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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

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

(45) 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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On Equal Pay Day, Let's Stand Up for Working Women, Families and Our Economy

(10) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:29 AM

This Equal Pay Day it is time to take decisive action to close the wage gap that still exists between women and men. Why is Equal Pay Day marked every April? Because currently a woman has to work a year and three months into the next year just to earn...

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Blackwater Security Guards Get Substantial Sentences for 2007 Shootings in Baghdad

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:12 AM

On Monday a federal jury sentenced four former Blackwater security personnel who were convicted in the horrific shooting of dozens of Iraqis in Baghdad on Sept. 16, 2007. One of the four was given life without the possibility of parole, and the other three were given 30-year sentences.

I am...

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My Response to Kirk's Comparison of the Obama Administration to Nazi Appeasement

(214) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 10:57 PM

Senator Mark Kirk compared the Obama Administration's framework for a nuclear deal to Nazi Appeasement recently in an interview. Please see my response to Senator Kirk's extreme rhetoric below:

It is truly appalling for Senator Mark Kirk to equate the Obama Administration's diplomacy with Nazi appeasement. As...

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181 House Democrats File Brief in Support of the Obama Administration's Immigration Executive Actions

(62) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 12:15 PM

I was proud to join 180 House Democrats in filing an amicus brief in support of the Obama Administration's appeal in the Fifth Circuit case of Texas v. United States. The case reached the Fifth Circuit after a federal district court granted a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the Secretary...

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Today's Announcement on Framework for Iran Nuclear Deal

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 5:12 PM

Today's announcement of a framework for a comprehensive agreement between the United States, our allies, and Iran that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon is a significant diplomatic achievement.

The intrusive inspection regime that includes continuous surveillance of Iran's enrichment facilities, uranium mines and mills, centrifuge production and...

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16.4 Million Reasons to Celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Obamacare

(15) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Five years ago, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. What is crystal clear today is that the ACA, which I proudly call Obamacare, is working.

There are 16.4 million Americans all across our country who now have affordable, quality health insurance because of Obamacare. Here of...

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A Budget That's Best for All Americans

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 2:50 PM

Over the past 35 years, economic productivity has grown 80 percent and the cost of living has risen along with it. Over the same time, incomes of hardworking American families have remained flat.

Yet the Republican "Work Harder for Less" budget, released this week, attempts to balance the budget on...

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