Kimberly Lightford

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Kimberly Lightford
Kimberly Lightford.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 4
In office
1998 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 17
Assistant Majority Leader
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Trustee, Village of Maywood
1997 - 2003
Bachelor'sWestern Illinois University
Master'sUniversity of Illinois
Date of birthMay 10, 1968
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Office website
Personal website
Kimberly Lightford is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate. She has represented District 4 since 1998 and currently serves as an Assistant Majority Leader. Lightford was re-elected in November of 2010 with her term expiring in 2015.

Lightford is a full time State Senator. Lightford graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Western Illinois and her Master's in Public Administration from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Committee of the Whole
Education, Vice-Chairperson
Executive Appointments
Financial Institutions
Higher Education


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lightford served on these committees:

  • Subcommittee on Education, Vice Chair


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Lightford served on these committees:[2]



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Lightford won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 4. She was unopposed in the Democratic Primary on March 20[3][4] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5]

Illinois State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKimberly Lightford Incumbent 100% 78,011
Total Votes 78,011


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2010

Lightford won for re-election to the 4th District Seat in the Illinois State Senate with no opposition. The election took place on November 2, 2010.[6]

Illinois State Senate, District 4 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kimberly Lightford (D) 48,129 100.0%

Lightford ran unopposed in the Democratic primary election on February 2nd.[7]


On November 4, 2006, Democrat Kimberly Lightford won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 4 receiving 45,857 votes, ahead of Republican Antoinette Ruback (5,969 votes).[8]

Illinois State Senate, District 4 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kimberly Lightford (D) 45,857
Antoinette Ruback (R) 5,969

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Lightford received $124,281 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]


In 2006, Lightford collected $130,789 in donations.[10]

Listed below are those that contributed most to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Illinois Education Association $16,000
Renaissance Hospital Management $9,600
Comed $7,500
Humana $5,550
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $4,500
Midway Airport Concessionaires $3,000
Paul Hellerman $2,500
Chicago Teachers Union $2,500
Enadayal Gaddam $2,500
Best Efforts $2,000
Ameren $2,000
Illinois Federation of Teachers $2,000
Scheck Mechanical $2,000
Construction & General Laborers District Council of Chicago & Vicinity $2,000
Illinois Bankers Association $2,000
Food & Commercial Workers Local 881 $1,540
Illinois Credit Union League $1,500
AT&T $1,500
Community Bankers Association of Illinois $1,500
Nicor Gas $1,250


Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[11][12]


Lightford received a score of 0 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the lowest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[12]

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District 4

Lightford represents Illinois Senate District 4. District 4 includes in the Northwest and Near West sides of Chicago[13].


Lightford is single and resides in Maywood, Illinois.

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Illinois Senate District 4
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