|Chicago City Clerk Campaign Photo|
|City Clerk of Chicago|
May 16, 2011
|Preceded by||Miguel del Valle|
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 1st district
January 10, 2001 – May 16, 2011
|Succeeded by||Dena M. Carli|
May 13, 1972 |
|Alma mater||Truman State University,
B.A., Business Administration (1994)
Susana Mendoza is the City Clerk of Chicago. She is also a former member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 2001, representing the 1st District of Illinois - which includes the Chicago communities of Brighton Park, Little Village, Gage Park, and Back of the Yards. She was elected to her sixth term as Illinois State Representative in November 2010 and won the election for Chicago City Clerk on the February 22, 2011.
Susana Mendoza was born in Chicago to Joaquin and Susana Mendoza, who had emigrated from Mexico in the 1960s. The family moved from Chicago to Bolingbrook when she was a child. Mendoza graduated from Bolingbrook High School in 1990 where she earned All‐State and All‐Midwest honors in varsity soccer. She then attended Truman State University, (formerly known as Northeast Missouri State University), in Kirksville, Missouri on a soccer and academic scholarship, earning All‐Midwest honors in soccer, and graduating in 1994 with a B.A. in Business Administration.
Mendoza was elected as an Illinois State Representative in 2000 when she was 28 years old, making her the youngest member of the 92nd Illinois General Assembly.
She is Chairman of the International Trade and Commerce Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Bio-Technology Committee, and is a member of the Labor, Public Utilities, Railroad Industry committees of the House. Mendoza has served as Co-Chairwoman of the Conference of Women Legislators, and also co-founded the first Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus.
Mendoza was considered a "Blagojevich-friendly" legislator until 2007, when she disagreed with the governor's staff. In 2008, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich blamed Mendoza, along with nine other Chicago Democrats, for lawmakers rejecting his capital bill; he also accused them of holding two taxpayer-paid jobs at once, being paid by the city or state at the same time they collect a salary as a state lawmaker. Mendoza took an unpaid leave from her job as a project coordinator with the city of Chicago when she went to Springfield for legislative business, usually collecting only half of her published $73,000 salary in that position as a result. She replied: “It is an obvious example that the governor is a pathological liar. If he honestly believes, in his lunacy, that 10 people from the City of Chicago controlled the fate of that doomed capital bill, he needs medical attention.” 
Mendoza is actively involved in national and international politics. She served as a delegate for presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000 and for John Kerry in 2004.[vague] To promote positive international relations and better understanding among governments, Mendoza has visited China, El Salvador and Mexico in her official capacity. In 2002, she visited the African countries of Uganda and Tanzania as a delegate for the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In June 2004, the United States State Department sent Mendoza to Brazil where she participated in a series of debates in which she represented the National Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential platform.
- House committee information, Illinois General Assembly, retrieved January 31, 2011
- Miller, Rich (2008-08-11). "Breathless". Capital Fax blog. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
- Meitrodt, Jeffrey (2008-08-08). "Blagojevich accuses 10 Chicago Democrats of ‘killing’ public works project". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
- Office of the Chicago City Clerk
- Rep. Susana Mendoza (D) 1st District official Illinois General Assembly website
- Susana Mendoza for Chicago City Clerk official campaign website
- Rep. Susana Mendoza at Illinois House Democrats
- Profile at Project Vote Smart