Daniel K. Biss
|Daniel K. Biss|
|Illinois State Senate District 9|
|January 14, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Illinois House of Representatives District 17|
|Bachelor's||Harvard University, 1998|
|Ph.D.||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002|
|Date of birth||August 27, 1977|
|Place of birth||Akron, OH|
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." 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.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Biss served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Higher Education|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Biss served on the following committees:
Biss' campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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.
|Illinois State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Daniel K. Biss||67%||69,064|
Biss won election in the state's November 2, 2010 general election, defeating Hamilton Chang.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 17 (2010)|
|Daniel K. Biss (D)||23,134||54.78%|
|Hamilton Chang (R)||19,096||45.22%|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Biss raised $764,738 in contributions. 
His four largest contributors were:
|Illinois Democratic Party||$208,446|
|Illinois Education Association||$25,472|
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."
Biss received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His 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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Biss and his wife, Karin Steinbrueck, have two sons.
- Illinois House of Representatives - Daniel Biss
- Biss' campaign website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Biss' facebook
- Biss' twitter
- Biss' LinkedIn
- Daniel Biss, Democrat for State Rep., "About Daniel," accessed June 20, 2011.
- Campaign website, Issues
- Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," retrieved August 4, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results
- 2010 contributions
- Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
- Illinois Opportunity Project, Legislative Vote Card home page, accessed February 21, 2013
Jeffrey Schoenberg (D)
|Illinois State Senate District 9
| Succeeded by|
Elizabeth Coulson (R)
|Illinois House of Representatives District 17
| Succeeded by|
Laura Fine (D)