Robin Kelly

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Robin Kelly
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 2
In office
April 11, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorJesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D)
Elections and appointments
First elected2013
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives, District 38
Bachelor'sBradley University, 1977
Master'sBradley University, 1982
Ph.D.Northern Illinois University, 2004
Date of birthApril 30, 1956
Place of birthNew York, NY
Office website
Campaign website
Robin Kelly campaign logo
Robin Kelly is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Illinois' 2nd congressional district.[1]

Kelly won election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois for the open seat. Kelly won the Democratic primary on February 26, 2012 and won in the general election on April 9, 2013.[2][3]


Kelly earned her BA and MA from Bradley University in 1977 and 1982, respectively. She served in the Illinois State House of Representatives from 2002 to 2006.


Campaign themes


Kelly's campaign website lists the following issues:[4]

  • Supporting Small Businesses
Excerpt: "Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy and the engines of our recovery. As your next Congresswoman, I will work to make the business climate in the 2nd District one that nurtures and supports the entrepreneurial spirit."
  • Supporting the Middle Class
Excerpt: "I will fight back against the Republicans’ assault on the middle class and work to protect the social safety net that was put in place to help hardworking families in tough times."
  • Protecting Seniors
Excerpt: "I will work to protect Social Security and Medicare so that our seniors have the support they’ve earned and deserve."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "I will work to create opportunities for residents and businesses in the 2nd District to participate in infrastructure projects in the district. It’s only right that our residents have a hand in projects that will help shape our future."
  • Women's Health
Excerpt: "I believe in a woman’s right to choose and in her right to make her own decisions about her body and her healthcare."
  • Constituent Services
Excerpt: "My door will always be open. And when I’m not in Washington, D.C. fighting for you, I’ll be traveling the District meeting with you, hearing your concerns and using them to inform the work I’ll do on your behalf."



See also: Illinois' 2nd congressional district special election, 2013

Kelly won in the 2013 special election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 2nd District. The election was held to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr.. Kelly won the Democratic primary on February 26th, 2012 and won the general election.[2] The general election took place on April 9, 2013.[5]


  • Bobby Rush, current U.S. Representative, Illinois 1st congressional district:
"Robin Kelly is a woman of integrity and conviction, and President Obama, Congressman Davis and I need her as our partner in ending gun violence."[6]
  • Mike Quigley, current U.S. Representative, Illinois' 5th congressional district:
"Robin has proven herself to be a dedicated public servant and is the right person to represent Chicago and the Southland."[7]
  • Danny Davis, current U.S. Representative, Illinois' 7th congressional district:
"[Kelly is the right person] if we are going to stop the NRA in their tracks, and make our communities safe again."[6]
  • Jan Schakowsky, current U.S. Representative, Illinois' 9th congressional district:
"One of the reasons is the gun issue. [Kelly] has the view that we need to do some sensible violence prevention legislation."[8]

Democratic Primary

U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRobin Kelly 53.3% 31,079
Debbie Halvorson 25.1% 14,650
Anthony Beale 11.1% 6,457
Joyce Washington 4.4% 2,563
Ernest Fenton 2.6% 1,545
Anthony Williams 1.1% 641
Mel Reynolds 0.8% 459
Clifford Eagleton 0.4% 207
Fatimah Muhammad 0.3% 194
Gregory Haynes 0.2% 144
Larry Pickens 0.2% 127
John Blyth 0.2% 104
Victor Jonathan 0.2% 91
Charles Rayburn 0.1% 74
Denise Anita Hill 0% 4
Total Votes 58,339
Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections



Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary
Poll Debbie Halvorson Toi HutchinsonRobin KellyNapoleon HarrisMel ReynoldsAnthony BealeOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Normington-Petts (January 8-10)
GBA Strategies (January 3-7)
AVERAGES 20.5% 14% 11.5% 8% 7.5% 7.5% 3.5% 27.5% +/-4.65 450
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to


Kelly and her husband, Nathaniel, have two children.[9]

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