|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 9th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||Sidney R. Yates|
May 26, 1944
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
(m. 1965; div. 1980)
Robert Creamer (m. 1980)
|Children||2 (with Schakowsky)|
|Education||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (BS)|
The district is anchored in Chicago's North Side, including much of the area bordering Lake Michigan. It also includes many of Chicago's northern suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Mount Prospect, Niles, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka, as of the decennial redistricting following the 2010 United States Census.
Early life, education and career
Schakowsky was born Janice Danoff in 1944 in Chicago, the daughter of Tillie (née Cosnow) and Irwin Danoff. Her parents were Jewish immigrants, her father from Lithuania and her mother from Russia.
Schakowsky graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in elementary education where she was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority. She was Program Director of Illinois Public Action, Illinois' largest public interest group, from 1976 to 1985. She then moved to the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens as executive director for five years until 1990, when she was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. She served there until 1998.
U.S. House of Representatives
Schakowsky is among the most Progressive members of the current U.S. Congress. She is a senior member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and frequently earns ratings of between 90 and 100 from liberal and progressive interest groups.
Support for Obama economic plan
In April 2009, Schakowsky pointedly criticized the tax day Tea Party protests, asserting that they were ”an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs…. It’s despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt.”
The Nation endorsed her for vice president in the 2004 United States presidential election, stating that she is "the truest heir to Paul Wellstone in the current Congress". She was, however, not selected as John Kerry's running mate. In response to concerns about electoral irregularities in the state of Ohio during the 2004 presidential election, Schakowsky was one of 31 members of the United States House of Representatives who voted not to accept Ohio's electoral votes.
Opposition to Iraq War
Schakowsky was outspoken in her opposition to the Iraq War. She was one of the earliest and most emphatic supporters of U.S. Senator Barack Obama prior to his victory in the 2004 Illinois Democratic primary election, and actively supported his bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
In hearings held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee in July 2006, Schakowsky expressed concern that a report from the National Academy of Sciences showing discrepancies among scientists studying global warming might be "used in a way to discredit the whole notion that our country and the rest of the industrialized and developing world ought to do anything about global warming".
Angling for elevation
Schakowsky indicated interest in replacing Barack Obama in the United States Senate. Before his arrest, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich had reportedly been considering Schakowsky among at least six candidates to fill the vacancy. Schakowsky was one of the first figures in Illinois to voice interest in running in a special election to replace Obama.
Support for public option
In April 2009, she stated her support for a public option in health insurance, arguing that it would put health insurance companies out of business and lead to single-payer health care, which she supports.
Critique and apology for Joel Pollak
In March 2015, Schakowsky was criticized by the Orthodox Union after saying that Jewish politician Joel Pollak was a "Jewish, Orthodox, Tea Party Republican" at a J Street event. She later apologized for her comments.
Support for LGBT rights
Boycott of Netanyahu's speech to Congress
In March 2015, Schakowsky did not attend the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress because, she wrote in the Huffington Post, it could scuttle delicate negotiations with Iran: "The prime minister wants the negotiations to end, and his purpose in speaking to the Congress is to convince us that the president is about to agree to a deal that threatens Israel's existence. He believes the president is naïve in thinking that he and the P5+1 can achieve any agreement that will stop Iran from rushing toward a bomb ... What is the alternative to an agreement? Yes, the United States will increase sanctions. But does anyone doubt that Iran will build a nuclear weapon regardless of sanctions? Then the choices will be ugly: accepting a nuclear-weaponized Iran or accepting military action (i.e., war with Iran). For me it's obvious that we must give the negotiations a chance. And, in the meantime, Iran has essentially halted its weapons program under the Joint Plan of Action while the talks are ongoing."[third-party source needed]
Product safety issues
Schakowsky has long taken substantial interest in product safety issues and has persistently engaged in robust oversight of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. She has often been critical of Republicans on the commission.
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Committee on the Budget
Party leadership and caucus memberships
- Chief Deputy Whip
- Steering and Policy Committee
- Founding member of the Out-of-Iraq Caucus
- Democratic Vice Chair of the bipartisan Women's Caucus
- Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Afterschool Caucuses
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- Climate Solutions Caucus
Sidney Yates, who had represented the 9th District since 1949 (except for an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 1962), had announced in 1996 that he wouldn't run for re-election in 1998. Schakowsky easily won the Democratic primary, which all but assured her of election in the heavily Democratic 9th. She beat out future-Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in the primary, who finished in third place. She won in November with 75 percent of the vote and has easily won reelection four times with 70 percent or more of the vote. She is only the third person to represent the district since 1949.
|Democratic||Janice D. (Jan) Schakowsky||31,443||45.14|
|Democratic||Howard W. Carroll||23,963||34.40|
|Democratic||Jay "J.B." Pritzker||14,256||20.46|
|Democratic||Janice D. (Jan) Schakowsky||107,878||74.60|
|Libertarian||Michael D. Ray||3,284||2.27|
|Democratic||Jan Schakowsky (incumbent)||147,002||76.43|
|Republican||Dennis J. Driscoll||45,344||23.57|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||118,642||70.27|
|Republican||Nicholas M. Duric||45,307||26.83|
|Libertarian||Stephanie "Vs. The Machine" Sailor||4,887||2.89|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||175,282||75.74|
|Republican||Kurt J. Eckhardt||56,135||24.26|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||122,852||74.59|
|Republican||Michael P. Shannon||41,858||25.41|
|Write-in votes||Simon Michael Ribeiro||3||0.00|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||98,374||87.66|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||181,948||74.66|
|Republican||Michael Benjamin Younan||53,593||21.99|
|Write-in votes||Susanne Atanus||13||0.01|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||117,553||66.34|
|Republican||Joel Barry Pollak||55,182||31.14|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||48,124||91.85|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||194,869||66.33|
|Republican||Timothy C Wolfe||98,924||33.67|
|Write-in votes||Hilaire Fuji Shioura||8||0.00|
|Write-in votes||Susanne Atanus||6||0.00|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||141,000||66.06|
|Write-in votes||Phil Collins||66||0.03|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||217,306||66.47|
|Republican||Joan McCarthy Lasonde||109,550||33.51|
|Write-in votes||David Williams||79||0.02|
|Write-in votes||Susanne Atanus||13||0.00|
|Democratic||Janice D. Schakowsky (incumbent)||213,368||73.49|
|Republican||John D. Elleson||76,983||26.51|
In 2005, Schakowsky's husband pleaded guilty to failure to collect withholding tax and to bank fraud for writing checks with insufficient funds. All of the money was repaid. Schakowsky was not accused of any wrongdoing. While Schakowsky served on the organization's board during the time the crimes occurred, and she signed the IRS filings along with her husband, the U.S. district judge noted that no one suffered "out of pocket losses", and Creamer acted not out of greed but in an effort to keep his community action group going without cutting programs, though Creamer paid his own $100,000 salary with fraudulently obtained funds. Creamer served five months in prison.
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- Post-gazette.com, The health-care shuffle, Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 16, 2009
- "Congresswoman Apologizes Referring to Political Rival as 'Orthodox Jew'". The Jewish Daily Forward. March 24, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
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- "Election Results 2014 GENERAL ELECTION". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
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- Jan Schakowsky for Congress
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- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from Illinois's 9th congressional district
|Preceded by |
| Chair of the Congressional Women's Caucus |
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|Preceded by |
| United States Representatives by seniority |