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Address: 1124 LHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (773) 267-5926

Address: 3742 West Irving Park Road, Chicago IL 60618-3116

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Address: 3220 North Sheffield Avenue, Chicago IL 60657

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Mike Quigley Biography
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  • Elected: April 2009, 2nd full term.
  • District: Illinois 5
  • Born: Oct. 17, 1958, Indianapolis, IN
  • Home: Chicago
  • Education:

    Roosevelt U., B.A. 1981; U. of Chicago, M.P.P. 1985; Loyola U., J.D. 1989.

  • Professional Career:

    Cook Co. aldermanic aide, 1983-89; Adjct. prof., Roosevelt U., 2006-07; Adjct. prof. in political science, Loyola U. Chicago, 2002-09; Practicing atty., 1990-present.

  • Political Career:

    Cook Cnty. commissioner, 1998-2009.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Family: Married (Barbara); 2 children

Mike Quigley is a reform-minded Democrat who won a special election in April 2009 to succeed Democratic Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who later became mayor of Chicago. He is both an avid hockey player—he’s had more than 300 stitches to prove it—and an ex-political science professor whom The New York Times once called “the king of Chicago’s public-policy nerds.” Read More

Mike Quigley is a reform-minded Democrat who won a special election in April 2009 to succeed Democratic Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who later became mayor of Chicago. He is both an avid hockey player—he’s had more than 300 stitches to prove it—and an ex-political science professor whom The New York Times once called “the king of Chicago’s public-policy nerds.”

Quigley grew up in the working-class suburb of Carol Stream in DuPage County. He graduated from Roosevelt University, got his law degree from Loyola University in Chicago, and practiced criminal law. He also taught political science part-time at Loyola. He started his career in politics as an aide to Ald. Bernard Hansen while studying for a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Chicago. He got involved in a community battle to stop the addition of lights for night games at Wrigley Field, which is in the heart of an old, gentrified neighborhood. In 1998, Quigley was elected to the Cook County Board of Commissioners, where he became an independent voice and a frequent nemesis of board President John Stroger. He pushed reforms such as ending patronage jobs at the Cook County Forest Preserve District, promoted environmental action, and sponsored a proposal to allow gay couples to register as domestic partners. In 2005, Quigley decided to challenge Stroger for board president, but later dropped out and backed Forrest Claypool, saying the two would have split the anti-incumbent vote if they had both remained in the race. Claypool repaid the favor by endorsing Quigley for the House seat.

After President Barack Obama plucked Rahm Emanuel from the House to serve as his chief of staff, a long list of candidates jumped into the wide-open Democratic primary. State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz was endorsed by EMILY’s List, which supports abortion rights. Ald. Patrick O’Connor and state Rep. John Fritchey had local party machine support. The appointment of Roland Burris to the Senate by impeached Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich became a campaign issue, with candidates seeking to burnish their credentials as reformers and attacking their opponents for having been associated with the disgraced governor. Fritchey suffered from having defended Burris at a legislative hearing in January 2009. Quigley ran a late ad comparing Feigenholtz to President Richard Nixon, saying she had resorted to unfair campaign charges. That may have extinguished any lingering friendship between Quigley and Feigenholtz, who had dated briefly years earlier.

Quigley received key newspaper endorsements from the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, the latterpraising him for an “outstanding record of independent, reform-minded performance in office.” In a low-turnout event on March 3, Quigley won with 20% of the vote to 17% for Fritchey and 15% for Feigenholtz. Quigley then breezed to victory in the April 7 general election against Republican Rosanna Pulido.

In the House, Quigley has been a consistent Democratic vote but one who is unafraid to ruffle feathers. He was among the first Democrats in 2010 to call on Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., to give up his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee while battling ethics problems. Shortly after taking office, he supported Arizona Republican Rep. Jeff Flake’s push for an ethics investigation of then Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. and other senior appropriators. He cofounded the Congressional Transparency Caucus and introduced legislation requiring lobbyists to disclose the name of each affected executive branch official and the office of each member of Congress and staff with whom they meet. He also sponsored a bill in 2012 requiring Congressional Research Service reports to be made public. The same year, he worked with other Illinois lawmakers to get a provision into a bill to block former congressmen convicted of corruption from collecting their public pensions in response to the conviction of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, an ex-representative.

Quigley has been active in calling for tighter gun control laws. On two issues of importance to his constituents, he has pushed for an extension of the visa waiver program to Poland as well as reviewing the policy that bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood. To learn more about what his constituents’ lives are like, he took a series of temporary work-day jobs ranging from collecting garbage to delivering pizza.

Quigley coasted to reelection in 2010 and 2012 with 71% and 66% of the vote, respectively. He toyed with the idea of running in 2011 to succeed retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley but decided not to join the crowded field that included Emanuel, who went on to be elected mayor.

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Mike Quigley Election Results
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2012 General
Mike Quigley (D)
Votes: 177,729
Percent: 65.73%
Dan Schmitt (R)
Votes: 77,289
Percent: 28.59%
Nancy Wade (Green)
Votes: 15,359
Percent: 5.68%
2012 Primary
Mike Quigley (D)
Votes: 37,967
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (71%), 2009 spec. (69%)
Mike Quigley 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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2013 2012 2011
Economic 66 (L) : 34 (C) 66 (L) : 34 (C) 65 (L) : 34 (C)
Social 63 (L) : 36 (C) 71 (L) : 28 (C) 73 (L) : 25 (C)
Foreign 90 (L) : 6 (C) 88 (L) : 11 (C) 84 (L) : 12 (C)
Composite 73.8 (L) : 26.2 (C) 75.3 (L) : 24.7 (C) 75.2 (L) : 24.8 (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
FRC00
LCV94100
CFG1319
ITIC-75
NTU2222
20112012
COC38-
ACLU-84
ACU40
ADA8590
AFSCME100-
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
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • 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: N
    • 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: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
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