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Robyn Gabel
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Illinois House of Representatives District 18
In office
April 18, 2010-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 5
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
AppointedApril 18, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBeloit College, 1975
Master'sUniversity of Illinois, 1979
OtherMJ, Loyola University Chicago Law School, 1996
Date of birthFebruary 7, 1953
Place of birthChicago, IL
ProfessionExecutive Director, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
Office website
Campaign website
Robyn Gabel is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 18. She was first appointed to the chamber on April 18, 2010.[1]


Gabel earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Beloit College in 1975, her M.P.H. in Public Health from the University of Illinois in 1979 and her M.J. in Health Law from Loyola University Law School, Chicago. Her professional experience includes working as the Executive Director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition from 1988 to 2010, as Co-director of Chicago Women's Health Center from 1980 to 1987, as Training Coordinator for Planned Parenthood from 1979 to 1980 and as a legislative aid to Alderman (now Congressman) Luis Gutierrez.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Gabel served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations-Human Services, Vice chair
Human Services, Chair
Juvenile Justice & System-Involved
Museums, Arts, & Cultural Enhancement, Vice chair
Renewable Energy & Sustainability
Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development
Youth & Young Adults


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gabel served on the following committees:


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Gabel served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Gabel's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "In the long term, we must emerge from this recession with an economy that is stronger than the one we entered it with. That means working to create sustainable new industries and economic priorities. It means focusing on retraining workers for the next generation of jobs, and creating a solid infrastructure from which our economy can prosper."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Providing quality health care for everyone has been my life’s work. Since joining the Illinois House, I have continued to fight for better health care."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "We all have a responsibility to protect and preserve our environment. That means working on a statewide and national scale to ensure we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, or working on a local scale to ensure that our drinking water from Lake Michigan is free of toxins, and our air is free of harmful pollutants. There are steps each of us can take to ensure we sustain our planet’s environment, but there are efforts we must take down in Springfield to accomplish this at a broader level."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I also know that the quality of education received by every child has an effect on all of ours lives as well – a better education system means a skilled and educated workforce, greater prosperity for our country, reduced crime, better healthcare from better doctors, new scientific breakthroughs in medicine and technology, and a more thoughtful community."
  • Healthy Foods
Excerpt: "I will support efforts to provide our community with better access to local and organic farmers, dairies and other food suppliers. I will work to create urban farming and agriculture pilot projects to improve access to locally-grown food, and provide community farming opportunities."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Robyn Gabel ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[4][5][6]


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gabel won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 18. Gabel was unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and defeated Eric J. Lieberman (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobyn Gabel Incumbent 62.8% 32,545
     Republican Eric J. Lieberman 37.2% 19,292
Total Votes 51,837


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Gabel won re-election to the 18th District seat against Libertarian Steve Funk. She defeated Patrick Keenan-Devlin(4,084 votes), Eamon Kelly(3,950 votes), Jeffrey Smith(1,909 votes), and Edmund Moran(1,698 votes) in the Democratic primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 18 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Robyn Gabel (D) 28,154 99.60%
Steve Funk (L) 114 0.40%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gabel is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Gabel raised a total of $472,999 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[11]

Robyn Gabel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 18 Won $238,223
2010 Illinois State House, District 18 Won $234,776
Grand Total Raised $472,999


Gabel won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gabel raised a total of $238,223.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robyn Gabel's campaign in 2012
Illinois Education Association$12,500
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association$7,500
Illinois Hospital Association$5,000
AFSCME Illinois Council 31$4,600
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$238,223
Source: Follow the Money


Gabel won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Gabel raised a total of $234,776.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Illinois

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[13]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[14][15]


Gabel received a score of 25.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 97th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[15]


Gabel and her husband, Ivan, have one child.[2]

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Preceded by
Julie Hamos (D)
Illinois House of Representatives District 18
April 18, 2010 - Present
Succeeded by