Melissa Bean

Born:January 22, 1962 (age 58)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2005-2011
Education:A.A., Oakton Community College
B.A., Roosevelt University

Melissa Bean represented Illinois' 8th Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 2005 until 2011.

Bean was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 22, 1962. She received an associate's degree from Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois (1982) and a Bachelor of Arts from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois (2002).

Prior to her election to Congress, she was president of a home-based business, Sales Resources Inc., which counted many Fortune 1000 companies as clients.

During her time as a United States representative, Bean was a member of the Blue Dog Coalition and New Democrat Coalition as well as a member of the Small Business and Financial Service Committees during her House tenure.

For more information on Bean's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit her profile on