Patricia Van Pelt Watkins

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Patricia Van Pelt Watkins
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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$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolFenger High School
Associate'sTruman 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. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Watkins earned her Bachelor's in Public Administration from Roosevelt University, her Master's in Human Services Administration from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, and her C.P.A. and 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
Committee of the Whole
Criminal Law
Labor and Commerce
Public Health



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

Comprehensive donor information for Watkins is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Watkins raised a total of $360,526 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.[6]

Patricia Van Pelt Watkins's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 5 Won $360,526
Grand Total Raised $360,526


Watkins won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Watkins raised a total of $360,526.


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[7]

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In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[8]

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Watkins is the founder of Target Area Development Corp and co-founder of Ambassadors of Christ Church.[1]

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