|U.S. House, Illinois, District 2|
|April 11, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 38|
|Bachelor's||Bradley University, 1977|
|Master's||Bradley University, 1982|
|Ph.D.||Northern Illinois University, 2004|
|Birthday||April 30, 1956|
|Place of birth||New York, NY|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 Campaign themes
- 3.2 Legislative actions
- 3.2.1 113th Congress
- 3.2.2 National security
- 3.2.3 Economy
- 3.2.4 Immigration
- 3.2.5 Healthcare
- 3.2.6 Social issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Polls
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Kelly won election to the U.S. House in the special election for the 2nd Congressional District of Illinois for the open seat left by Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.. Kelly won the Democratic primary on February 26, 2012 and won in the general election on April 9, 2013.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Kelly is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Kelly earned her BA and MA from Bradley University in 1977 and 1982, respectively.
Kelly's campaign website lists the following issues:
- 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."
- 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."
113th Congress113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Kelly's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements." The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Kelly was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Kelly voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Kelly voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Kelly voted in favor of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
National Defense Authorization Act
Kelly voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Kelly voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Kelly voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act
Kelly voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.
Kelly voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013 by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
In June 2013, more than two dozen House Democrats, including Kelly, took part in a SNAP challenge, feeding themselves for a week on the average benefit level of a SNAP recipient. Participants agreed to eat all meals from a limited food budget comparable to that of a SNAP participant, approximately $1.50 per meal, or $4.50 a day.
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. The general election took place on April 9, 2013.
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
|U.S. House, Illinois District 2 Special Democratic Primary, 2013|
|Denise Anita Hill||0%||4|
|Source: Results via Illinois State Board of Elections|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Kelly's reports.
|Robin Kelly (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Illinois' 3rd Congressional District, Democratic primary|
|Poll||Debbie Halvorson||Toi Hutchinson||Robin Kelly||Napoleon Harris||Mel Reynolds||Anthony Beale||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Normington-Petts (January 8-10)||16%||12%||8%||7%||7%||5%||5%||40%||+/-4.9||400|
|GBA Strategies (January 3-7)||25%||16%||15%||9%||8%||10%||2%||15%||+/-4.4||500|
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Kelly most often votes with:
Kelly least often votes with:
Voting with party
Robin Kelly voted with the Democratic Party 96.5% of the time, which ranked 18th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Kelly and her husband, Nathaniel, have two children.
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- U.S. House website
- Robin Kelly for Congress official campaign website
- Biography, bills and committees at the Illinois General Assembly
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- Political profiles:
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- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money (2002, 2004, 2006)
- Advisory Board profile at Northern Illinois University
- U.S. House "Robin Kelly Sworn into Office" Accessed April 12, 2013
- AP.org "Illinois - Summary Vote Results," accessed February 26, 2013
- Politico "2013 Election Results" Accessed April 9, 2013
- Project Votesmart "Biography" Accessed June 16, 2013
- robinkellyforcongress.org "The Issues," accessed February 20, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
- Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
- Project Votesmart, "Robin Kelly," accessed October 1, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- U.S. House.gov, "Full Member List of Congressional Snap Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
- Feeding America, "Taking the SNAP Challenge," accessed September 25, 2013
- Politico "2013 Election Results" Accessed April 9, 2013
- Chicago Tribune "U.S. Reps. Rush, Davis back Kelly for Jackson Jr. seat," February 10, 2013
- eNews Park Forest "Congressman Mike Quigley Endorses Robin Kelly for 2nd Congressional District Special Election," February 19, 2013
- Roll Call "Illinois: Schakowsky to Endorse Robin Kelly in Special Election," February 13, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Robin Kelly 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Rep. Robin Kelly," Accessed August 1, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- Project Vote Smart biography
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