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Judy Biggert

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Judy Biggert
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 11th Congressional District
Date of primaryMarch 20, 2012
General electionNovember 6, 2012
Current office
U.S. House, Illinois, District 13
In office
January 3, 1999-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 15
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1998
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives, 81st District
High schoolNew Trier High School (1955)
Bachelor'sStanford University (1959)
J.D.Northwestern University School of Law (1963)
BirthdayAugust 15, 1937
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Office website
Campaign website
Judy Biggert is a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. Biggert (born August 15, 1937) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Biggert serves the 13th Congressional district of Illinois. She was first elected in 2010.

Biggert is running for re-election in 2012. She is currently unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20.[1]


Biggert was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 15, 1937 and attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois.[2] Biggert began her legal career as clerk to the Honorable Luther M. Swygert, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. [2]

  • Education[2]
    • New Trier High School (1955)
    • B.A. Stanford University (1959)
    • J.D. Northwestern University School of Law (1963)


  • 1978-1985: Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education[2]
    • 1983-1985: President, Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Board of Education
  • 1989-1993: Chairman, Hinsdale Plan Commission[2]
  • 1993-1999: Illinois House of Representatives, 81st District[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House



Political positions

Percentage voting with party

Judy Biggert voted with the Republican Party 88 of the time, which ranked 211 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[3]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Judy Biggert endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Campaign themes


Biggerts' main campaign themes include: [5]

  • Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "With millions unemployed and small businesses struggling, I strongly believe we must enact common-sense policies that encourage job creation and retention. I’ve also always believed that Americans are taxed too much, not too little. That’s why we must lower taxes and implement a fiscally-responsible budget to get our economy back on track."
  • Government Reform
Excerpt: "Americans have lost faith in their government, and I don’t blame them. Numerous elected officials, especially here in Illinois, have been indicted for corruption. And special federal appropriations, or earmarks, are being requested for the Alaskan ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ a Woodstock Hippie Museum, and many other irresponsible government spending projects."
  • Health Care Reform
Excerpt: "The job-killing taxes, cuts to Medicare for our seniors, and government intrusion into doctor-patient decisions will hurt all Americans. We need a targeted approach to address the problems of cost, quality, and access."



See also: Illinois' 11th congressional district elections, 2012

Biggert is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 11th District. Biggert is seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket against John Cunningham. Diane Harris was removed from the ballot but is running as a write-in. [6] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Judy Biggert for House campaign logo.

Removal of challengers

On February 2, 2012, the State Board of Elections disqualified challengers John Cunningham and Diane Harris, removing them from the ballot. In order to qualify, candidates need to submit 600 valid signatures. Harris, a notary public, was unanimously removed for not having enough signatures, while Cunningham, was removed by a vote of 6-2.[7] Cunningham, who serves as Kane County clerk, submitted 1,265 signatures, but only 526 were ruled to be valid. A state hearing officer threw out hundreds of signatures from Cunningham because they were collected by a paid petitioner who listed a non-existent address as his home.[8] Cunningham previously attempted to remove Biggert from the ballot, but saw the challenge rejected 8-0.

Following the rulings, Harris is continuing to run, but as a write-in candidate.[9] Although Cunningham initially said, "I’m an elected official and if we did it wrong, we don’t belong on the ballot,”[10] it now looks like he is appealing. According to Ken Menzel, Deputy General Counsel for the Board of Elections, Cunningham filed for judicial review of the decision on February 7.[11] In his dissent, Board member Jesse Smart said the arguments in the case were confusing and should have seen a different outcome, stating, “If I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of the candidate."[7]On February 21, 2012, a hearing was held regarding Cunningham's appeal of his removal. Judge Susan Fox Gillis reversed the Illinois Board of Elections decision, placing Cunningham back on the ballot. "To me it was the kind of error that did not merit disenfranchising voters," Cunningham said.[12]


  • National Education Association[13]

Targeted by super PAC

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, a Houston-based super PAC, has their sights set on defeating three Illinois incumbent members of Congress in 2012 - Biggert, Donald Manzullo (R) and Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D).[14]

The CPA, which is going after incumbents of both parties, states on their website "Our goal is to bring true competition to our electoral process, to give voters real information about their choices, and to restore fair, not fixed, elections."[15]

As of February 16, 2012, Biggert has been in office longer than 281 members of congress. Eighteen have been in office the same number of years as Biggert, while 136 have been in office longer than her. In the Illinois delegation, she has been in office longer than 10 of the 17 other members. One has the same number of years as Biggert, while six have served for a longer period of time.


On November 2, 2010, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Scott Harper (R) in the general election.[16]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois Congressional District 13 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJudy Biggert 63.8% 152,132
     Democratic Scott Harper 36.2% 86,281
Total Votes 238,413


On November 4, 2008, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Scott Harper (D) and Steve Alesch (G) in the general election.[17]


On November 7, 2006, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Joseph Shannon (D) in the general election.[18]


On November 2, 2004, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Gloria Schor Andersen (R) in the general election.[19]


On November 5, 2002, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Tom Mason (R) in the general election.[20]


On November 7, 2000, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Thomas Mason (R) in the general election.[21]


On November 3, 1998, Biggert won election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Susan W. Hynes (D) in the general election.[22]

Campaign Donors


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

Biggert won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Biggert's campaign committee raised a total of $1,584,517 and spent $1,236,454 .[23]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 13th Congressional District, 2010 - Judy Biggert Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,584,517
Total Spent $1,236,454
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $648,365
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $616,389
Top contributors to Judy Biggert's campaign committee
Northern Trust$16,300
Molex Inc$15,600
Exelon Corp$14,800
CME Group$13,000
JPMorgan Chase & Co$12,050
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$123,026
Securities & Investment$98,850
Commercial Banks$61,750

Recent news

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Biggert and her husband Rody are the parents of four children and the grandparents of nine grandchildren. [24]

See also

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  1. ABC 7 Chicago, "," February 3, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Congresswoman Judy Biggert "About Judy" Accessed November 3, 2011
  3. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  4. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  5. Biggert for Congress "Issues" Accessed December 30, 2011
  6. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 Daily Herald, "Biggert to be unopposed in primary," February 2, 2012
  8. Chicago Tribune, "Biggert now unopposed in GOP race," February 2, 2012
  9. Diane M. Harris campaign website, "Statement," accessed February 8, 2012
  10. Herald-News, "Biggert’s GOP challengers removed from primary race," February 2, 2012
  11. Phone communication with Ken Menzel on February 2012
  12. Daily Herald "Cunningham to face Biggert in 11th District," February 21, 2012
  13. Beacon News, "Durbin, NEA endorsements highlight 11th District’s national importance," February 21, 2012
  14. Chicago Business, "Ricketts-backed super PAC targets three Illinois incumbents in Congress," February 13, 2012
  15. Campaign for Primary Accountability "About," Accessed February 2, 2012
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2002"
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
  23. Open Secrets "Judy Biggert 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 3, 2011
  24. Judy Biggert: Fighting for Us "About Judy" Accessed November 3, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Harris W. Fawell
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, 13th district
Succeeded by