Ragan R. Freitag grew up in Wilmington, Illinois and is a 1999 graduate of Joliet Catholic Academy. In 2002, Ms. Freitag graduated cum laude from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. While at The Citadel, Ms. Freitag became the first female to attain corporal rank in Tango Company and earned Dean’s List every semester.
After college, Ms. Freitag worked for former Congressman Jerry Weller of the 11th Congressional District of Illinois as a congressional intern handling constituent concerns and legislation within the district. She also worked for former Illinois State Representative Brent Hassert of the 85th District as a legislative liason. In 2002, Ms. Freitag served as alderman to the City of Wilmington where she held the position of Chairman for the Grounds and Building Committee.
In 2005, Ragan attended Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi. During Ms. Freitag’s first year of law school, she experienced Hurricane Katrina. She became Chairman of the Habitat for Humanity Chapter at her law school where they raised money, built approximately eight to ten homes for Hurricane victims. While attending law school, Ragan worked on the Mississippi Innocence Project with John Grisham and Scott Turow, investigating claims of Mississippi state prisoners serving significant periods of incarceration for potential wrongful convictions. Ragan graduated in 2008 and that year was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois.
Today, Ragan practices criminal defense law. She is a member of the Will County Bar Association, Will County Women’s Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is also an active member of the community serving as a board member on the Joliet Catholic Alumni Association, a member of the Joliet Area Young Professionals and a parishioner of St. Rose Church in Wilmington, Illinois.