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Phone: 202-225-5701

Address: 1717 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (312) 886-0481

Address: 6245 South Archer Avenue, Chicago IL 60638-2609

Lockport IL

Phone: (815) 838-1990

Fax: (815) 838-1993

Address: 222 East 9th Street, Lockport IL 60441

Oak Lawn IL

Phone: (708) 424-0853

Fax: (708) 424-1855

Address: 5309 West 95th Street, Oak Lawn IL 60453-2444

Orland Park IL

Phone: (708) 403-4379

Fax: (708) 403-5963

Address: 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park IL 60462

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Daniel Lipinski Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 5th term.
  • District: Illinois 3
  • Born: Jul. 15, 1966, Chicago
  • Home: Western Springs
  • Education:

    Northwestern U., B.S. 1988, Stanford U., M.A. 1989, Duke U., Ph.D. 1998

  • Professional Career:

    Asst. professor, U. of TN, 2001-04.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Judy)

Democrat Daniel Lipinski was first elected in 2004 to replace his father, Bill Lipinski, who represented the district for 22 years. Like his father, the younger Lipinski focuses on transportation and manufacturing, but puts his engineering background to work on cyber security and other technology issues. Read More

Democrat Daniel Lipinski was first elected in 2004 to replace his father, Bill Lipinski, who represented the district for 22 years. Like his father, the younger Lipinski focuses on transportation and manufacturing, but puts his engineering background to work on cyber security and other technology issues.

Daniel Lipinski grew up in Chicago, in the city’s 23rd Ward, and first served as a campaign volunteer for his father in 1979. He got engineering degrees from Northwestern and Stanford universities before switching to political science for his doctorate at Duke. He worked on the staffs of four House Democrats from Illinois, though not on his father’s, and was an American Political Science Association congressional fellow for the House Democratic Policy Committee. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the topic of congressional newsletters (Congressional Communication, published by the University of Michigan Press). At the beginning of 2004, he was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

The process behind Lipinski’s nomination to run for his father’s seat is a case study in Chicago’s still-thriving backroom politics. In the summer of 2004, Bill Lipinski denied widespread rumors that he was going to give up his seat. Then on Aug. 13, he abruptly announced he would not seek reelection in November because he wanted to return to Chicago and “spend more time with my wife.” (Not that much time as it turns out, because he later became a transportation lobbyist.) His announcement came just 13 days before the Aug. 26 deadline to replace a withdrawing candidate. A meeting was scheduled for Aug. 17 for the 19 ward and township Democratic committeemen in the 3rd District. The group was to choose the new nominee by weighted vote and consisted of a Who’s Who of connected Chicago politicians, including Bill Lipinski, the 23rd Ward committeeman. At the meeting, Lipinski offered for consideration the name of the most qualified person he could think of, his son, Daniel, and shortly afterward, he was nominated without opposition.

The nominee was not briefed quite as well by the political pros in the room as he perhaps should have been. At his first press conference, Lipinski, who had not lived in Illinois for 15 years, made the politically unconscionable assertion that he had for many years been a fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago’s North Side baseball team. The White Sox are the hands-down favorite team of the 3rd District’s Southwest Side neighborhoods and suburbs. Luckily for Lipinski, a Democratic nomination, even one decided by a group of longtime political pals getting together in a room, is tantamount to election in the 3rd District, and he sailed to victory in November.

In the House, Daniel Lipinski has kept his pledge to be “not really that different from my father,” who was the most conservative Democrat in the Illinois delegation. He opposes same-sex marriage and abortion rights except when the mother’s life is at stake. He was among the Democrats who declined to vote for California liberal Nancy Pelosi in 2011 as their party’s leader in the House; he cast his vote for Rep. Marcy Kaptur, an Ohioan who is the House’s most senior woman. Two years later, he opted to back Tennessee Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper, an outspoken Pelosi critic. Lipinski declined to support the Democrats’ health care overhaul, saying that its provision banning federal funds for abortions wasn’t strong enough even as other anti-abortion Democrats expressed satisfaction with it.

As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, he worked with Texas Republican Michael McCaul to get a cyber security bill through the House in April 2012. He won House passage in 2010 of a measure setting up a national manufacturing strategy, although it died in the Senate. He introduced a similar bill in 2012, which again passed the House but went no further.

Lipinski always has an eye on Midway International Airport, which generates more jobs than any other employer in the district. After the Department of Transportation found that Midway had the worst on-time performance among the 29 largest U.S. airports through November 2010, he complained to Southwest Airlines about the tardiness of its Midway flights, and the airline agreed to do better. He also devotes attention to rail infrastructure and has been a vocal advocate for CREATE, a public-private partnership to improve the Chicago region’s passenger and freight rail. In his second term, he played a key role on two pieces of that year’s massive energy bill: cash incentives for progress toward hydrogen-based energy and a mandate requiring high-efficiency light bulbs in federal buildings.

Lipinski drew significant primary opposition in his first two reelection bids. In 2006, John Sullivan, an assistant Cook County state’s attorney, made an issue of Lipinski getting the seat in “a backroom deal.” Financial planner John Kelly used “no tricks, no fix” as a campaign slogan.Lipinski won with 54%, to 26% for Kelly and 20% for Sullivan. In the 2008 primary, Lipinski faced Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Mark Pera, an abortion rights supporter who criticized Lipinski’s support for the war in Iraq and questioned his campaign payments to his father for consulting work. Liberal interest groups, local reformers, and others contributed to Pera, who spent $770,000. But Lipinski prevailed, 54%-25%.

In 2010, his only primary challenger was little-known immigration activist Jorge Mujica, and Lipinski got nearly 78% of the vote. Illinois’ Democratic redistricters did him two big favors in 2012: They removed much of the 3rd District’s Hispanic population and shifted the home of wealthy Democratic businessman John Atkinson, who had been gearing up for a primary challenge. Lipinski coasted to a fourth term.

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Daniel Lipinski Election Results
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2012 General
Daniel Lipinski (D)
Votes: 168,738
Percent: 68.48%
Richard Grabowski (R)
Votes: 77,653
Percent: 31.52%
2012 Primary
Daniel Lipinski (D)
Votes: 44,532
Percent: 87.33%
Farah Baqai (D)
Votes: 6,463
Percent: 12.67%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (70%), 2008 (73%), 2006 (77%), 2004 (73%)
Daniel Lipinski Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 63 (L) : 36 (C) 62 (L) : 38 (C) 63 (L) : 37 (C)
Social 56 (L) : 44 (C) 59 (L) : 41 (C) 58 (L) : 41 (C)
Foreign 56 (L) : 44 (C) 58 (L) : 42 (C) 58 (L) : 42 (C)
Composite 58.5 (L) : 41.5 (C) 59.7 (L) : 40.3 (C) 59.8 (L) : 40.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC6066
LCV9183
CFG317
ITIC-58
NTU1918
20112012
COC31-
ACLU-15
ACU2024
ADA6555
AFSCME86-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
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