Christian Mitchell

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Christian Mitchell
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Illinois House of Representatives District 26
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Chicago
ProfessionCommunity Organizer
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Christian Mitchell campaign logo
Christian Mitchell is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Mitchell earned his Bachelor's in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. His professional experience includes working as a community organizer, deputy field director for the Lisa Madigan re-election campaign, and campaign manager for Will Burns, Alderman, 4th Ward, in 2010.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Elementary & Secondary Education School Curriculum Policies
Judiciary - Criminal
Juvenile Justice & System-Involved, Vice chair
Renewable Energy & Sustainability
Revenue & Finance
State Government Administration


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


Campaign themes


Mitchell's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

  • Pension Reform
  • Education
Excerpt: "Christian is fighting to reform the way we fund our schools, so that all children get their fair share of resources. Christian believes that the public should have more say in the decisions made by Chicago Public Schools, and that is why he is a co-sponsor of a bill to make the Chicago Public School board democratically elected."
  • Public safety
Excerpt: "Christian is proactive in sponsoring legislation to keep illegal guns out of the hands of criminals."
  • Jobs
    • To increase employment, Christian:
      • "Started a program that gives low-interest loans to small local businesses, so that they can create more jobs in our community."
      • "Targets government investment where Illinois has the most potential for growth. This ensures that the jobs of the new economy will be created right here at home."
      • "Fights for updated school courses to keep Illinois competitive in the future."
      • "Looks for results in government efforts to create jobs. Christian pushes for accountability from government programs. He wants to use set goals to determine whether or not a program grows enough jobs. His efforts for transparency make sure that Illinois directs investment in the most effective way to grow our economy."
  • Marriage equality
Excerpt: "Christian believes family and commitment are the roots to a strong community, and that all people should be allowed to make a commitment to the one that they love."
  • Ethics
Excerpt: "Illinois doesn’t have the best history producing honest government officials, but Christian is working to change that. Christian isn’t beholden to special interest groups. He’s in Springfield to fight for you."


Mitchell's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Ethics Policy
Excerpt: "The people of the 26th District have long supported reform efforts and elected officials who work to make government more accountable. Christian Mitchell pledges to uphold this tradition as State Representative."
  • Transportation Policy
Excerpt: "As State Representative, Christian will pursue several goals to maintain and enhance the state’s transportation system."
  • Jobs Policy
Excerpt: "Illinois needs more jobs. Our state’s unemployment rate is 9.8 percent, 1.5 points higher than the national rate. Entrepreneurs and businesses face an unstable financial landscape that impedes job creation."
  • Energy Policy
Excerpt: "The state of Illinois is at a crossroads with respect to energy use and the environment. We must re-examine our energy sources: fossil fuel use pollutes our air and skews the nation’s foreign policy."



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 Christian Mitchell defeated Jhatayn "Jay" Travis in the Democratic primary, while Jacob "Coby" Hakalir ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Mitchell then defeated Hakalir in the general election.[4][5][6][7]

Illinois House of Representatives District 26, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristian L. Mitchell Incumbent 83.5% 25,715
     Republican Jacob "Coby" Hakalir 16.5% 5,083
Total Votes 30,798


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Mitchell won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 26. Mitchell defeated Kenny Johnson in the March 20 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8][9][10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristian Mitchell 100% 37,002
Total Votes 37,002
Illinois House of Representatives, District 26 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChristian Mitchell 51.9% 6,739
Kenny Johnson 48.1% 6,238
Total Votes 12,977

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mitchell is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Mitchell raised a total of $564,859 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[11]

Christian Mitchell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 26 Won $564,859
Grand Total Raised $564,859


Mitchell won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Mitchell raised a total of $564,859.



In 2014, Mitchell's endorsements included the following:[12]

  • The Illinois Observer


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[13]

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.[14]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kimberly du Buclet (D)
Illinois House of Representatives District 26
Succeeded by