Mike Quigley

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Mike Quigley
Mike Quigley.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 5
In office
April 7, 2009-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2009
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Cook County Board of Commissioners
High schoolGlenbard North High School (1971)
Bachelor'sRoosevelt University
Master'sUniversity of Chicago
J.D.Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Date of birthOctober 17, 1958
Place of birthIndianapolis, Indiana
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Quigley campaign logo
Michael "Mike" Quigley (b. October 17, 1958) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Quigley was elected by voters from Illinois' 5th congressional district. Quigley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Quigley is a "moderate Democratic follower".[2]


Quigley did his undergraduate work at Roosevelt University, earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, and a law degree from the Loyola University School of Law, all in Chicago. He also served as an adjunct professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago and Roosevelt University, lecturing on politics, the environment and local government. He was a practicing lawyer for almost twenty years.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives



House Judiciary Committee

Congressman Quigley was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Congress in 2009. Quigley serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Courts and Competition Policy, and Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.[4]

Campaign themes

According to his website, Quigley's campaign themes include:

  • Environment: "...to create cleaner air, jobs, improve health, protect the environment, and increase our energy independence."
  • Jobs: "...meets regularly with small business owners in the Fifth District, working hard to eliminate red tape and financial barriers to increased hiring, and seeking new and creative ways to increase opportunity."
  • Healthcare: "been a vocal opponent of cuts in Medicaid funding which would have a devastating impact on the health care workforce and the health plans of public sector workers."[5]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Quigley voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



See also: Illinois' 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Quigley was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinos' 5th District. Quigley sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Quigley ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. He will face Republican candidate Dan Schmitt in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Quigley won re-election in November.[7]

U.S. House, Illinois District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Quigley Incumbent 65.7% 177,729
     Republican Dan Schmitt 28.6% 77,289
     Green Nancy Wade 5.7% 15,359
Total Votes 270,377
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"


On November 2, 2010, Quigley won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated David Ratowitz (R) and Matthew Reichel (G) in the general election.[8]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 5th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMike Quigley Incumbent 70.6% 108,360
     Republican David Ratowitz 25.4% 38,935
     Green Matthew Reichel 4% 6,140
Total Votes 153,435

Campaign donors


Mike Quigley (2012)[9] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[10]March 8, 2012$509,684.82$67,854.82$(33,118.80)$544,420.84
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2012$54,420.84$47,560.00$(70,728.47)$521,252.37
July Quarterly[12]July 15, 2012$521,252.37$128,890$(82,961.99)$567,180.38
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2012$567,180.38$78,200$(133,591.68)$511,788.70
Running totals


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

Quigley won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Quigley's campaign committee raised a total of $1,301,374 and spent $1,087,121 .[14]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Quigley paid his congressional staff a total of $1,111,255 in 2011. He ranks 147th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 55th 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.[15]

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, Quigley's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-34,998 and $119,998. That averages to $42,500, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[16]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Mike Quigley voted with the Democratic Party 90 of the time, which ranked 147 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[17]


Quigley lives with his wife Barbara, daughters Alyson and Meghan, and two dogs in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood where he has lived since 1982.[18]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
Rahm Emanuel
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois' District 5
Succeeded by