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Rep. Jan Schakowsky
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Jan Schakowsky was elected to represent Illinois’ 9th Congressional District on November 3, 1998, after serving for eight years in the Illinois State Assembly.

Schakowsky, who serves on the House Democratic Leadership team as Chief Deputy Whip, is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she will work to accomplish her top priority in Congress -- providing universal healthcare coverage for all Americans.

A citizen advocate, grassroots organizer, and elected public official, Schakowsky has fought throughout her career for economic and social justice and improved quality of life for all; for an end to violence against women; and for a national investment in healthcare, public education and housing needs.

In the House, Schakowsky has won major legislative victories to increase federal assistance for abused women and children and to protect the rights of battered immigrant women; to reform election laws guaranteeing that no registered voter is turned away at the poll; to expand housing opportunities for low-income people; and to assist small business owners and farmers.

A longtime consumer advocate, who in 1969 led the fight that put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket, Schakowsky carries on that tradition in Congress with efforts to safeguard the rights of victims of identity theft and to protect consumers from predatory lenders. A champion for the nation’s seniors, Schakowsky is actively engaged in the campaign for seniors and persons with disabilities to access affordable prescription drugs. Schakowsky is also working to ensure that seniors receive quality home, hospice, and nursing care.

Schakowsky is an active member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus and is a champion of expanding our nation’s hate crime laws. .

Prior to her election to Congress, Schakowsky represented the 18th District in the Illinois General Assembly for eight years. She served as a Democratic Floor Leader and as Secretary of the Conference of Women Legislators.

For twenty years prior to her election to the State House, Schakowsky fought for the public interest and rights of Illinois citizens. As Program Director of Illinois Public Action (1976-1985), the state’s largest public interest organization, she fought for energy reform and stronger protection from toxic chemicals. As Director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens from 1985-1990, she organized across the state for lower cost prescription drugs and tax relief for seniors, financial protection for the spouses of nursing home residents and other benefits for the elderly. She has been deeply involved in the fight to protect women’s reproductive freedom.

Schakowsky resides in Evanston, Illinois with her husband Robert Creamer. She has three children, Ian, Mary, and stepdaughter Lauren Creamer, and four grandchildren, Isabel, Eve, Lucy, and William. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 with a B.S. in Elementary Education.

Entries by Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act Will Make Homes Accessible

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 6:53 PM


Today, I introduced the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act, which would require new homes built with federal dollars to meet accessibility standards -- including a zero-step entrance, wheelchair accessible doorways and bathrooms, and climate controls that are at a height reachable from...

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Historic Nuclear Deal Reached between P5+1 Countries and Iran

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 12:13 PM

I want to thank President Obama for his persistent leadership to reach this historic deal. I am grateful to Secretary of State Kerry, Secretary of Energy Moniz, and all of our diplomats and other personnel who have worked to make this agreement a reality. I also want to acknowledge the...

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New Overtime Pay Protections for American Workers

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 4:22 PM

American workers have been extremely productive for decades, while seeing little to no raise in pay. In the richest country in the world, at our richest moment, we should make sure workers get the pay they have earned. That includes overtime pay for those who work more than 40 hours...

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Marriage Equality

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 10:14 AM

I am overjoyed at today's Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. As I've said many times over the last several years, marriage equality had the stamp of inevitability on it -- it is not a matter or "if," but "when." Today, we know the answer: Marriage equality is here.

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Supreme Court Decision Upholds Obamacare, a Huge Victory for American Families

(34) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 10:24 AM

Once again, the Supreme Court has rejected a partisan attempt to undermine the health protections provided by the Affordable Care Act, which I like to call Obamacare. As a result of today's decision in King v. Burwell, 19,000 people in my district, 232,000 people in Illinois and 6.4 million Americans...

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Trade Agreement Package Fails the House

(10) Comments | Posted June 12, 2015 | 3:03 PM

Today the House voted to derail "fast-track" authority that not only would be used to push through a highly flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement but would prevent Congress from amending trade pacts for the next six years.

I was proud to join with my colleagues in voting no, and...

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Medicare Is Not an ATM

(45) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 4:17 PM

This is a warning for senior citizens: Ongoing trade negotiations could be harmful to your health.

One of us is a member of Congress who co-chairs the House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force. The other is the head of an advocacy organization that has been working for more than three...

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Passing the Vehicle Safety Improvement Act Could Prevent Major Auto Recalls

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 5:25 PM

Rep. Pallone and I present a defective Takata airbag and shrapnel during press conference today. Angelina Sujata (far left, in white), was struck in the chest and injured with shrapnel from a Takata airbag three years ago.

Members of Congress,...

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The Recent IRS Breach and How We Can Act to Secure Personal Data

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 6:25 PM

I am very concerned about the recent IRS announcement that hackers gained access to past tax returns of more than 100,000 people. For information about the breach and how you can protect yourself, please visit the official IRS website.

While the investigation is ongoing, signs suggest that these...

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EPA Clarification Vital for Our Water Sources

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 11:32 AM

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced a final rule clarifying "waters of the United States" under the Clean Water Act. The rule includes protections for sources of drinking and recreational water, including streams and wetlands that are upstream from larger bodies of...

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My View on the Latest Immigration Ruling

(201) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 5:43 PM

Today a federal appeals court denied the Obama administration's request to lift a hold on the administration's executive actions on immigration while the matter is being litigated.

I am disappointed by the ruling of United States Court of Appeals that keeps an injunction in place delaying the President's executive...

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Despite Senate Approving Bad Fast-Track Bill Friday, Passage in House Remains Unlikely

(4) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 10:29 AM

On May 22 the United States Senate passed legislation providing trade-promotion authority (TPA) -- or "fast track" for trade bills -- not just to the current president but to whomever next sits in the White House. A vote on the bill is expected in the House in the coming weeks.

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The Fallen Served for Our Freedom

(5) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Memorial Day is all about celebrating the lives of the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The United States is made great because of their heroism. Their lives are remembered, honored, and celebrated by all of us, including the friends, family and fellow...

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Why We Need to Defeat the Trade Bills

(27) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 11:15 AM

This is a critical week in Congress, with the Senate and likely the House poised to take up Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), a bill to provide "fast track" authority -- not just to the current President but to whomever next sits in the White House.

I am convinced that we...

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Why I Strongly Oppose the Republican Anti-Choice Bill

(47) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 5:59 PM

Today I voted against H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The House Republican leadership is once again spending their time and energy trying to restrict women's right to safe and legal abortions instead of advancing policies that actually help hardworking Americans.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act...

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Why I Strongly Oppose the GOP Effort to Undermine the D.C. Reproductive Health Law

(4) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 11:18 PM

Tonight I voted against H.J. Res. 43, a resolution disapproving the action of the District of Columbia's Reproductive Health Non-discrimination Act of 2014. Here's why:

The D.C. Council passed the Reproductive Health Non-discrimination Act in December 2014. This D.C. law prevents employers from making hiring and firing decisions based on...

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Republicans Vote to Repeal Obamacare for the 58th Time

(8) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 7:43 PM

Today, the Republicans' voted for their 'Work Harder for Less' Budget. It is another shameless attempt to repeal Obamacare, despite all the clear benefits of the health care law.

The numbers don't lie on Obamacare: more than 15 million people who were previously uninsured now have health insurance. The law...

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The Emerging Populist Groundswell

(15) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:17 PM


On April 20 I gave a speech at the City Club of Chicago on the populist movement we are experiencing in our country. Despite what many Republicans claim, we are the richest country humanity has ever seen, and we are at our richest...

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In Honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 12:19 PM

Today, we join together to remember the six million European Jews murdered by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. The people of Israel and those from all around the world will pause today for Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah.

This Sunday, the Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue in Skokie, IL...

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Hardworking Americans Deserve Fair Wages and Full Benefits

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 4:56 PM

The United States is the richest country in the history of the world -- and as a country we've never been richer. This is largely because American workers have delivered significant productivity increases to their employers. However, workers' wages have been stagnant or even declined for 35 years. It is...

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