Jan (Jan) Schakowsky (D-USH09)
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Residence: Evanston, IL
Elected: 1998    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Robert Creamer   DOB: 5/26/1944
Committee Assignments
ChairmanInternational Workers' Rights Caucus
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce
Co-ChairBipartisan Congressional PCOS Caucus
Co-Vice ChairTom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Co-ChairCongressional Task Force on Seniors
Co-ChairCongressional Czech Caucus
Co-ChairOut of Iraq Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
FC MemberCongressional Osteoporosis Caucus
FC MemberGlobal AIDS Emergency Task Force
FC MemberHouse Central Africa Caucus
Co-ChairNo War With Iran Caucus
FC MemberAfrican Great Lakes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus Religious Minorities in the Middle East
FC MemberFuture of American Media Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Serbian American Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Croatian Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Bulgaria
FC MemberCongressional Robotics Caucus
FC MemberOut of Afghanistan Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to Cure Blood Cancers and Other Blood Disorders
MemberHouse Committee on Budget
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Bosnia
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change
FC MemberHouse BioFuels Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Food Safety Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Homelessness
FC MemberMalaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Poland
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Judicial Branch
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberHouse Livable Communities Task Force
Vice ChairCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberPopulist Caucus
FC MemberAmericans Abroad Caucus
FC MemberAmerican Sikh Congressional Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Full Employment Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Pakistan Caucus
FC MemberFriends of New Zealand Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Neuroscience Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Caucus (COPD)
FC MemberCongressional Baby Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Kidney Caucus
FC MemberSudan and South Sudan Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Ukraine Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lupus Caucus
FC MemberCrohn's and Colitis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biomedical Research Caucus
FC MemberHouse Trade Working Group [HTWG]
FC MemberCongressional JOBS NOW! Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberHouse Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Zoo and Aquarium Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Job Corps Congressional Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Vision Caucus
FC MemberMilitary Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Social Work Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Career and Technical Education Caucus (CTE)
FC MemberBipartisan Disabilities Caucus (BDC)
FC MemberPublic Broadcasting Caucus
FC MemberOut of Poverty Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Humanities Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HIV/AIDS Caucus
FC MemberClimate Solutions Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Primary Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus
FC MemberHouse Hunger Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
FC MemberCongressional Childhood Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rare and Neglected Diseases Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Native American Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Nursing Caucus
FC MemberHouse National Service Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Historic Preservation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Competitiveness in Entertainment Technology (E-Tech Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Labor and Working Families Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans
FC MemberCongressional Medicare for All Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
FC MemberCongressional TRIO Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus (ATR)
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
Advisory MemberWomen Veterans Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberSustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Cystic Fibrosis Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Arts Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (House)
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing


Jan Schakowsky was elected to represent Illinois' 9th Congressional District in 1998, after serving for eight years in the Illinois State Assembly. She is in her eleventh term.

Schakowsky serves in the House Democratic Leadership as a Senior Chief Deputy Whip. She is a member of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, House Budget Committee, as well as the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where she serves as Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and as a member of the Environment and Oversight & Investigations Subcommittees.

In 2010, Speaker Pelosi appointed Schakowsky to serve on President Obama's 18-member National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. She opposed the deficit reduction proposal presented by co-chairs Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson and offered her own approach, which reached the same fiscal goals without cutting Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. The Schakowsky plan addressed the real and growing problem of income disparity - which is at its greatest level since 1928 - and protects middle-class families.

In Congress, Schakowsky focuses on health care and senior issues. She was a leader in passing the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide healthcare coverage to all Americans. Schakowsky was responsible for provisions in the law to require improved review of insurance company premiums, nursing home quality protections, and initiatives to increase the number of health care providers, which benefit seniors and all Americans. A champion for the nation's seniors, Schakowsky continues the fight to prevent the privatization of Social Security and Medicare, and to make prescription drugs more affordable. She spearheaded the creation of the Seniors Task Force in the 111th Congress and continues to serve as Co-Chair in the 116th Congress in the now-renamed Task Force on Aging and Families.

Schakowsky believes the number one priority in this Congress is to create jobs and restore a vibrant middle class. She has introduced the Patriot Corporations of America Act to reward companies that hire American workers and to eliminate tax incentives to businesses for sending jobs overseas. She introduced the Fairness in Taxation Act to create higher tax brackets for millionaires and billionaires.

A leading advocate for women's issues in Congress, Schakowsky has long been involved in the fight to protect women's reproductive freedom. She continues her work to prevent violence against immigrant women, achieve economic parity, and establish transitional housing for women and children who are victims of abuse. Schakowsky is the sponsor of the International Violence Against Women Act, which would make the safety of women and girls around the world a long-overdue U.S. foreign policy priority.

Schakowsky has consistently voted for measures to support Israel's peace and security. She strongly supports helping Israel reach a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians. As a Jewish Congresswoman, Schakowsky has a deep personal connection to the State of Israel and pledges a continued friendship. Schakowsky also worked closely with President Barack Obama to assure completion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) designed to cut off all Iranian pathways to a nuclear weapon.

Throughout her time in Congress, Schakowsky has won major legislative victories. These include important provisions in the Affordable Care Act, as well as laws that protect seniors, from abusive terms in reverse mortgages, require greater transparency for military contractors, require the strongest possible mandatory safety standards and testing for infant and toddler products - including high chairs, cribs and bath seats - and require strict car safety measures to protect children.

A longtime grassroots organizer and consumer advocate, Schakowsky began her leadership career in 1969 when she led the fight that put freshness dates on products sold in the supermarket. Prior to her election to Congress, Schakowsky represented the 18th District in the Illinois General Assembly for eight years. She served as a Democratic Floor Leader and as Secretary of the Conference of Women Legislators.

For twenty years before her election to the Illinois State House, Schakowsky fought for the public interest and rights of Illinois citizens. As Program Director of Illinois Public Action from 1976 to 1985 - the state's largest public interest organization - Schakowsky fought for energy reform and stronger protection from toxic chemicals. As Director of the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens from 1985 to 1990, she organized across the state for lower cost prescription drugs and tax relief for seniors, financial protection for the spouses of nursing home residents and other benefits for the elderly.

Jan lives in Evanston, Illinois, with her husband Robert Creamer and their two energetic rescue dogs, Franklin and Eleanor (Frankie and Ellie for short). She has three children, Ian, Mary, and stepdaughter Lauren Travers, and six grandchildren, Isaac, Eve, Lucy, William, Aidan and Alice. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1965 with a B.S. in Elementary Education.

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