Ramachandra (Ram) Villivalam (D-SS08)
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Capitol: 217.782.5500
FAX: 217.782.1967
District: 872.240.2169
District FAX: 773.743.4750
Room M-120 Capitol Building 301 South Second Street
Springfield, IL 62706

District Office:
3851 West Devon Avenue
Chicago, IL 60659
Elected: 2018    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Elizabeth   
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Committee on Transportation
ChairmanSenate Special Committee on Supplier Diversity
MemberSubcommittee on Capital
MemberSenate Special Committee on Pension Investment
MemberSenate Special Committee on Public Safety
MemberSenate Committee on Human Services
MemberSenate Committee on Education
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations II
MemberSenate Committee on Appropriations I
MemberSenate Committee on Labor
MemberSenate Committee on Committee of the Whole
Counties Representing


State Senator Ram Villivalam was born and raised on the northwest side of Chicago. He is the son of Indian Immigrants. His parents came here in the 1970s. Though his father and mother were a civil engineer and a teacher in India respectively, they had to work minimum wage jobs, go back to school, and work their way to more than 25 years each of public service.

Senator Villivalam will always remember their struggles and the middle class values he grew up with.

Senator Villivalam has spent the last four years advocating on behalf of home care for seniors and people with disabilities, child care for working families, Medicaid for those in need.

Prior to that, Senator Villivalam worked at the federal level of government for U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider as his Outreach Director. In this role, he was responsible for outreach on a variety of policy issues and had duties that ranged from signing people up for the Affordable Care Act to organizing Job Fairs.

Senator Villivalam is looking forward to be an effective, proactive, and progressive voice for the people of the 8th District. He will focus on issues such as income equality, reducing gun violence, providing a quality education to children regardless of the zip code they reside in, and advancing both women's and LGBTQ rights.

Additionally, he is incredibly proud to be the first Asian American elected to the Illinois State Senate and the first Indian American elected to the Illinois General Assembly.

Senator Villivalam serves his community in other roles such as President of the Indo-American Democratic Organization (IADO) and serves on the Board of Gun Violence Prevention PAC.

Senator Villivalam lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and his son, Rohan, in the North Mayfair neighborhood in the City of Chicago.

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