Larry Pickens

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Larry Pickens
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
Bachelor'sNorth Park University
J.D.DePaul University College of Law
ReligionUnited Methodist
(dead link) Campaign website
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Larry Pickens is a former 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois.


Pickens was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 1987. He received his law degree from DePaul University of Law and his seminary degrees from Garrett-Evangelical, Chicago Theological Seminary and the Ecumenical Institute of Celigny, Switzerland. Throughout his career he has focused on the issues of human rights, economic policy, and social justice.[1]


Campaign themes


Pickens' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Gun Violence and Assault Weapons
Excerpt: "As a member of Congress, one of my priorities would be the passing of significant and commonsense legislation designed to implement handgun control and the banning of assault weapons. I am also committed to being a community catalyst, to bring together various segments of our community, law enforcement, teachers, mental health officials, clergy, and community organizing groups, youth and children- for the purpose of creating real solutions that are grounded in the experiences of all community stakeholders."
  • Supports President Obama's Effort to Revitalize Our District's Infrastructure
  • Will Create Employment opportunities by Initiating Linkages Between Small Business Owners and Potential Employees
  • Promotes the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
  • Emphasizes Preventative Healthcare Measures
  • Will Work to Develop the Economic Conditions of the Community Through Community Investment
  • Committed to Enhancing National Education Policy
  • Will Work to Enable Students to Compete in a 21st Century Global Context
  • Will Address Violence and the Banning Assault Weapons
  • Will Work Inclusively with All of the People of the Second Congressional District



See also: Illinois' 2nd Congressional District special election, 2013

Pickens ran in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. The election was held to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr.. Pickens lost in the Democratic primary to Robin Kelly.[3]

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kelly 53.3% 31,079
Debbie Halvorson 25.1% 14,650
Anthony Beale 11.1% 6,457
Joyce Washington 4.4% 2,563
Ernest Fenton 2.6% 1,545
Anthony Williams 1.1% 641
Mel Reynolds 0.8% 459
Clifford Eagleton 0.4% 207
Fatimah Muhammad 0.3% 194
Gregory Haynes 0.2% 144
Larry Pickens 0.2% 127
John Blyth 0.2% 104
Victor Jonathan 0.2% 91
Charles Rayburn 0.1% 74
Denise Anita Hill 0% 4
Total Votes 58,339
Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections



Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary
Poll Debbie Halvorson Toi HutchinsonRobin KellyNapoleon HarrisMel ReynoldsAnthony BealeOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Normington-Petts (January 8-10)
GBA Strategies (January 3-7)
AVERAGES 20.5% 14% 11.5% 8% 7.5% 7.5% 3.5% 27.5% +/-4.65 450
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He and his wife, Debra, have a daughter, Jessica.[1]

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