Linda Chapa LaVia
|Linda Chapa LaVia|
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 83rd district
|Preceded by||Brent Hassert (redistricted)|
August 16, 1966 |
|Alma mater||Northern Illinois University|
|Profession||Full Time Legislator|
Linda Chapa LaVia is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 83rd District since 2003. The district covers part of Kane County, including the city of Aurora. She was first elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 2002 defeating Bob O'Connor, an Aurora Alderman-At-Large, becoming the first Hispanic to win a seat in the state legislature outside of Cook County.
Chapa LaVia, her husband and two children live in Aurora.
During a debate on the House floor about charter schools, Chapa LaVia made a point about minority parents and said, “So, listen to me, minorities. I’m over here [on the Democrats' side] because we’re all over on this side, right?” Republicans protested, and Chapa LaVia remarked, “Wait,” pointed towards the Republican side of the chamber, “We have a half. We have a half.” After the fact a local newspaper, the Daily Herald, interpreted the statement to a reference to Republican John D. Anthony, who is biracial.
Later Chapa LaVia apologized, but claimed that the comment was taken out of context. She explained that her comment "We have a half." was an effort to allow the dissenting Republican representatives to “let (her) talk to this (Democratic) half (of the floor).”
- Newman, Craig (2012-09-02). "Who are the Illinois delegates to the Democratic National Convention?". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D) 83rd District at the Illinois General Assembly
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Linda Chapa LaVia at Illinois House Democrats
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