Susana Mendoza

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Susana Mendoza
Susana Mendoza 2011.jpg
Chicago City Clerk Campaign Photo
City Clerk of Chicago
Assumed office
May 16, 2011
Preceded by Miguel del Valle
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 1st district
In office
January 10, 2001 – May 16, 2011
Succeeded by Dena M. Carli
Personal details
Born (1972-05-13) May 13, 1972 (age 42)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater Truman State University,
B.A., Business Administration (1994)
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Susana Mendoza is the City Clerk of Chicago, elected in 2011. She is a former member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 1st District of Illinois - which included the Chicago communities of Brighton Park, Little Village, Gage Park, and Back of the Yards. She was first elected in 2001 and served into her sixth term, when she won the election for Chicago City Clerk on the February 22, 2011.

Early life[edit]

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.

State Representative[edit]

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.[1][citation needed] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[3] 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.” [3]

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.


  1. ^ House committee information, Illinois General Assembly, retrieved January 31, 2011
  2. ^ Miller, Rich (2008-08-11). "Breathless". Capital Fax blog. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  3. ^ a b c Meitrodt, Jeffrey (2008-08-08). "Blagojevich accuses 10 Chicago Democrats of ‘killing’ public works project". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 

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