|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 9th district
January 3, 1999
|Preceded by||Sidney Yates|
May 26, 1944
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Robert Creamer (1980–present)
|Children||2 (with Schakowsky)|
|Alma mater||University of Illinois, Urbana-
The district includes many of Chicago's northern suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Niles, Park Ridge, Rosemont, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka. It also includes a large portion of Chicago's North Side bordering Lake Michigan.
- 1 Early life, education and career
- 2 U.S. House of Representatives
- 3 Political campaigns
- 4 Electoral history
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Early life, education and career
Schakowsky was born Janice Danoff in 1944, in the city of Chicago, the daughter of Tillie (née Cosnow) and Irwin Danoff. Her parents were Jewish immigrants, her father from Lithuania and her mother from Russia. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in elementary education where she was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon (social) sorority. She was Program Director of Illinois Public Action, Illinois' largest public interest group, from 1976 to 1985. She then moved to the Illinois State Council of Senior Citizens as executive director for five years until 1990, when she was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives, and subsequently the United States House of Representatives in 1999. She has served there for five terms.
U.S. House of Representatives
Schakowsky is by some accounts the most Progressive member of the current US Congress. She is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She frequently gains ratings of between 90 and 100 from liberal and progressive interest groups and lower ratings from conservative groups.
In April 2009 Schakowsky pointedly criticized the tax day Tea Party protests, asserting that they were "an effort to mislead the public about the Obama economic plan that cut taxes for 95 percent of Americans and creates 3.5 million jobs." Schakowsky added, "It's despicable that right-wing Republicans would attempt to cheapen a significant, honorable moment of American history with a shameful political stunt."
In Feb 2013, Schakowsky indicated her support for banning assault weapons as only a beginning step towards more gun control measures including a ban on handguns.
The Nation endorsed her for vice president in the United States presidential election, 2004, stating that she is 'the truest heir to Paul Wellstone in the current Congress'. She was, however, not selected as John Kerry's running mate.
In response to concerns about electoral irregularities in the state of Ohio during the 2004 presidential election, Schakowsky was one of 31 members of the United States House of Representatives who voted not to accept Ohio's electoral votes.
Schakowsky has been outspoken in her opposition to the Iraq War. She was one of the earliest and most emphatic supporters of U.S. Senator Barack Obama prior to his victory in the 2004 Illinois Democratic primary election, and actively supported his bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
In hearings held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcomittee in July 2006, Schakowsky expressed concern that a report from the National Academy of Sciences showing discrepancies among scientists studying global warming might be "used in a way to discredit the whole notion that our country and the rest of the industrialized and developing world ought to do anything about global warming".
Schakowsky indicated interest in replacing Barack Obama in the United States Senate. Before his arrest, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich had reportedly been considering Schakowsky among at least six candidates to fill the vacancy. Schakowsky was one of the first figures in Illinois to voice interest in running in a special election to replace Obama.
In April 2009, she stated her support for a public option in health insurance, arguing that it would put health insurance companies out of business and lead to single-payer health care, which she supports.
In March 2010 Schakowsky was appointed by Speaker Pelosi to President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, commonly known as the deficit commission.
In June 2011, Jan Schakowsky condemned the Progressive Democrats of America for their role in the upcoming Gaza Flotilla 2, which according to the Progressive Democrats of America website shows support of the Gaza Flotilla.
In August 2013 Schakowsky expressed support for increasing wages for fast food employees stating that increased wages would lead to "millions of new jobs" because of their increased spending ability.
In February 2014, Schakowsky (along with 17 other House members) signed a letter addressed to President Obama supporting the removal of marijuana from the DEA Controlled Substances Schedule.
In March 2014, Schakowsky (along with 26 other House members) signed a letter addressed to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline application, arguing that it would lead to disastrous climate change.
Comments on Joel Pollak
In March 2015, Schakowsky was criticized by the Orthodox Union after saying that Jewish politician Joel Pollak was a "Jewish, Orthodox, Tea Party Republican" at a J Street event. She later apologized for her comments. The Orthodox Union wrote of Schakowsky's comments: "Bias and prejudice have no place in our American political discourse... Many in the Orthodox Jewish community were troubled to see that U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky made remarks to the J Street conference which, at least implicitly, used the term Orthodox Jew in a pejorative manner."
Boycott of Netanyahu's speech to Congress
In March 2015, she planned to boycott the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to congress. She said she above all opposed the speech, because it could scuttle delicate negotiations with Iran, writing: "The prime minister wants the negotiations to end, and his purpose in speaking to the Congress is to convince us that the president is about to agree to a deal that threatens Israel's existence. He believes the president is naïve in thinking that he and the P5+1 can achieve any agreement that will stop Iran from rushing toward a bomb... What is the alternative to an agreement? Yes, the United States will increase sanctions. But does anyone doubt that Iran will build a nuclear weapon regardless of sanctions? Then the choices will be ugly: accepting a nuclear-weaponized Iran or accepting military action (i.e., war with Iran). For me it's obvious that we must give the negotiations a chance. And, in the meantime, Iran has essentially halted its weapons program under the Joint Plan of Action while the talks are ongoing.
Israeli journalist Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post wrote in an opinion column, "Radical leftist representatives who happen to be Jewish, like Jan Schakowsky of suburban Chicago and Steve Cohen of Memphis, are joining Netanyahu’s boycotters in order to give the patina of Jewish legitimacy to an administration whose central foreign policy threatens the viability of the Jewish state." “She has walked lockstep with the most anti-Israel administration in the history of US-Israeli relations,” said Glick, according to Breitbart. Rabbi Aryeh Spero[who?] told the conservative news media organization Newsmax: "I think that the administration is cleverly using Jewish officeholders like Sen. Feinstein, [Rep.] Jan Schakowsky in Chicago, [Rep.] Steve Cohen [of Tennessee] and [Rep. John] Yarmuth from Kentucky. He's using them to give credence and legitimacy to say this is not anything that's going to adversely affect Israel. But it will."
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
Party leadership and caucus memberships
- Chief Deputy Whip
- Steering and Policy Committee
- Founding member of the Out-of-Iraq Caucus
- Democratic Vice Chair of the bipartisan Women's Caucus
- Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
Sidney Yates, who had represented the 9th District since 1949 (except for an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 1962), had announced in 1996 that he wouldn't run for re-election in 1998. Schakowsky easily won the Democratic primary, which all but assured her of election in the heavily Democratic 9th. She won in November with 75 percent of the vote and has easily won reelection four times with 70 percent or more of the vote. She is only the third person to represent the district since 1949.
|1998||Janice D. Schakowsky||107,878||75%||Herbert Sohn||33,448||23%||Michael D. Ray||Libertarian||3,284||2%|
|2000||Janice D. Schakowsky||147,002||76%||Dennis J. Driscoll||45,344||24%|
|2002||Janice D. Schakowsky||118,642||70%||Nicholas M. Duric||45,307||27%||Stephanie "Vs. The Machine" Sailor||Libertarian||4,887||3%|
|2004||Janice D. Schakowsky||175,282||76%||Kurt J. Eckhardt||56,135||24%|
|2006||Janice D. Schakowsky||122,852||75%||Michael P. Shannon||41,858||25%||*|
|2008||Janice D. Schakowsky||178,829||75%||Michael B. Younan||52,841||22%||Morris Shanfield||Green||7,969||3%|
|2010||Janice D. Schakowsky||114,969||66%||Joel Barry Pollak||54,274||31%||Simon Ribeiro||Green||4,374||3%|
|2012||Janice D. Schakowsky||194,869||66%||Timothy Wolfe||98,924||34%|
|*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2006, write-ins received 3 votes.|
- Husband's bank fraud and tax evasion convictions
On March 11, 2004, Schakowsky's husband, lobbyist Robert Creamer, the executive director of the Illinois Public Action Fund, was indicted in federal court on 16 counts of bank fraud involving three alleged check-kiting schemes in the mid-1990s, leading several banks to experience shortfalls of at least $2.3 million. In August 2005, Creamer pleaded guilty to one count of failure to collect withholding tax, and bank fraud for writing checks with insufficient funds. All of the money was repaid. Schakowsky was not accused of any wrongdoing. Schakowsky served on the organization's board during the time the crimes occurred, and Schakowsky signed the IRS filings along with her husband. U.S. District Judge James B. Moran noted no one suffered "out of pocket losses," and Creamer acted not out of greed but in an effort to keep his community action group going without cutting programs, though Creamer paid his own $100,000 salary with fraudulently obtained funds. On April 5, 2006, Creamer was sentenced to five months in prison and 11 months of house arrest. Creamer served his five-month incarceration at the Federal Correction Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana and was released on November 3, 2006.
- Glenn Beck Slammed By Polish Group For Butchering Schakowsky's Name
- "Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority". DPhiE.org. Retrieved 2010-08-23.
- "GovTrack: The Political Spectrum". Govtrack.us. October 17, 2009. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
- "Schakowsky: Tea parties 'despicable'", by Eric Zimmerman, The Hill, April 16, 2009.
- Mattera, Jason. "Democrat Congresswoman: Assault Weapons Ban 'Just the Beginning'". Independent Journal Review. Retrieved 16 November 2013.
- Rettig, Jessica (July 9, 2010). "Jan Schakowsky Leads the Fight for Women". US News and World Report.
- "The Beat". The Nation. Abu Dhabi. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
- "Obama's Day in Iowa", by Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive, January 4, 2008.
- "Science In the House of Pain". TCS Daily. Retrieved July 16, 2010.
- "Schakowsky among those wanting Senate seat". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. November 5, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2008.
- Schakowsky throws her hat in, Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), December 12, 2008.
- The health-care shuffle, Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 16, 2009
- Pelosi Appoints Three Fiscal Commission Participants, The Daily Caller, March 24, 2010
- "Jan Schakowsky Condemns Her Closest Allies For Their Role In Hamas Flotilla". Breitbart.
- Resolution in Support of U.S. Aid Ship The Audacity of Hope[dead link]
- "Congresswoman Apologizes Referring to Political Rival as 'Orthodox Jew'". The Jewish Daily Forward. March 24, 2015. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- Yashar, Ari (March 24, 2015). "Democrat Apologizes for 'Orthodox Jew' Slur at J Street Event". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- An Israel Supporter Who Won't Be at the Prime Minister's Speech, Jan Schakowsky, Huffington Post, 02/26/2015
- In Israel’s hour of need By CAROLINE B. GLICK \ 02/26/2015
- DEM REP RIPS BREITBART EDITOR AS ‘ORTHODOX’ JEW AT ANTI-ISRAEL CONVENTION by JORDAN SCHACHTEL23 Mar 2015
- Rabbi: Obama 'Cleverly Using' Jewish Dems to Defend Iran Deal News Max, Monday, 06 Apr 2015 05:59 PM By Greg Richter
- "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
- Robinson, Mike (March 11, 2004). "Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s husband indicted". Associated Press.
- "Congresswoman's husband pleads guilty to two felonies". USA Today. Associated Press. August 31, 2005. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
- Flannery, Mike (April 5, 2006). "Congresswoman's Husband Gets Jail Time For Bank Fraud". WBBM TV CBS 2 Chicago.
- Newbart, Dave (March 12, 2004). "Schakowsky's husband indicted in bank fraud". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
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- Korecki, Natasha (April 6, 2006). "Schakowsky's husband given 5 months for check-kiting: Prosecutors sought 3 years for bank fraud that aided nonprofit". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
- "Inmate Locator". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved September 26, 2009.
- Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky official U.S. House website
- Jan Schakowsky for Congress
- Jan Schakowsky at DMOZ
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 9th congressional district
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