Jan Schakowsky

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Jan Schakowsky
Janice D. Schakowsky.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 9
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 16
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1998
Next general2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Date of birthMay 26, 1944
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionNon-Profit Program Director
ReligionReform Judaism
Office website
Campaign website
Jan Schakowsky campaign logo
Janice D. "Jan" Schakowsky (b. May 26, 1944) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Schakowsky was first elected by voters from Illinois' 9th congressional district in 1998. Schakowsky defeated challenger Simon Ribeiro in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Schakowsky is a "far-left Democratic leader".[2]


Schakowsky was born in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 with a B.S. in elementary education.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Schakowsky serves on the following committees:[3]


Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Janice D. Schakowsky voted with the Democratic Party 93 of the time, which ranked 77 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[4]



See also: Illinois' 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Schakowsky is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 9th District. Schakowsky is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Schakowsky defeated challenger Simon Ribeiro in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1] Candidate Timothy Wolfe run unopposed in the Republican primary and will face Schakowsky in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois' 9th Congressional District Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Schakowsky Incumbent 91.9% 48,124
Simon Ribeiro 8.1% 4,270
Total Votes 52,394


On November 2, 2010, Schakowsky won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Joe Barry Pollak (R) and Simon Ribeiro (Green) in the general election.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 9th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJanice D. Schakowsky Incumbent 66.3% 117,553
     Republican Joe Barry Pollak 31.1% 55,182
     Green Simon Ribeiro 2.5% 4,472
Total Votes 177,207

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Schakowsky's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Schakowsky won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Schakowsky's campaign committee raised a total of $1,520,106 and spent $1,633,678.[6]

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Schakowsky resides in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband Robert Creamer. She has three children, Ian, Mary, and stepdaughter Lauren Creamer, and four grandchildren, Isabel, Eve, Lucy, and William.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sidney Yates
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 9
Succeeded by