January 2007 - Present
Approp-Elementary & Secondary Educ; Appropriations-Human Services; Financial Institutions (Chairperson); Higher Education; Insurance: Property & Casualty; Tourism, Hospitality & Craft Ind. (Vice-Chairperson); Restorative Justice (Chairperson); Veterans' Affairs; Social Change Subcommittee.
Licensed real estate broker and insurance agent. B.S., Loyola University Chicago. Former Chicago Public Schools teacher. Serves on Boards of Directors of Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Board for a Children's Museum in Austin, Peace Corner Youth Center, Fathers Who Care, Prevention Partnership, and the External Advisory Board for Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC). Awards include: Archdiocese of Chicago "Christifideles" and "Augustus Tolton" awards; the Chicago Association of Realtors "Outstanding Achievement" and "Excellence in Performance" awards; and one of Chicago's Top 40 Game Changers in 2010 by the Urban Business Roundtable. Representative since 2007.