The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina


Ragan Freitag

Corps Grad ’03

Ragan FreitagRagan Freitag graduated from The Citadel in 2003, where she received a bachelor’s in political science and American government. She is also a graduate of Joliet Catholic Academy and previously served as president of the Joliet Catholic Academy Alumni Association.

After graduating from The Citadel, Ragan returned home and served as an Alderman for the City of Wilmington. During this time she also worked with former Congressman Jerry Weller of the 11th Congressional District of Illinois as a congressional intern handling constituent concerns and legislative matters within the district. She also worked for former Illinois State Representative Brent Hassert of the 85th District as a legislative liaison.

In 2005, Ragan attended Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. During her time in law school, she served as the chairman of the Habitat for Humanity chapter where members raised money and built new homes for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Ragan graduated from law school in 2008, and in that year was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois. Today, Ragan practices criminal defense, family law & governmental law with her primary focus being criminal defense ranges from traffic, DUI, Domestic Battery, Misdemeanor and Felony matters. She has also expanded her practice to the family law division where she focuses on Order of Protections, Divorce, Child Support, Adoption and Surrogacy Law.

She continues to serve as a proud member of the Will County Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She is also the Vice President of the Will County Women's Bar Association and a 2011 graduate of the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series. Most recently Ragan was nominated and accepted into the Edgar Fellows Program where she will gain extensive knowledge in leadership and policy issues from former Governor Edgar and other accomplished individuals through the State of Illinois. Ragan was elected to the Will County Board and to the Will County Forest Preserve in 2012. She is a former member of the Land Use Committee. Currently, she serves as chairman of Capitol Improvement Committee and vice chairman of the Judicial Committee. Ragan is also serving as vice president of the Will County Forest Preserve.

What is your favorite memory from The Citadel?
My favorite memory at The Citadel was Recognition Day. I had never felt more accomplished and proud of myself. It's one thing for others to be proud; it's more important to believe in yourself!

What about your time at The Citadel had the most positive impact on your career or life?
I believe the balance of academics, physical challenges and military training has made me a very strong leader in politics, an extremely organized and structured attorney, and yet I can still find time to enjoy time with family and friends.

The most positive impact The Citadel has had on my career is knowing that if I can make it through The Citadel, I can make it through anything! As an attorney and elected official, there's not one challenge that I will turn down!

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