Sara Feigenholtz

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Sara Feigenholtz
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Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 12th district
Assumed office
Preceded byEllis B. Levin
Personal details
Born (1956-12-11) December 11, 1956 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materNortheastern Illinois University (B.A.)
University of Illinois (M.P.H.)
ProfessionState Representative

Sara Feigenholtz (born December 11, 1956) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives who has represented the 12th District since 1995.[1] The District includes the lakefront neighborhoods of Lake View, Lincoln Park, Buena Park and the Near North Side in the city of Chicago.


Sara Feigenholtz's political interests and activity, notably in the areas of adoption, women's issues and health care, reflect her personal experience and family background. Her adoptive mother, Florence Buky, an immigrant from Białystok, Poland, worked her way through medical school to become an obstetrician. Many of Dr Buky's patients were unable to care for their children and this was how she came to adopt Sara and her brother.[2] Feigenholz attributes the origin of her political commitment to health care as a basic right to the childhood experience of patients calling to see Dr Buky at the family home in Lake View, Chicago, and her mother never turning anyone away, even those unable to pay.[2]

Feigenholtz earned her bachelor's degree in political science and speech and performing arts from Northeastern Illinois University.[1] and went on to earn a fellowship degree from the University of Illinois School Of Public Health. In 2011, she completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

She worked as Chief of Staff to State Representative John Cullerton before becoming a fund-raiser for progressive causes.[2]

State Representative[edit]

Feigenholtz was elected to her first term as state representative of Illinois’ 12th District in 1994, defeating long-standing incumbent Ellis B. Levin.[3] She chose to focus her attention on health care and human services reform. She was a lead sponsor of the Family Health Care Bill. She also campaigned for the introduction of the All Kids program.[2]

In 2010, she sponsored the Original Birth Certificate Access Bill. This law provides for the release of the original birth certificate to an adopted person upon written request, provided he or she is over the age of 21.

As part of the Affordable Care Act implementation, Feigenholtz sponsored the 2013 expansion of Medicaid in Illinois. This legislation extended coverage to thousands of Illinoisans who were shut out of the health care system.

In 2017, Feigenholtz sponsored House Bill 40 in the 100th General Assembly, which will keep abortion legal in Illinois if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States. It also extends insurance coverage of abortion to state employees and women insured through Medicaid. [4]

Sara Feigenholtz currently serves as Assistant Majority Leader. She serves on the Appropriations-Human Services, Tourism, Hospitality and Craft, Mental Health, Environment, and Energy Committees.[5]

In 2018, Democrat J.B. Pritzker appointed Feigenholtz a member of the gubernatorial transition's Healthy Children and Families Committee.[6]

Special congressional election[edit]

Feigenholtz came in third place to Mike Quigley in the Illinois's 5th congressional district special election, 2009 to fill the district seat vacated by Rahm Emanuel, who resigned to serve as President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff.


In 2001 Feigenholtz was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame as a Friend of the Community.[7]


  1. ^ a b Representative Sara Feigenholtz page, Illinois General Assembly website, accessed 12 April 2011
  2. ^ a b c d Sara Feigenholtz website, Biography page, accessed 12 April 2011
  3. ^ COSDem (September 2, 2009). "Levin, Ellis B." Our Campaigns. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  4. ^ NBC Chicago (September 27, 2018). "Illinois Abortion Law Anniversary Falls on Day of Kavanaugh Vote". NBC Chicago. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Illinois General Assembly (November 13, 2018). "Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D), 12th District Committees". State of Illinois. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Miller, Rich (November 15, 2018). "Pritzker announces new health-related transition committee". Capitol Fax. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2015-10-17. Retrieved 2016-08-01.

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