A voice for moderation in national politics
The Junior League of Chicago
Causes/Issue Area(s): public service
Honors/Achievements: Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
Judy Biggert’s pre-politics profile looks like that of a lot of other Junior Leaguers: married with four children, member and then President of the Junior League of Chicago, President of the Chicago Junior Board of the Traveler's Aid Society; member and then president of her children’s school board.
Then she got into politics.
Judy served in the Illinois House from 1992 to 1998, including a stint as assistant Republican leader of the House. In 1998, she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and served until 2013.
Her interests can be tracked by her committee assignments in Congress:
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Committee on Financial Services
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
In keeping with her claim of being "the mainstream Republican," Judy has not been afraid to break with some in her party on controversial issues like the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Defense of Marriage Act. The Washington Post once noted, “Biggert primarily focuses on education and labor, regularly working on largely non-controversial legislation in these areas, like a bill barring employers and health insurers from discrimination against people who have costly diseases revealed through genetic testing and another expanding funding for education for the homeless.”