Illinois Senator Tom Rooney Seal/Logo
The seal depicts the Illinois state capitol dome as a lighthouse (both favored images of the Senator). A lighthouse symbolizes guidance, knowledge, enlightenment, vigilance, and steadfastness (can weather any storm). It may also resemble a watchtower which symbolizes a guardian. The base of the capitol is an open book, representing of course openness, honesty, and transparency. The book itself represents knowledge and also references his teaching career. The story Tom told in his speech at his swearing-in ceremony about the family book that he will keep in his desk in the Senate chambers adds extra significance to it.