Current Position: US Representative for IL District 2 since 2013
Vice Chair, House Committee on Energy and Commerce
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September 16, 2021 (Short)
Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today voted to favorably report the Build Back Better Act out of the Energy and Commerce committee. The legislation will soon advance to the House floor for final passage.
“The Build Back Better Act will be one of the most transformative pieces of legislation for Americans in generations, and I am proud to have ensured that this bill will include major steps forward in reducing health inequities,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “For too long, Black Americans, people of color, and low-income individuals have been left behind when it comes to healthcare access, leading to disproportionately higher rates of certain illnesses, maternal mortality, and death. No more. We must pass the Build Back Better Act to bring reliable, affordable healthcare coverage to all Americans regardless of where they live or what they look like.”
Congresswoman Kelly’s leadership on several key health equity provisions were key to their inclusion in the final bill text. Inclusion of the below priorities was based on legislation Congresswoman Kelly authored.
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Congresswoman Robin Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families. Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth, reduce health disparities, and end gun violence.
Congresswoman Kelly is Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (the main policy-writing body of the House) and serves on the Health, Energy, and Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittees. Her Energy and Commerce work is focused on expanding access to healthcare, consumer protection for American families and economic development.
Additionally, she is a Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves on the national security and civil rights and civil liberties subcommittees. She also represents the Midwest (Region IV) on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus, and serves as a member of the House Democracy Partnership.
A staunch champion of common sense gun reforms and responsible community policing, Representative Kelly is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce and is the author of The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the crisis.
Committed to improving the health and wellness of vulnerable communities across the country, the Congresswoman serves as the Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and Co-Chairs the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. She also Co-Chairs the House Democratic Policy Group and House Tech Accountability Caucus.
Prior to her election to Congress, Kelly was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, served as Chief Administrative Officer of Cook County (the second largest county in the United States) and was Chief of Staff to Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias – becoming the first African American woman to serve as Chief of Staff to an elected constitutional statewide officeholder.
The daughter of a small business owner and postal worker, Congresswoman Kelly moved to Illinois to attend Bradley University in Peoria, where she earned her B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in counseling. She later received a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University. She lives in Matteson with her husband, Dr. Nathaniel Horn, and has two adult children, Kelly and Ryan.
- Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls, Co-Chair
- Democratic Budget Group, Co-Chair
- Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Co-Chair
- Diversifying Tech Caucus, Co-Chair
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- Congressional Black Caucus
- Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues
- Congressional Diabetes Caucus
- Congressional Oral Health Caucus
- House General Aviation Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys
- Steel Caucus
- Manufacturing Caucus
- Congressional Hellenic Caucus
- Congressional Hellenic-Israeli Alliance Caucus
- Congressional Caucus on Multicultural Media
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Robin Lynne Kelly (born April 30, 1956) is an American politician from Illinois who has served as the U.S. Representative from Illinois’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. A Democrat, Kelly served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007. She then served as chief of staff for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias until 2010. She was the 2010 Democratic nominee for State Treasurer, but was defeated in the general election. Prior to running for Congress, Kelly served as the Cook County chief administrative officer. After winning the Democratic primary, Kelly won the 2013 special election to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr. in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Early life and education
The daughter of a grocer, Robin Lynne Kelly was born in Harlem on April 30, 1956. Hoping to become a child psychologist, she attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. At Bradley, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology (1977/1978) and her Master of Arts in counseling (1982). While in Peoria, she directed a “crisis nursery” and worked in a hospital.
Illinois House of Representatives
In 2002, Kelly decided to challenge a ten-year incumbent Illinois state representative in the Democratic primary. In November, she defeated Republican Kitty Watson 81%–19%
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- Housing & Urban Development
- International Trade & Commerce
- Local Government
- Mass Transit (Vice-Chairman)
State and county government
In January 2007, she resigned her house seat to become chief of staff to Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. She was the first African-American woman to serve as chief of staff to an elected constitutional statewide officeholder. Robin was appointed to become chief administrative officer for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle in 2011.
2010 Illinois treasurer election
In 2010, Kelly ran for Illinois treasurer. In the Democratic primary, she defeated founding member and senior executive of the Transportation Security Administration Justin Oberman, 58%–42%. She won most of the counties in the state, including Cook County with 59% of the vote.
In the November general election, Republican State Senator Dan Rutherford defeated her 50%–45%. She won just six of the state’s 102 counties: Cook (62%), Alexander (52%), Gallatin (51%), St. Clair (50%), Calhoun (49%), and Rock Island (48%) counties.
U.S. House of Representatives
2013 congressional election
Kelly entered the field for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district after Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned just three weeks after being elected to a tenth term. On February 11, 2013, two Chicago-based Democratic congressmen, Bobby Rush and Danny K. Davis, endorsed her.
On February 13, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky endorsed Kelly. A few days later, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed her and committed $2 million in TV ads supporting her by highlighting Kelly’s opposition to the National Rifle Association. She was also endorsed by the Chicago Tribune. On February 17, State Senator Toi Hutchinson decided to drop out to endorse Kelly.
On February 26, she won the Democratic primary in the heavily Democratic, black-majority district with 52% of the vote. In the April 9th general election, she defeated Republican community activist Paul McKinley and a variety of independent candidates with around 71% of the vote.
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- Committee on Oversight and Reform
|Democratic||Harold Murphy (incumbent)||8,526||43.96|
|Republican||Catherine (Kitty) Watson||6,292||19.05|
|Democratic||Robin Kelly (incumbent)||16,028||81.74|
|Democratic||Jonathan J. Jordan||3,580||18.26|
|Democratic||Robin Kelly (incumbent)||41,837||86.15|
|Democratic||Robin Kelly (incumbent)||30,862||100.0|
|Democratic||Justin P. Oberman||343,307||42.08|
|Green||Scott K. Summers||115,772||3.18|
|Democratic||Deborah “Debbie” Halvorson||14,650||25.11|
|Democratic||Anthony A. Beale||6,457||11.07|
|Democratic||Joyce W. Washington||2,563||4.39|
|Democratic||Ernest B. Fenton||1,545||2.65|
|Democratic||Anthony W. Williams||641||1.10|
|Democratic||Mel “Mr” Reynolds||459||0.79|
|Democratic||Clifford J. Eagleton||207||0.35|
|Democratic||Fatimah N. Muhammad||194||0.33|
|Democratic||Larry D. Pickens||127||0.22|
|Democratic||Denise Anita Hill||4||0.01|
|Independent||Elizabeth “Liz” Pahlke||2,525||3.04|
|Green||LeAlan M. Jones||1,531||1.84|
|Independent||Curtiss Llong Bey||548||0.66|
|Write-in votes||Steve Piekarczyk||9||0.01|
|Democratic||Robin Kelly (incumbent)||160,337||78.49|
|Republican||Eric M. Wallace||43,799||21.44|
|Write-in votes||Marcus Lewis||130||0.06|
|Democratic||Robin Kelly (incumbent)||115,752||73.92|
|Democratic||Dorian C.L. Myrickes||6,002||3.83|
|Democratic||Robin Kelly (incumbent)||235,051||79.81|
|Republican||John F Morrow||59,471||20.19|
|Democratic||Robin Kelly (incumbent)||80,659||82.05|
|Democratic||Robin Kelly (incumbent)||190,684||81.06|
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- Women in the United States House of Representatives
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- “Election Results 2010 GENERAL PRIMARY”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
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- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- House Committee on Energy and Commerce (Vice Chair)
- Subcommittee on Health
- Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
- Subcommittee on Consumer Protection
- House Committee on Oversight and Reform.