Daniel K. Biss

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Daniel K. Biss
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Current candidacy
Running for Illinois State Senate District 9
Date of primaryMarch 20, 2012
General electionNovember 6, 2012
Current office
Illinois House of Representatives District 17
In office
January 12, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 4
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/per session day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard University, 1998
Ph.D.Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002
Date of birthAugust 27, 1977
Place of birthAkron, OH
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Daniel K. Biss (b. August 27, 1977) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives. Biss represents the 17th District. He was elected in November of 2010.

From 2005 to 2008, Biss was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and from 2002 to 2005, the L.E. Dickson Instructor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. He previously made an unsuccessful bid for the 17th District seat in 2008. He volunteered for organizations supporting Senator John Kerry in the 2008 presidential elections and claims to be a "seasoned grassroots organizer."[1] He serves on the Evanston Environment Board, was President of the Democratic Party of Evanston and serves on the board of the Indo-American Democratic Organization and the Chicago branch of Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century.

Biss earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


Biss' campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs and the Economy
Excerpt: "I have a five-point plan for job creation for Illinois that includes investment in small business, technology, and education. My plan focuses on innovation and is rooted in the principles of efficiency, transparency, and sustainability."
  • Political Reform
Excerpt: "While the state faces many problems that demand creative solutions, none is more pressing than political reform that will restore the public confidence in our government."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Illinois schools must prepare our children for the future. In a global economy, American competitiveness rests on providing each student with the best possible education. Improving Illinois's schools is my top priority."
  • Health Care
Excerpt: "As your State Representative, I will fight to fix our broken health care system. In particular, I will support efforts to provide health insurance coverage to all Illinoisans."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Today, however, we face the largest environmental challenge in history, the threat of global warming. As your State Representative, I will work to ensure that Illinois is a leader in developing the policies and technologies needed to solve global warming and the other environmental challenges of our time."
  • Choice
Excerpt: "Experience has taught us that the best way to keep abortion safe but rare is to combine pro-choice laws with broad reproductive health education programs."
  • Smart Growth
Excerpt: "I believe that Illinois should invest in the health of existing communities, rather than subsidizing sprawling growth in largely undeveloped exurban areas."
  • Civil Rights
Excerpt: "As your State Representative, I will consistently work to pass laws that support and strengthen these rights and protections."



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Biss won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 9. Biss was unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and defeated Glenn Farkas (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Illinois State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel K. Biss 67% 69,064
     Republican Glenn Farkas 33% 34,081
Total Votes 103,145


Biss won election in the state's November 2, 2010 general election, defeating Hamilton Chang.[5]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 17 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel K. Biss (D) 23,134 54.78%
Hamilton Chang (R) 19,096 45.22%

Campaign donors


In 2010, Biss raised $764,738 in contributions. [6]

His four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Illinois Democratic Party $208,446
Illinois Education Association $25,472
AFSCME $20,000
Rossman, Beverly $20,000

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Biss and his wife, Karin Steinbrueck, have two sons.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Elizabeth Coulson
Illinois House of Representatives District 17
Succeeded by