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==Voting Record==
==Voting Record==

Revision as of 14:36, 5 March 2012

Debbie Halvorson
Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives, District 11
Illinois State Senate
Crete Township Clerk
High schoolBloom Township High School
Bachelor'sRobert Morris College, Prairie State College
Master'sGovernors State University
OtherDarden School for Emerging Political Leaders at the University of Virginia, Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University
Date of birthMarch 1, 1958
Place of birthChicago Heights, Illinois
Campaign website
Debbie Halvorson is a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois. Halvorson is a former Democratic representative of the 11th district of Illinois.[1]
Debbie Halvorson for House campaign logo.


  • Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights
  • Robert Morris College
  • Prairie State College
  • Governors State University, Master in Communications
  • Darden School for Emerging Political Leaders at the University of Virginia
  • Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University. [2]



Campaign themes


On her campaign website Halvorson has 8 leading issues that she is concerned about. In comparison, Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., her Democratic Primary opponent, lists 5 issues. Halvorson lists the following issues: [3]


Excerpt: "In just two years, I secured over $651 million for the district that put thousands of people back to work while investing in our first responders, transportation infrastructure, and local schools. Together with partners in government and the private sector, we created over 7,000 new jobs with the development of the CenterPoint Intermodal facility."

Leading issue for opponent Jesse L. Jackson: Approveda


Excerpt: "In just two years, I fought to bring home over $651 million to create thousands of jobs by investing in our communities and our local infrastructure. Our diverse infrastructure and our strong workforce provide an opportunity for the 2nd District to be the driver of economic development for the region. I will fight for projects like the I-294/I-57 interchange, Illiana Expressway and the South Suburban Airport that provide opportunities to bring economic development to the area and put people back to work."

Leading issue for opponent Jesse L. Jackson: Defeatedd


Excerpt: "I stood with President Obama and supported the Recovery Act that provided millions to save teachers’ jobs and invest in our schools’ crumbling infrastructure. Our kids can’t possibly learn in an environment where the school is crumbling around them and there are too few teachers to give individualized attention...A quality education strengthens our community and our workforce. I will continue to fight to ensure that the next generation—as well as those wanting to go back to school—have access to a good, quality education options."

Leading issue for opponent Jesse L. Jackson: Approveda


Excerpt: "I supported healthcare reform that closed the Medicare Part D "Donut Hole" and lowered prescription drug costs. I have a record of working to strengthen Social Security and Medicare and have been supported by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. Thanks to the new healthcare reforms, Medicare will be stronger than ever, and I will fight any effort to privatize and weaken Social Security. Our seniors have invested in these great programs, and they expect them to be there when they need them most—I will work hard to ensure we deliver on that promise."

Leading issue for opponent Jesse L. Jackson: Defeatedd


Excerpt: "In our own ways we each honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans. I would like to honor their service and sacrifice by returning to Congress and advocating on their behalf. I will work tirelessly to fight for our veterans, just as they have done for all of us."

Leading issue for opponent Jesse L. Jackson: Defeatedd

Health care

Excerpt: "In Congress I fought to ensure everyone has access to affordable, quality health insurance. I campaigned on that promise, and helped deliver on that promise when President signed the healthcare reform law. Now, insurance companies can no longer discriminate against those with pre-existing conditions or drop coverage simply because someone gets sick. The bill ensured that the same healthcare choices that Members of Congress enjoy, will be available to everyone else... Now as the healthcare reform bill is implemented, I will continue to support measures that provide 2nd District residents with the peace of mind that comes with access to affordable, quality healthcare for you and your family."

Leading issue for opponent Jesse L. Jackson: Approveda


Excerpt: "From Illinois to Washington, I have proven to be a leader that achieves results: results in funding for next-generation wind turbines to power our cities, results in funding for job training to get our families ready to compete, and results in investment in biofuels and nuclear that creates jobs, powers our communities, and brightens our future."

Leading issue for opponent Jesse L. Jackson: Approveda


Excerpt: "Although we have come a long way in terms of equality for women, women still make a fraction of what men make while doing the same job. That is unfair and unacceptable. In Congress, I worked hard to ensure equal pay for women by supporting the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that was signed by President Obama and provided relief for women who were facing pay discrimination in the workplace. I also supported the Paycheck Fairness Act that put gender discrimination on par with other types of discrimination. I have strongly opposed efforts to take away a woman’s right to choose, including the Stupak amendment that forces women to add a separate supplement to their health insurance plans to covers abortion services. This amendment significantly limits a women’s right to choose and effectively eliminates the right of low- and moderate-income women to choose."

Leading issue for opponent Jesse L. Jackson: Defeatedd

Voting Record

Frequency of voting with leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Halvorson has voted with the House Democratic leadership 92.2% of the time.[4] That same analysis reported that she also voted with party leadership 93.6% of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that she votes 93.0% of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[5]

Specific Votes

  • Rep. Halvorson voted for the stimulus bill.[6] 57% of U.S. voters believe that the stimulus has either hurt the economy (36%) or had no impact (21%). 38% believe the stimulus helped the economy. [7]
  • Halvorson also voted in favor of the "Cash for Clunkers" bill.[8] According to a June 2009 Rasmussen Reports poll, 54% of likely U.S. voters opposed Cash for Clunkers, while 35% supported it.[9]
  • Halvorson supported the "Cap and Trade" bill.[10] Just after the bill’s passage, 42% of likely U.S. voters said that cap and trade would hurt the economy, while 19% believed it would help. 15% said that the bill would have no impact.[11]
  • Finally, Halvorson voted in favor of the health care reform bill.[12] 57% of likely voters at least somewhat favor repeal of the health care reform bill, including 46% who strongly favor repeal. 35% of likely voters oppose repeal. 51% of likely voters believe the health care reform bill will be bad for the country, while 36% believe it will be beneficial.[13]

Tornadoes, 2010

Halvorson is quoted as saying she'd commit herself to getting to help needed to her constituents affected by the tornadoes of June 2010, Illinois Statehouse News reported.[14]

Campaign tactics and controversies

  • A supporter of Jesse Jackson, Jr., Halvorson's Democratic Primary opponent, stated Debbie Halvorson's campaign was "driven by demonic forces". In response to this claim, Halvorson stated, while also commenting on Jackson's job as a congressman: “If he had been doing his job, there would be no need for me to run. Whoever said my agenda is demonic is wrong. The people and those who are supporting me are happy I’m running and there’s finally going to be a choice in this race.”[15]
  • During the week of February 19, 2012, Halvorson called for the investigation of the company that has a contract to build an airport in Chicago that was proposed by Jesse Jackson, Jr. According to reports, the company, SNC Lavalin, has faced scrutiny under allegations that it had business ties to Libya after a consultant was accused of trying to smuggle Muammar Gaddafi’s son into Mexico. Jackson has since stated full faith in the company.[16]


2012 Election

  • A poll released by the Halvorson campaign in January 2012 showed the following results between Democratic Primary opponents Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. and Debbie Halvorson.[17]
  • A second poll was released at the same time, by Lake Research Partners, showing similar results to the previous one.[17]
    • Neither polls released a margin of error, therefore, the chart shows zero until those numbers are obtained.
Illinois' Congressional District 2, 2012
Poll Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) Debbie Halvorson (D)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Debbie Halvorson campaign
(January 10-12, 2012)
Lake Research Partners
(January, 2012)
AVERAGES 46% 32.5% 21.5% +/-0 448
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.



See also: Illinois' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Halvorson is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. Halvorson is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket. [18] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. is seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket.


On November 2, 2010, Adam Kinzinger won election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Deborah L. Halvorson (D) in the general election.[19]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 11th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAdam Kinzinger 57.3% 129,108
     Democratic Deborah L. Halvorson Incumbent 42.7% 96,019
Total Votes 225,127


On November 4, 2008, Halvorson won election to the United States House. She defeated Republican Marty Ozinga and Green Party candidate Jason M. Wallace in the general election.[20]

U.S. House, Illinois District 11 General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDebbie Halvorson 58.4% 185,652
     Republican Marty Ozinga 34.5% 109,608
     Green Jason M. Wallace 7.1% 22,635
Total Votes 317,895


Halvorson is married to Jim Bush. They have four children and four grandchildren. [2]

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Halvorson's website with the House
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Debbie Halvorson for Congress "About Debbie" Accessed January 13, 2012
  3. Debbie Halvorson for Congress "Issues" Accessed January 4, 2012
  4. A Line of Sight, July 2010
  5. The Washington Post analysis
  6. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll046.xml
  7. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/economic_stimulus_package/august_2010/38_say_stimulus_plan_helped_economy_36_say_it_hurt
  8. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll314.xml
  9. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/auto_industry/june_2009/54_oppose_cash_for_clunkers_plan_to_spur_purchase_of_greener_cars
  10. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll477.xml
  11. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/environment_energy/42_say_climate_change_bill_will_hurt_the_economy
  12. http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll165.xml
  13. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/healthcare/september_2010/61_favor_repeal_of_health_care_law
  14. "Governor Quinn Visits Tornado Destruction in Central Illinois," Illinois Statehouse News," June 8, 2010
  15. Chicago Tribune, "Rep. Jackson supporter says foe driven by 'political demonic forces'", February 20, 2012
  16. CBS Chicago, "Halvorson Calls For Probe Of Peotone Airport Contractor", February 19, 2012
  17. 17.0 17.1 Sun Times "Jackson and Halvorson release competing polls in congressional race", January 18, 2012
  18. Chicago Tribune "Halvorson takes on Jackson for Congress" Accessed December 5, 2011
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"