Jan Schakowsky


Jan Schakowsky has been a lifelong consumer advocate and a champion for what she sees as the disappearing middle class.  From her days as a young housewife who led the campaign to put expiration dates on food products to the 2008 passage of legislation she helped write  making children’s products and toys safe, Jan has worked to make life better for working and middle class Americans. Jan was elected to represent Illinois’ 9th Congressional District in 1998, after serving for eight years in the Illinois General Assembly.  She is in her eighth term, serving in the House Democratic leadership as a Chief Deputy Whip and as a member of the Steering and Policy Committee.  She is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, where she is the Ranking Democrat on the Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee, and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence where she is the Ranking Democrat on the Oversight Subcommittee.  For decades, Jan identified her top priority as winning affordable, quality health care for all Americans.  Jan lives in Evanston, Illinois with her husband Robert Creamer and two Golden Retrievers, Lucky and Buddy.  She has three marvelous children, Ian, Mary, and step-daughter Lauren, and six exceptional grandchildren – Isabel, Eve, Lucy, William, Aidan and Alice.