Jan Schakowsky

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has earned a reputation as a liberal progressive for her stances on issues ranging from health care to marijuana legalization. Schakowsky earned a BS in elementary education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1965. From 1976–1985 she was program director for Illinois Public Action, a major public interest group, then became executive director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens from 1985–1990. After spending nine years in the Illinois House of Representatives, she joined the US House of Representatives in 1999. She served on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and is also co–chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues. She has been a vocal critic of the Tea Party and of the Iraq War, and has advocated for issues like gun control, single–payer healthcare, raising the minimum wage, and environmental protection. In 2014 she was one of 18 House members who signed a letter asking President Obama to legalize marijuana.


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Representative Jan Schakowsky (D), from Illinois's 9th district.
Courtesy of the United States Congress.
Date of Birth

Chicago, IL
United States

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