I was born and raised in Springfield, IL, and have lived in the Quad Cities for three decades, after moving there as a young investigative reporter. I first won my Congressional seat in 2012, defeating an incumbent who was not prioritizing working families. My decision to run was motivated by my time on East Moline’s City Council, where I represented the Fourth Ward, and a strong belief that I could deliver real results for Illinoisans.In my first race for Congress, I told a journalist that public service is an honor. I still deeply believes that is true.
In my first term, I fought to close the skills gap, to work to cut government waste, and to protect Social Security and Medicare. Since then, I have continued to fight to strengthen working families and grow our middle class. I work every day to be a hard-charging, honest, and committed public servant in Washington for the communities of Northwest and Central Illinois.
Now in my fourth term, I am a leader in the fight to lower health care costs, raise wages and get real results for hardworking families across our region. It is also my priority to fight to lower the costs prescription drugs, protect care for people with pre-existing conditions, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, fight for good paying jobs, stand up for our family farmers, and ensure our government works for the people. I appreciate all those that support this fight and will continue to work to deliver real results for hardworking Illinois families.
US Representative – 17th District