RACE: U.S. House - 9th District

About the Candidate

Name: Janice D. Schakowsky
Occupation: Member of Congress
Political Experience: US House, Illinois State House
Website: www.janschakowsky.org
Twitter: @repschakowsky
Facebook: @schakowskyforcongress

Candidate Statement

Hi, I'm Congresswoman Schakowsky. And today I am asking for your vote.

It's such an honor to represent one of the most diverse districts that we have in the country, and certainly in Illinois, where people come from all over the globe to be here. People of all different races and religions live in harmony in the district.

I want to encourage you to use my office. We have, I think, the best constituent service in the country, perhaps, where we answer every request. Everything from complicated issues like immigration issues or post office issues, or just helping you to get to a passport.

In addition, I am so proud to work with President Biden to create an economy that is built from the middle out and the bottom up to help all Americans, the vast majority of Americans, not just the millionaires and the billionaires.

I'm all about making lower prices for prescription drugs and making sure that we have a clean environment. I'm on the environment committee. To make sure that the products that you get are safe for yourself and your children because I am the chair of the Consumer Protection Committee.

So, this is a very important election and I will be honored if you will give me your vote.

Thank you so much for listening to me today.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

I am running in order to ensure that my constituents have access to the health care they need, the  jobs they need, and that the wages at those jobs to support a middle class family in America.

What does this office do well, and what needs fixing?

My office does constituent services exceptionally well. Second to none. We could always pass more legislation to help our constituents, but our record there is quite strong too. 

What is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

Access to affordable health care, and the way to achieve it is by lowering the cost of prescription drugs, reigning in health insurance companies through consumer protection law and ultimately establishing a national public health insurance plan.

What specific steps would you take to ensure your office is accessible and responsive to your constituents?

We take great strides to be accessible to our constituents. From office hours we hold at public libraries in parts of the district further from our offices to our social media strategy to our weekly videos with updates form DC and the district to our weekly newsletters, we make sure to meet our constituents where they are, and either in-person or online.