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, 2015
Years in position 16
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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]



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

Schakowsky won re-election in November.[4] Schakowsky was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 9th District. Schakowsky had sought 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 District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJan Schakowsky Incumbent 66.3% 194,869
     Republican Timothy Wolfe 33.7% 98,924
Total Votes 293,793
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Illinois' 9th Congressional District 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


Jan Schakowsky (2012)[6] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[7]March 8, 2012$353,372.15$54,382.44$(90,715.50)$317,391.09
April Quarterly[8]April 11, 2012$317,391.09$111,199.62$(47,569.34)$381,021.37
July Quarterly[9]July 12, 2012$381,021.37$233,377.33$(217,558.65)$396,840.05
October Quarterly[10]October 14, 2012$396,840.35$153,334.39$(169,321.56)$380,853.18
Pre-General[11]October 25, 2012$380,853.18$34,953.06$(76,124.79)$339,681.45
Running totals


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.[12]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Schakowsky paid her congressional staff a total of $1,219,538 in 2011. She ranks 8th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and she ranks 8th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Schakowsky's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $12,025 and $433,999. That averages to $223,012, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[14]

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.[15]

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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.[16]

External links


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