|Illinois State Representative Christian Mitchell|
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 26th district
|Preceded by||Kimberly du Buclet|
|Alma mater||University of Chicago|
|Profession||Full Time Legislator|
Christian Mitchell is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 26th district, which encompasses portions of Near North Side's Streeterville, as well as parts of the Loop, Oakland, Grand Boulevard, Kenwood, Hyde Park, South Shore, and South Chicago community areas. He is currently the youngest active member of the Illinois General Assembly.
Prior to his election to public office, Mitchell worked for both Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle and Chicago City Council 4th ward Alderman William D. Burns. Mitchell is a former community organizer who has legislative experience with an urban weatherization program and with a universal fare pass for local buses and trains. His Universal fare card will facilitate transfers between Metra, Chicago Transit Authority and Pace by 2015.
He spent two years as a community organizer on the South Side and South suburbs and drafted these two pieces of legislation that eventually became laws. Mitchell was named to Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's transition team in March 2011. He served as a Deputy Field Director in Lisa Madigan's reelection campaign. He worked in Preckwinkle's cabinet from May 2011 to November 2011 as Director of outreach and external relations and was involved in Burns' aldermanic campaign management. Preckwinkle credits Mitchell with keeping the Todd Stroger sales tax repeal from unravelling in the Cook County budgeting process.
The Illinois House 26th district stretches along the Lake Michigan lakefront from the Gold Coast to 91st Street, including parts of 9 wards. Kimberly du Buclet was appointed to the seat in May 2011 after former incumbent Burns stepped down as District 26 representative to become Chicago's 4th Ward alderman, but she did not run for re-election. His opponent, Kenny Johnson, jumped to an early lead in the polls, but Preckwinkle and Burns each contributed $25,000 to his campaign. In the primary, Mitchell (aged 25) had been endorsed by Alderman Burns and du Buclet as well as President Preckwinkle, Mayor Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and United States Congressmen Bobby Rush. Mitchell was also endorsed by the Chicago Tribune for his greater understanding of state issues and superior menu of solutions. Johnson had been backed by Congressmen Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Danny Davis as well as the Chicago Teachers Union, Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul and Alderman Brendan Reilly. Mitchell boasted far greater campaign contributions and more endorsements. Aside from backing and age, the two Democratic candidates did not differ much ideologically. Mitchell won by a 6739–6238 margin, putting him in line to be the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly. After winning the Democratic primary election in March, Mitchell was uncontested in the November 6, 2012 election.Representative Christian Mitchell is running for reelection in the upcoming 2014 primary.
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