Ann Williams (politician)

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Ann Williams
Ann Williams Illinois Representative.jpg
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 11th district
Assumed office
Preceded by John Fritchey
Personal details
Born 1968 (age 47–48)
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Iowa
Drake University
Profession State Representative

Ann M. Williams (born 1968) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives who has represented the 11th District since 2011.[1] The district includes the Chicago neighborhoods of West Lakeview, Roscoe Village and North Center, as well as parts of Lincoln Park and Lincoln Square.

Education and career[edit]

Williams received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Iowa in 1992 and a J.D. from Drake University in 1994.[1][2] As an attorney, she served as Assistant Attorney General in the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.[3]

State Representative[edit]

Williams was elected to her first term as state representative of Illinois’ 11th District in 2010 to replace John Fritchey who chose to run for a seat on the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Williams was supported by both of Chicago's major newspapers. The Chicago Tribune noted in its endorsement that "It's good to see that she believes party leaders shouldn't be exempt from the new campaign contribution caps imposed on everyone else."[4] The Chicago Sun-Times called her "bright and conscientious" and noted her work for Attorney General Lisa Madigan and as a staff attorney for the state House.[5] Williams focused her campaign on protecting women and children from sex offenders, fighting for greater access to affordable healthcare, and making government open and accountable to the people.[6] Her Committee assignments include Judiciary I - Civil Law; Consumer Protection; Adoption Reform; Business Occupational Licenses; Environmental Health; and Government Operations Subcommittee.[1]

Williams won reelection to a second term in 2012. She ran unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9] Williams was re-elected to a third term in November 2014.[10]

Political positions[edit]

Williams is pro-choice and favors the legalization of same-sex marriage.[11] She was a co-sponsor of the bill legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.[12] Williams was the only Chicago lawmaker in the Illinois House to vote against a bill supported by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel allowing speed-detection cameras near schools and parks throughout the city.[13]

Electoral history[edit]

District 11 February 2, 2010 Democratic primary election result[14]

Candidate Votes Percentage
Ann M. Williams 5,662 46.23%
Daniel Farley 3,927 32.06%
Ed Mullen 2,659 21.71%

District 11 November 2, 2010 General election[15]

Candidate (Party) Votes Percentage
Ann M. Williams (D) 21,813 71.14%
Scott Tucker (R) 8,851 28.86%


  1. ^ a b c Representative Ann Williams page, Illinois General Assembly website, accessed November 20, 2011
  2. ^ Ann Williams profile at Storino, Ramello & Durkin
  3. ^ Ormsby, David (January 19, 2010). "Illinois 2010 Elections: Attorney General Lisa Madigan Tips Her Hand in House Race to Succeed John Fritchey–and It's Ann Williams". The Illinois Observer. Archived from the original on November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Change the House". Chicago Tribune. September 29, 2010. Archived from the original on November 20, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "none". Chicago Sun-Times. October 11, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ann Williams' 2010 campaign website". Friends of Ann M. Williams. 2010. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List," December 5, 2011
  8. ^ Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results"
  9. ^ Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,”
  10. ^ "Midterm 2014 Illinois election results". WBEZ. November 6, 2014. Archived from the original on December 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ Demarest, Erica (December 7, 2011). "State Rep. Ann Williams talks adoption, LGBT outreach". Windy City Times. Archived from the original on December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. A couple issues that always come up—unfortunately, even those it's 2011—are things like [abortion] choice and civil unions. Those are a priority for a lot of us in this region. I wasn't there to take the vote for civil unions. [Voting occurred before Williams took office.] It would've been a real highlight and privilege to get to vote for that, but I hope to be around for the vote that will provide full marriage equality. I hope that comes sooner rather than later for the families in my community. 
  12. ^ Margolin, Emma (November 5, 2013). "Illinois Legislature passes marriage equality". MSNBC. Archived from the original on November 6, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  13. ^ McQueary, Kristen (November 14, 2011). "Mayor Emanuel finesses speed cameras through Illinois legislature". WBEZ. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  14. ^ "State of Illinois Official Vote Cast at the Primary Election General Primary, February 2, 2010". State of Illinois. n.d. p. 91. Archived from the original (pdf) on January 4, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Illinois State Board of Elections General Election of November 2, 2010". State of Illinois. p. 67. Archived from the original (pdf) on January 4, 2012. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 

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