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Biography

Elected: 2004, 5th term.

Born: July 15, 1966, Chicago, IL

Home: Western Springs, IL

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 Berkebile)

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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Abortion

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Energy

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Environment

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Foreign

Juri Jacoby
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Eric Lausten
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Sofya Leonova
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Homeland Security

Jonathon Freye
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Jonathon Freye
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Paula Belmonte
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Eric Lausten
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Native Americans

Jason Day
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Lisa Hager
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Public Works

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Lisa Hager
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Seniors

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Small Business

Juri Jacoby
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Paul Dorsey
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Social Security

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Tax

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Technology

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Lisa Hager
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Telecommunications

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Transportation

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Veterans

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Welfare

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Women

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Election Results

2014 GENERAL
Daniel Lipinski
Votes: 113,536
Percent: 64.35%
Sharon Brannigan
Votes: 62,886
Percent: 35.65%
2012 GENERAL
Daniel Lipinski
Votes: 168,738
Percent: 68.48%
Richard Grabowski
Votes: 77,653
Percent: 31.52%
2012 PRIMARY
Daniel Lipinski
Votes: 44,532
Percent: 87.33%
Farah Baqai
Votes: 6,463
Percent: 12.67%
2010 GENERAL
Daniel Lipinski
Votes: 116,120
Percent: 69.69%
Michael Bendas
Votes: 40,479
Percent: 24.29%
Laurel Schmidt
Votes: 10,028
Percent: 6.02%
2010 PRIMARY
Daniel Lipinski
Votes: 57,684
Percent: 77.89%
Jorge Mujica
Votes: 16,372
Percent: 22.11%
2008 GENERAL
Daniel Lipinski
Votes: 172,581
Percent: 73.28%
Michael Hawkins
Votes: 50,336
Percent: 21.37%
Jerome Pohlen
Votes: 12,607
Percent: 5.35%
2008 PRIMARY
Daniel Lipinski
Votes: 62,439
Percent: 53.81%
Mark Pera
Votes: 29,544
Percent: 25.46%
Jim Capparelli
Votes: 13,312
Percent: 11.47%
Jerry Bennett
Votes: 10,742
Percent: 9.26%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (70%), 2008 (73%), 2006 (77%), 2004 (73%)

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