Patricia Van Pelt Watkins

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Patricia Van Pelt Watkins
Patricia Van Pelt Watkins.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 5
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$132/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFenger High School
AssociateTruman College
Bachelor'sRoosevelt University
Master'sSpertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Ph.D.Capella University
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Office website
Campaign website
Patricia Van Pelt Watkins is a Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 5 since January 2013.

Watkins earned an Associate Degree in Natural Science from Truman College, Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University, Masters Degree in Human Services Administration from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, and a CPA Doctorate in Management of Non-Profit Agencies from Capella University.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Van Pelt Watkins served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations I



See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Van Pelt Watkins won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 5. Watkins defeated incumbent Annazette Collins in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012[2] and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012. [3][4][5]

Illinois State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Van Pelt Watkins 100% 71,597
Total Votes 71,597

Illinois State Senate, District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Van Pelt Watkins 53.5% 10,081
Annazette R. Collins Incumbent 46.5% 8,761
Total Votes 18,842

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Watkins was born on the Near North Side of Chicago and grew up in Cabrini Green. She is the founder of Target Area Development Corp and co-founder of Ambassadors of Christ Church.[1]

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