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Biography

Elected: April 2009, 2nd full term.

Born: October 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.

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.”

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.

Office Contact Information

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RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building Room 2458
Washington, DC 20515-1305

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Staff

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Abortion

Allison Jarus
Legislative Assistant

Aerospace

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Agriculture

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Animal Rights

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Appropriations

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Budget

Doug Lee
Legislative Assistant

doug.lee@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-4061

Campaign

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Education

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Energy

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Environment

Juan Hinojosa
Chief of Staff

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Finance

Doug Lee
Legislative Assistant

doug.lee@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-4061

Foreign

Allison Jarus
Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Gun Issues

Brooke Stuedell
Legislative Correspondent

Health

Allison Jarus
Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Housing

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Human Rights

Allison Jarus
Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Intelligence

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Internet

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Judiciary

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Labor

Doug Lee
Legislative Assistant

doug.lee@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-4061

Military

Doug Lee
Legislative Assistant

doug.lee@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-4061

Privacy

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Science

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Seniors

Allison Jarus
Legislative Assistant

Small Business

Doug Lee
Legislative Assistant

doug.lee@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-4061

Social Security

Doug Lee
Legislative Assistant

doug.lee@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-4061

Tax

Doug Lee
Legislative Assistant

doug.lee@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-4061

Technology

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Alexandra Vecchio
Legislative Aide

Telecommunications

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Doug Lee
Legislative Assistant

doug.lee@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-4061

Trade

Doug Lee
Legislative Assistant

doug.lee@mail.house.gov
(202) 225-4061

Transportation

Joseph Bushong
Legislative Director; Legislative Counsel

Veterans

Allison Jarus
Legislative Assistant

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Mike Quigley
Votes: 177,729
Percent: 65.73%
Dan Schmitt
Votes: 77,289
Percent: 28.59%
Nancy Wade
Votes: 15,359
Percent: 5.68%
2012 PRIMARY
Mike Quigley
Unopposed
2010 GENERAL
Mike Quigley
Votes: 108,360
Percent: 70.62%
David Ratowitz
Votes: 38,935
Percent: 25.38%
2010 PRIMARY
Mike Quigley
Votes: 56,667
Percent: 100.0%
2009 SPECIAL
Mike Quigley
Votes: 30,561
Percent: 69.23%
Rosanna Pulido
Votes: 10,662
Percent: 24.16%
Matt Reichel
Votes: 2,911
Percent: 6.6%
2009 PRIMARY
Mike Quigley
Votes: 12,118
Percent: 22.04%
John Fritchey
Votes: 9,835
Percent: 17.89%
Sara Feigenholtz
Votes: 9,194
Percent: 16.72%
Victor Forys
Votes: 6,428
Percent: 11.69%
Pat O'Connor
Votes: 6,388
Percent: 11.62%
Charlie Wheelan
Votes: 3,681
Percent: 6.69%
Tom Geoghegan
Votes: 3,342
Percent: 6.08%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (71%), 2009 spec. (69%)

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