Kelly Cassidy

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Kelly Cassidy
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 14th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 16, 2011
Preceded by Harry Osterman (D)
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Domestic partner Kelley Quinn
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Religion Jewish
Website Citizens for Kelly Cassidy
@RepKellyCassidy - Twitter
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Kelly Cassidy is an American politician from Chicago. She is a Democrat and a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. She was selected to represent the 14th district, on Chicago's North Side, in April 2011 following incumbent Harry Osterman's election to the Chicago City Council. She took office on May 16, 2011.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Cassidy went to Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida. From 1991 to 1993, she worked as the legislative director for the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women. From 1993 to 1997, she worked for state senate president John Cullerton, running his district office.[2] In 1997, Cassidy joined the Cook County state's attorney's office, initially as a legislative liaison. In 2001, she became the director of programs and development for the state's attorney's office, a post she held until her appointment to the legislature in 2011. Cassidy served as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.[3]

Legislative service[edit]

Following state representative Harry Osterman's election as 48th ward alderman in February 2011, Cassidy was one of 23 candidates to seek appointment as his successor in the state house. The 14th district, which Osterman was vacating and Cassidy now represents, includes the neighborhoods of Edgewater, Andersonville, and Rogers Park.

Per Illinois law, the vacancy was filled by Democratic committeemen from the wards making up the district, their votes weighted to reflect the share of the district falling in each ward. Because more than half of the 14th district's voters live in Chicago's 48th ward, that ward's committeeman – former state senator Carol Ronen – cast more than half of the votes.[4] On April 17, the committeemen unanimously selected Cassidy to fill the vacancy.

In the 2012 Democratic primary, Cassidy was challenged by Paula Basta, a lesbian and longtime North Side activist. On March 20, 2012, Cassidy won the Democratic primary with 6,040 votes (62.4% of the vote) to Basta's 3,636 votes (37.6%).[5]

Personal[edit]

Cassidy is openly lesbian; her partner is Kelley Quinn.[6][7] She lives with her three sons in Andersonville. She is one of three openly LGBT members of the Illinois General Assembly, alongside Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, and Sam Yingling, a Democrat from Round Lake Beach, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago.

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