenant Colonel (US Army-Retired) Daniel M. Swanson was born on July 30, 1959, in Woodhull, IL.  He graduated from AlWood (Alpha and Woodhull) Community Schools in May 1977 and Western Illinois University in August 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Board of Governors.

           He enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard on August 11, 1977 as a 63B Generator and Wheel Vehicle Mechanic.  He was selected on March 1, 1980 to serve on an active duty tour with the Illinois Army National Guard.  He attended Officer Candidate School at the Illinois Military Academy and commissioned a Second Lieutenant on June 14, 1986.  He served in many military duty positions, to include Petroleum Platoon Leader; Commander, A Battery, 202d Air Defense Artillery Galesburg, IL and culminated as Commander, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Milan, IL.   He retired January 31, 2001 after 20 years Active Duty and over 3 years as a Traditional Guardsman.

            After watching the soldiers he trained through his military career go to war, he volunteered and was recalled to active duty on July 1, 2007, to serve with the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq; Coalition Army Advisory Training Team, Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned as Deputy Director, Iraqi Army Force Generation.   During his one-year tour, he coordinated and synchronized the recruiting, training, equipping and basing Iraqi Army units with Coalition and Iraqi General Officer Leadership.  Dan assisted the Iraq Army and coalition advisors develop their first Army budget, in-line with the Prime Ministers vision for Iraqi security.  The budget was over $1.4B.  LTC Swanson mediated talks between Iraqi Army Leadership and Kurdish Peshmerga Army, which led to former and new recruits joining Iraq Army security forces. He completed his tour June 25, 2008 and returned to retirement July 14, 2008.  Dan earned the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

            On April 3, 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Swanson was recalled to Active Duty to serve with the Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island Arsenal. He was assigned as Chief, Logistics Synchronization and Integration Cell for the Lead Materiel Integration Mission. He led a team of soldiers and civilians, which transitioned the mission to equip the Army from the Pentagon to the Army Sustainment Command at a cost savings.  He returned again to retirement on April 4, 2013.

            He currently serves as Superintendent, Henry County Veterans Assistance Commission providing financial aid and transportation services to Iowa City, Iowa Veterans Hospital for Henry County Veterans.  From December 1 2013, to November 30, 2014, 16 volunteer drivers drove over 47,000 miles, made 219 trips to Iowa City VA Center and transported 667 veterans for medical care.  He also provided financial assistance to veterans to assist paying utility, rent and purchase food.  He recently assisted Harvey Brinton, an area WWII veteran receive his High School Diploma 70 years after his regular graduating class.   Dan is dedicated to serving veterans and serves on the Executive Board for the newly formed non-profit organization; Sundance for Our Soldiers (SOS).  The organization provides equine assisted services to veterans and dependents.

            Dan's community service includes over 17 years on the AlWood Board of Education and two years on the Henry County Board.  He continues to support AlWood schools athletic, academic and other programs through his attendance or donations.  He served two years on the Henry County Board, but was required to resign when called back to Active Duty.  He serves on Henry County's Planning Committee.

           He is still actively engage with the 5th generation Swanson family farming operation with his dad, Ron; brother, Steve; son Matthew and nephew Josh near Andover, Illinois.  They raise corn, beans, oats, wheat and hay crops and also includes a cow/calf operation, cattle feedlot and swine. 

            On September 25, 2015, Dan announced his candidacy for Illinois State Representative, 74th District.  Through his 27 years of military service, Dan has sworn to “uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic” and he takes his oath with seriousness and conviction.  Dan is an advocate for veterans and soldiers serving today.  He is frustrated with the “system” when veterans visit his office not knowing their earned health benefits or other services available to them.  As the Army and National Guard begin force redesign, Dan stresses the importance of maintaining a National Guard presence within the State and local communities.  

           As Dan says, “he has already completed his career as a soldier and is not looking to add an additional career to his resume`”.  He supports term limits and has imposed a 3 terms or 6 year limit on his tenure in office.  His priorities include; veteran education and benefits awareness; cut spending to balance the budget and bring employers and job opportunities back to Illinois. 

        Lieutenant Colonel (RET USA) Swanson is married to the former Tammy Snider of Kewanee. They have two children, Mark - living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Matthew - living near Andover, IL. Dan and Tammy reside near Alpha, Illinois and attend Alpha Baptist Church in Alpha, Illinois 


-  Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL BS  1994
-  Field Artillery, Pre-Command Course, Fort Sill, OK 1999
-  Field Artillery, Officer Advance Course, Fort Sill, OK 1999
-  Command and General Staff College, (CGSC) Fort Leavenworth, KS 1998
-  Combined Arms and Services Staff School, (CAS3) Fort Sheridan, IL 1992
-  Air Defense Artillery, Officer Advance Course, Fort Bliss, TX 1991
-  Army Small Group Leader Instructor Course, Kewanee, IL 1989
-  Ordnance Maintenance Management Officer Basic Course (OBC), 
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 1987
-  Black Hawk Junior College, East Campus, AA Kewanee, IL 1986 
-  Officer Candidate School (OCS), Springfield, IL 1986
-  Advanced Non Commissioned Officer Course (ANCOC), Springfield,IL 1984
-  Basic Non Commissioned Officer Course (BNCOC), Fort McCoy, WI1980
-  Wheeled Vehicle and Power Generation Mechanic, 63B AIT, Fort 
Leonard Wood, MO 1978 
-  Basic Combat Training (BCT), Fort Leonard Wood, MO 1978


-  Henry County Board, Nov 10 – Jan 12
-  National Association of Veteran Service Officers, (NAVSO) Jun 14 – Present
-  Central Illinois ABATE, 2014 - Present
-  Disable American Veteran, (DAV) Jan 13 – Present
-  Military Officers Association of America, (MOAA) Apr 12 – Present
-  Association of the United States Army, (AUSA) Nov 10 – Present
-  Veterans of Foreign War, (VFW) Nov 09 - Present
-  Small Business Association, (SBA) Jun 09 – Present
-  Illinois Farm Bureau, (IFB) Oct 09 – Present
-  National Rifle Association, (NRA) Nov 09 – Present
-  American Legion, Andover, IL Post #465 Jan 00 – Present
-  National Guard Association Illinois, Lifetime 


-  AlWood School District #225, Board of Education Nov 92 – Nov 10
-  Henry County Veterans Assistance Commission, Volunteer driver
-  Sundance for Our Soldiers, (SOS) Executive Board Member
-  Alpha Baptist Church Council and Congregation Moderator
-  AlWood Boys Youth Summer League Baseball Coach
-  Henry County Planning Committee Jan 15 - Present
-  Illinois Homegrown by Heroes, Vice-President (2 – subcommittees)   


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