Careen M. Gordon

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Careen M. Gordon
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 75th district
In office
December 2003 (2003-December) – January 2011 (2011-January)
Preceded by Mary K. O'Brien
Succeeded by Pam Roth
Personal details
Born (1972-09-06) September 6, 1972 (age 44)
Morris, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jon (divorced)
Residence Coal City, Illinois
Alma mater John Marshall Law School
University of Illinois
Profession Prosecutor

Careen M. Gordon is a former Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives who served as a representative from the 75th district from her appointment in December 2003 until leaving office in January 2011.

Early life[edit]

Gordon was born and raised in Morris, Illinois and graduated from Morris Community High School. She attended Purdue University and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Illinois in political science and English.[1] After receiving her law degree from John Marshall Law School she worked as an Assistant State's Attorney in Grundy County, Kankakee County and Will County.[2] In 2001, she became an Assistant Attorney General in the Illinois Department of Justice's Criminal Division, where she worked until she was appointed to fill the vacancy caused by Mary O'Brien's resignation.[2]

Illinois House of Representatives[edit]

Gordon was appointed to represent the 75th district, which at that time stretched from Iroquois County in the southeast to LaSalle County in the northwest and included Bourbonnais, Braceville, Braidwood, Channahon, Chebanse, Coal City, Essex, Herscher, Coal City, Minooka, Morris, Seneca and Wilmington.[3] She began her tenure as a member of the House Agriculture and Conservation, Appropriations—Elementary and Secondary Education, Commerce and Business Development, and Judiciary II—Criminal Law Committees.[2]

She was voted out of office on November 2, 2010 when voters of the 75th district elected Republican Sue Rezin. (However, before she could take Gordon's seat in the House, Rezin was appointed to the State Senate; Gordon was ultimately succeeded by Pam Roth, appointed to take Rezin's place in the House.[4])


  1. ^ "Representative Careen Gordon (D)". Illinois General Assembly. Archived from the original on 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Dianna (2004-11-30). Miller, David R., ed. "LRU First Reading" (PDF). Illinois General Assembly Legislative Research Unit. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  3. ^ Veeneman, Drew. "House District 75 Map (Prepared by The Center For Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
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