|Illinois House of Representatives District 40|
|January 14, 2009-Present|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Cornell College, 1990|
|Associate's||California Culinary Academy, 1992|
|Birthday||July 30, 1968|
|Place of birth||Chicago, IL|
Mell worked as a Project Manager with Christy Webber Landscapes from 2002-2007.
She was on the Chicago's LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender/Transexual Committee) Board from 2004-2008, is Chair of the Equality Illinois Justice For All Gala, and served on Mayor Richard M. Daley's Advisory Council for Human Relations.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Mell served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education|
|• Housing, Vice-chair|
|• Human Services|
|• Mass Transit, Chair|
|• State Government Administration|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Mell served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Educ|
|• Elections & Campaign Reform|
|• Human Services|
|• Mass Transit, Vice-chair|
|• Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Mell served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Appropriations-Human Services|
|• Elections & Campaign Reform|
|• Mass Transit|
Mell's campaign website lists the following issues:
- "Provide relief to working families hardest hit by the current economic crisis"
- "Provide affordable access to healthcare to all Illinois families"
- "Strengthen our state’s commitment to funding education"
- "Protect and expand rights for women, LGBTs, and minorities"
- "Support initiatives that expand public safety across the state"
Mell won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 40. Mell ran unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and defeated Antoinette Puccio-Johnson (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 40, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Deb Mell Incumbent||81.6%||21,744|
Mell won re-election to the 40th District seat unopposed. She defeated Joe Laiacona in the Democratic primary on February 2nd by a margin of 4,327 to 2,236. The general election took place on November 2, 2010. 
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 40 (2010)|
|Deb Mell (D)||11,889||100.0%|
On November 4, 2008, Democrat Deb Mell won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 40 receiving 16,932 votes, ahead of Republican Christine Nere-Foss (3,399 votes), and Heather Benno (Green) who received 2,276 votes.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 40 (2008)|
|Deb Mell (D)||16,932|
|Christine Nere-Foss (R)||3,399|
|Heather Benno (G)||2,276|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Mell collected $91,809 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:
|Illinois House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Deb Mell's campaign in 2010|
|Friends Of Michael J Madigan||$13,860|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||$4,500|
|Christy Weber Landscaping||$2,500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$91,809|
In 2008, Mell collected $154,970 in donations.
Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.
|Blair Hull Jr.||$10,000|
|Cook County College Teachers Union||$5,000|
|John Joe & Marlene Ricketts||$4,000|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||$3,000|
|Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois||$2,000|
|McGathey Commodities Corp||$1,950|
|Arthur Johnston & Jose Pena||$1,500|
|P W S Environmental Inc.||$1,500|
|Citizens for Mell||$1,013|
|E McCall/Mac McCall Aviation||$1,000|
|Quam II Limited Partnership||$1,000|
Illinois Opportunity Project
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."
Mell received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 55th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.
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- Campaign website
- Illinois General Assembly - Deb Mell
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions:2008
- ↑ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Mell
- ↑ Deb Mell, "Key Issues," accessed October 24, 2012
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
- ↑ Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed January 18, 2013
- ↑ Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results
- ↑ Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2008
- ↑ Follow the money - Illinois House 2010 donors
- ↑ Mell Campaign Donors
- ↑ Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
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