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Democrat Janice “Jan” Schakowsky is the U.S. Representative for Illinois’ 9th congressional district. The 9th congressional district includes many of Chicago’s wealthy northern suburbs, as well as much of Chicago’s north side. Schakowsky has served in the position since 1999, and this button is from her first campaign. She easily won the Democratic primary in 1998, and went on to win the general election with 75% of the vote. Prior to running for Congress, Schakowsky served for eight years in the Illinois General Assembly. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois.
Schakowsky is considered one of the most progressive members in the US House of Representatives. She serves in the House’s Democratic leadership as the Chief Deputy Whip and is a Ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Schakowsky is also a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and is the co-chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues.