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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Campaign Spotlight: Mike Quigley

Mike Quigley
United States House, 5th Congressional District of Illinois
Issues: Ethics Reform, Fiscal Responsibility, Equality, Environment, Foreign Policy, Jobs, Transparency, Crime and Public Safety, Health Care, Immigration, Labor

Congressman Mike Quigley is 100% pro-choice and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. Congressman Quigley knows that women don't turn to politicians for advice about birth control, mammograms, or cancer screenings. He believes that government should not be involved in a woman's personal medical decisions.

Congressman Mike Quigley has a 100% voting record on Planned Parenthood issues. Mike doesn't think it's enough to simply vote with us. He stands with us and he speaks out in support of us. Mike is a leader whenever women's health care comes up in Congress. Mike never misses an opportunity to remind politicians that they should stay out of the personal and private health care decisions of women. Here is a perfect example of Mike's eloquence on the House Floor.


In 2009, the Chicago Sun-Times described Mike Quigley as “that rare candidate who promises reform — and delivers.” He was elected to Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th District on April 7, 2009, and has spent every day since aggressively delivering on his promise to reform the way business is done in Washington.

Now in his second term in Congress, Mike is the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts. In the months leading up to the recent budget crises, Mike authored two reports laying out detailed plans for the “reinventing” of the federal budget. His most recent proposal includes 60 recommendations to reduce the deficit by $2 trillion in 10 years. He also presented a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would provide Americans with an itemized receipt for their tax returns.

As Co-Chair of the House Transparency Caucus, Mike has proposed smart policies to crack down on corruption and increase government transparency. The proposals include the Transparency in Government Act, requiring greater public disclosure regarding the legislative process, and the Lobbyist Disclosure Enhancement Act, allowing the public greater access to the role and influence of Washington lobbyists. He also introduced the State Ethics Law Protection Act with Senator Mark Kirk to target the pay-to-play politics which have been far too common in Illinois.

Mike also sits on the House Committee on the Judiciary and has used this position to fight for sensible gun laws, reform the nation’s criminal justice system, and protect the rights of women, immigrants, and the LGBT community.

Mike has been in public service for over 30 years. He began his career serving as an aide to former 44th Ward Alderman Bernie Hansen and, in his 10 years as a Cook County Commissioner, became a champion for environmental protection, equal rights, and ethical, open government.

Mike did his undergraduate work at Roosevelt University, earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, and a law degree from the Loyola University School of Law, Chicago. He also served as an adjunct professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago and Roosevelt University, lecturing on politics, the environment and local government. He was a practicing lawyer for almost twenty years.

Mike lives with his wife Barbara, daughters Alyson and Meghan, and three dogs in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood where he has lived since 1982. In his free time, he plays hockey and roots for the Blackhawks and the Cubs.

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