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State Rep. Christian Mitchell began his public service career as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side, advocating for living wage jobs, adequate housing, improved transportation, and equitable schools.
During his first term as a member of the General Assembly, Christian focused on increasing safety and finding solutions for the most vulnerable constituents in his district. Christian voted to provide health insurance coverage for thousands of residents in his district who were previously not covered and for those who need health coverage the most – like children who must be kept on ventilators, those who have epilepsy and the developmentally disabled.
Christian is fighting to ban assault weapons, close background check loopholes and toughen penalties on illegal gun crimes. He passed a law requiring background checks on all private handgun sales to help keep illegal guns out of our neighborhoods and worked to create more after-school programs to give children safe places away from gangs and violence. Christian also fought to protect our families by making it illegal to carry firearms into restaurants and churches and at our children's daycares and schools.
To help curb youth violence, Christian passed legislation giving judges the ability to issue extended sentences to criminals convicted of dangerous mob action that involved the use of social networks to help organize their crimes.
To help put struggling families on a path to a living wage, Christian supports increasing the minimum wage, and he is fighting to create opportunities for all by requiring large corporations to pay their fair share so we can invest in public education, more police and job creation programs.
Christian supports important reforms to stabilize retirement savings while protecting Chicago residents from massive tax increases. Christian plans to renew his efforts to end senseless acts of violence plaguing neighborhoods, increase resources and the quality of education for our children and finding ways to attract new businesses to Illinois.
Prior to entering the General Assembly in 2009, in consultation with community leaders and members of the General Assembly, Christian helped to pass the "Urban Weatherization Initiative," a $425 million jobs program focusing on the insulation, weatherproofing and upgrading of single-family homes in low-income to moderate-income urban areas in Illinois, with a requirement to train and hire workers from those very communities.
Christian formerly worked as a staff member on the campaigns of Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Alderman Will Burns, and in the cabinet of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Christian most recently worked for Obama for America 2012 as media and polling regional director for the Midwest.
Christian was born in Chicago and currently resides in the Bronzeville neighborhood. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in Public Policy Studies.
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