Chapin and his wife, Camille, both grew up in the 51st District. Upon graduating Charleston High School, he enrolled in and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois. He is also a graduate of the University Of Illinois College Of Law. Before being elected to the legislature, Chapin served as a Senior Assistant State's Attorney in Champaign County.

Chapin and Camille are members of Faith United Methodist Church. They have four children.


State Senator, State of Illinois
51st District, January 2013-Present

Committee Assignments:

  • Member – Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability
  • Member – Senate Education Committee
  • Member –Senate Energy Committee
  • Member – Senate Insurance Committee
  • Minority Spokesperson- Appropriations II
  • Minority Spokesperson- Higher Education
  • Illinois Leadership Council  for Agriculture Education’s -Jim Guilinger Legislative Award-2013

State Representative, State of Illinois
110th District, January 2003-January 2013

  • Bowhay Fellowship Award 2003 – Midwestern Legislative Conference
  • Freshman Legislator of the Year – Illinois Health Care Association
  • Legislator of the Year – Illinois Drug Education Alliance (IDEA)
  • Member - House Republican Rural Economic Development Task force
  • Co-Chair - House Republican Methamphetamine Task Force
  • By-Laws Committee Chair - Legislative Fire Caucus
  • University of Illinois Fire Services Institute: Graduate of the “Legislator’s Fire Academy” 2003
  • Illinois Farm Bureau Activator “Friend of Agriculture” Award Recipient - Each Term of Office
  • Illinois Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Association: “Legislative Leadership Award” 2005
  • “Illinois Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Persons” Award:  2005
  • Douglas County Regional Prevention Group: “Certificate of Recognition” for Methamphetamine Awareness in Central Illinois: 2006
  • Illinois Reading Council:  “Illinois Legislative Award” 2005 - 2006
  • Illinois Civil Justice League: “Friends of Fairness” Award: 2007
  • Illinois Health Care Association: “Legislator of the Year” Awarded: 2006 & 2007
  • Illinois Dollars for Scholars: “Lincolnland Legends Award” 2006
  • Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts: “Legislator of the Year” Award: 2006
  • Member Special Investigative Committee Regarding the Impeachment of Rod Blagojevich
  • Illinois Council on Long Term Care/ Illinois Health Care Association: “Legislator of the Year” 2007
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce: “Champion of Free Enterprise” Award: 2007 – 2008
  • Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts: “Friend of Conservation” Award: 2009
  • Illinois Bankers Association: “Outstanding Legislator” Award 2009
  • Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts: “Legislator of the Year” Award: 2011
  • Chairman, Legislative Ethics Commission: 2010 – 2012
  • Member, House Redistricting Committee: 2010 - 2011
  • National Federation of Independent Business: “Guardian of Small Business Award” 2011 – 2012
  • Illinois Education Association Region 9: “Friend and Advocate” Award: 2012
  • Inaugural Class of the “Edgar Fellows Program” 2012
  • Friend of Agriculture Award from the Illinois Farm Bureau 2014
  • Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) 2014

Committee Assignments:

  • Appropriations – Higher Education
  • Financial Institutions
  • Environment & Energy
  • Redistricting
  • Environmental Health
  • Insurance

Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Political Science - Fall 2004

Champaign County State’s Attorney, Urbana, IL
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, December 2001 – January 2003

  • Accelerated Disposition Program
  •  Felony Case Load

Assistant State’s Attorney, November 2000 - December 2001

  • Child Support Enforcement Alliance, October 2001 - December 2001
  • Traffic Division, November 2000 - October 2001
  • DUI Prosecution and trial experience


University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, IL Juris Doctor, May 2000

  • Moot Court Board
  • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
  • Client Counseling Competition Winner
  • President, Irish Law Students Association

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL  Bachelor of Science, August 1997
Major in political science with concentration in economics

  • Senior 100 - Top 100 graduating seniors at the University of Illinois based on academics, campus and community involvement
  • Student Trustee – 1994, 1995 academic years
  • Phi Delta Theta Social Fraternity
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Illinois Student Government, Member 1993-1996
  •     -Governmental Affairs Committee Member


  • Faith United Methodist Church, Member
  •  Mahomet Lions Club, Member
  • Illinois Prosecutor’s Bar Association, Past Member
  • Champaign County Republican Central Committee, Treasurer 2000-02
  • University of Illinois Alumni Association, Member
  • University of Illinois, LAS Recent Graduate Award 2003