Raymond Lodato

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Raymond Lodato
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 1
Ph.D.University of Chicago
Campaign website
Raymond Lodato was a 2012 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Illinois. Lodato was defeated by incumbent Bobby L. Rush in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1]


Lodato received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. [2]


Lodato currently works at a research firm in Chicago. He is also a Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of Chicago. [2]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website Lodato has 7 leading issues that he is concerned about. They are: [3]

  • Jobs and the Economy: Excerpt: "...I’ll make creating good-paying jobs for residents of the First District my highest priority in Washington."
  • Clean Energy: Excerpt: "...I’ll work to create policies that will mandate greater use of alternative fuels in order to create a demand for green technology and green jobs in the First District."
  • Infrastructure: Excerpt: "...I’ll fight to make sure the First District gets our fair share of funds to repair our roads and bridges and bring our mass transit systems up to date. I’ll work with Chicago’s leaders to extend the “L” to 130th Street and better integrate the CTA, Metra and Pace systems."
  • Transportation: Excerpt: "Currently, we have a world-class airport, but we are lagging behind our foreign competitors in other forms of intercity transportation. We can reclaim our role as a transportation hub by building high-speed rail lines from Chicago to other major cities in the Midwest. As Congressman, I’ll fight for rail construction projects that will give us the transportation network of the 21st Century and provide jobs to residents of the First District."
  • Education: "Every child in our district deserves a quality education that prepares them for the jobs of the 21st Century. As your Congressman, I’ll work to make sure that our schools have the resources they need to educate every child to compete in the global economy, and I’ll work to make college affordable for all our children."
  • Preserving Social Security: "Social Security is the linchpin of the safety net for all Americans. Two-thirds of those who receive Social Security benefits rely on it for most of their income, and about 20 percent of recipients rely on it as their sole source of income. I will fight to save Social Security from those who would undermine it by placing our retirement benefits at the whim of the stock market."
  • Voting Rights: "Recently, many states have passed restrictive laws that seek to limit the voting rights of the elderly, minorities and students. We have fought too long and too hard to go backward on voting rights. As your Congressman, I will sponsor a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to vote for every American citizen."



See also: Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Ladato ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 1st District. Ladato sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[4][5] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Bobby Rush defeated Lodato in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1]

U.S. House, Illinois' 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Rush Incumbent 83.8% 64,533
Jordan Sims 2.6% 1,980
Clifford Russell, Jr. 3.1% 2,412
Fred Smith 2.9% 2,232
Raymond Lodato 4.2% 3,210
Harold Bailey 3.4% 2,598
Total Votes 76,965


Lodato has been married for 14 years and has three sons. [2]

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