Emanuel "Chris" Welch

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Emanuel "Chris" Welch
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Illinois House of Representatives, District 7
In office
January 9, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolProviso West High School
Bachelor'sNorthwestern University (1993)
J.D.John Marshall Law School (1997)
Personal website
Campaign website
Emanuel "Chris" Welch is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Welch earned his B.S. in Speech from Northwestern University in 1993 and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 1997. His professional experience includes working as a partner at the law firm of Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman Limited Liability Partnership, a weekend assignment editor for WGN-TV, Channel 9 News, Associate for James J. Roche & Associates, and partner at Sanchez/Daniels/Hoffman Limited Liability Partnership.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Higher Education
Health Care Availability Access
Higher Education
Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development
Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges


Campaign themes


Welch's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Help create new construction jobs by supporting capital development plans for road construction and school renovation projects"
  • Education
Excerpt: "Provide full and equal funding of public education while making the cost of education less dependent on real estate taxes"
  • Crime
Excerpt: "Close gun show loopholes and stiffen penalties on crimes committed with a firearm"
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Provide healthcare to all underprivileged children."
  • Consumer Protection
Excerpt: "Support strengthening the Consumer Fraud Act and protecting those who have been ripped off by car dealers and those taken advantage of by predatory lenders."
  • Homeowner Assistance
Excerpt: "Support programs to assist struggling homeowners with refinancing."



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 Emanuel "Chris" Welch was set to face Antoinette "Toni" Gray in the Democratic primary, but Gray was removed from the ballot on January 22, 2014, leaving Welch unopposed. Welch was unchallenged in the general election. Mark Salisipan (R) withdrew from the race on December 24, 2013.[3][4][5]


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Welch won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 7. Welch defeated Beyonca Johnson, Princess Dempsey and Rory Hoskins in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChris Welch 100% 35,505
Total Votes 35,505
Illinois House of Representatives, District 7 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Welch 39.1% 4,670
Princess Dempsey 8.4% 1,007
Beyonca Johnson 13.7% 1,634
Rory Hoskins 38.8% 4,634
Total Votes 11,945

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Welch is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Welch raised a total of $359,223 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[9]

Emanuel Welch's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 7 Won $216,964
2006 Illinois State House, District 7 Defeated $142,259
Grand Total Raised $359,223


Welch won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Welch raised a total of $216,964.


Welch lost the election for the Illinois House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Welch raised a total of $142,259.



In 2014, Welch's endorsements include the following:[10]

  • Planned Parenthood Illinois Action
  • Italian American Political Coalition
  • Personal PAC
  • Equality Illinois
  • AFFI


Welch is married and has two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Karen Yarbrough (D)
Illinois House of Representatives District 7
2013 – Present
Succeeded by