Patricia (Patricia) Van Pelt (D-SS05)
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Room 121-A Capitol Building 301 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706

District Office:
1016 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60607
Elected: 2012    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 11/12/1957
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Committee on Public Health
MemberSubcommittee on CLEAR Compliance
MemberSubcommittee on Prisons
MemberSenate Committee on State Government
MemberSenate Committee on Criminal Law
MemberSenate Committee on Agriculture
MemberSenate Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care
MemberSenate Committee on Higher Education
MemberSenate Committee on Energy and Public Utilities
MemberSenate Committee on Committee of the Whole
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Patricia Van Pelt was first elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. A lifelong resident of Chicago, Senator Van Pelt's life did not start out on an easy path. She grew up in the Cabrini Green Projects in a single-parent home, along with her six siblings.

Van Pelt has a diverse employment background as a former drill operator and union steward at the Ingersoll Steel Mill from 1974 to 1982. After her time at the steel mill, Van Pelt co-founded Ambassadors of Christ Church and was chief business administrator of Ambassadors for Christ World Outreach Ministries.

Van Pelt dropped out of school by age fifteen, but later went on to earn her associate's degree in natural science from Truman College and her bachelor's degree in public administration at Roosevelt University. She later earned her master's degree in human services administration from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies and a doctorate in management of non-profit agencies from Capella University. Van Pelt also is a certified public accountant and an author.

Van Pelt lives on Chicago's west side with her husband, Gene.

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