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Phone: 202-225-2111

Address: 2367 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (773) 506-7100

Address: 5533 North Broadway Street, Chicago IL 60640-1405

Glenview IL

Phone: (847) 328-3409

Fax: (847) 328-3425

Address: 1852 Johns Drive, Glenview IL 60025

Evanston IL

Phone: (847) 328-3409

Fax: (847) 328-3425

Address: 820 Davis Street, Evanston IL 60201

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Jan Schakowsky Biography
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  • Elected: 1998, 8th term.
  • District: Illinois 9
  • Born: May. 26, 1944, Chicago
  • Home: Evanston
  • Education:

    U. of IL, B.S. 1965

  • Professional Career:

    Founder, Natl. Consumers Unite, 1969-73; Prog. dir., IL Public Action, 1976-85; Exec. dir., IL State Cncl. of Sr. Citizens, 1985-90.

  • Political Career:

    IL House of Reps., 1990-98.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Jewish

  • Family: Married (Robert Creamer); 3 children

Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat elected in 1998, is an outspoken progressive. The Nation magazine once called her “the truest heir to Paul Wellstone,” the late Minnesota senator and champion of the left, while the more conservative Chicago Tribune’s editorial page derided her as “one of the most partisan, liberal members of the House.” Read More

Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat elected in 1998, is an outspoken progressive. The Nation magazine once called her “the truest heir to Paul Wellstone,” the late Minnesota senator and champion of the left, while the more conservative Chicago Tribune’s editorial page derided her as “one of the most partisan, liberal members of the House.”

Schakowsky grew up in Rogers Park and worked for two years as a teacher. In 1969, she formed National Consumers Unite to fight for date-of-freshness labels on dairy products and other food. Later she joined Illinois Public Action, a consumer group. In 1985, she became executive director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens, where she organized the pivotal 1989 protest of Democratic Rep. Dan Rostenkowski’s Medicare catastrophic health care law for seniors. Television news images of the powerful Rostenkowski fleeing an angry crowd of old people led Congress to repeal the benefit, which many said did not provide adequate coverage. In 1990, Schakowsky was elected to the state House from Evanston and Skokie, and later became Democratic floor leader.

In 1998, Schakowsky was selected in the Democratic primary to replace Sidney Yates, a liberal Democrat who had represented the lakefront in Congress for 48 years. Her strategy was to run from the left—“I don’t think I can be defined as too far left in a district like this,” she said—and to build a volunteer organization. With ads in college papers, she hired young field organizers to set about identifying Schakowsky voters. She raised $1.4 million, with help from the women’s abortion rights fundraising group EMILY’s List. Her opponent was state Sen. Howard Carroll, who had the support of most Democratic ward committeemen and attacked Schakowsky for her opposition to the death penalty. Schakowsky’s 1,500 workers, 250 of them from labor unions, helped her to a 45%-34% win. She easily won the general election and has been reelected without difficulty.

Schakowsky has one of the most liberal voting records in the House and regularly scores perfect ratings from liberal interest groups. She irked conservatives in September 2012 when she accused Republicans of engaging in “daily sabotage against anything that would have made our economy better.” A close ally of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Schakowsky has worked with Democratic leaders on electoral strategy, including heading a training program for political organizers. She was an early supporter of Pelosi for party whip when Pelosi was getting her start in leadership, and Pelosi rewarded her with the chief deputy whip post. Schakowsky formally nominated Pelosi for election as minority leader in November 2012. Her contacts with national liberal groups have helped Schakowsky become a major party fundraiser, drawing heavily from the traditional Democratic constituencies of lawyers, women’s interest groups, and unions.

In early 2006, she sought a higher leadership post as vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, which would put her on a track to become caucus chairman, the No. 3 leadership job. With support from Pelosi, Schakowsky was the early front-runner against New York’s Joe Crowley and Connecticut’s John Larson. But on the first ballot, she finished third behind Crowley and Larson. Schakowsky threw her support to Larson, another Pelosi ally. With Schakowsky’s former supporters on board, Larson prevailed. Some Democrats speculated that Schakowsky was hurt by the timing of the contest, which occurred soon after her husband, Robert Creamer, the longtime head of Illinois Public Action Fund, pleaded guilty to bank fraud in a check-kiting scheme. Schakowsky said that her husband had “made mistakes,” but that she was unaware of his financial problems and that she stood by him.

Schakowsky briefly considered a run for the Senate in 2004 but decided against it. Later, in 2008, she was interested in being appointed to the remainder of President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate term until the scandal broke over Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s alleged attempts to profit personally and politically from his power to make the appointment. She was an early backer of Obama for president, giving cover to other prominent Democratic women who may have wanted to support him but felt obliged to support then-New York Sen. Hillary Clinton.

As former chairman of the oversight subcommittee of the Intelligence Committee, Schakowsky tried to get spy agencies to be more forthcoming in briefing members of Congress about their actions. In July 2009, she backed Pelosi when Pelosi claimed that she had not been informed of the use by U.S. interrogators of water boarding, as Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta had maintained. Schakowsky was the only committee member in December 2011 to oppose cyber security legislation, saying that the measure didn’t do enough to safeguard civil liberties.

On the Energy and Commerce Committee, Schakowsky was a player in the enactment in 2008 of the child product safety bill, which toughened regulations, and has continued to remain active on consumer issues. In 2009, she was a strong supporter and cosponsor of legislation creating a federally-run insurance option in the Democrats’ health care bill. But the public option provision ultimately was dropped because of opposition from party moderates.

Pelosi appointed Schakowsky to the newly created Simpson-Bowles commission on the national debt in March 2010, where she opposed ending federal economic stimulus spending and argued that safety net spending should be exempt from budget cuts. She joined fellow Democratic commission member Xavier Becerra of California in arguing that any debt reduction options should include income distribution tables to show what areas would be hit hardest.

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Jan Schakowsky Election Results
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2012 General
Janice Schakowsky (D)
Votes: 194,869
Percent: 66.33%
Timothy Wolfe (R)
Votes: 98,924
Percent: 33.67%
2012 Primary
Janice Schakowsky (D)
Votes: 48,124
Percent: 91.85%
Simon Ribeiro
Votes: 4,270
Percent: 8.15%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (66%), 2008 (75%), 2006 (75%), 2004 (76%), 2002 (70%), 2000 (76%), 1998 (75%)
Jan Schakowsky 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 91 (L) : - (C) 89 (L) : - (C) 92 (L) : - (C)
Social 93 (L) : - (C) 85 (L) : - (C) 80 (L) : - (C)
Foreign 94 (L) : - (C) 86 (L) : 13 (C) 78 (L) : 18 (C)
Composite 96.3 (L) : 3.7 (C) 91.2 (L) : 8.8 (C) 88.7 (L) : 11.3 (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
FRC100
LCV9797
CFG1815
ITIC-58
NTU1614
20112012
COC13-
ACLU-100
ACU80
ADA100100
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
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • 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
    • 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: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: N
    • 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: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: Y
    • 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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