Melissa Bean

Born:January 22, 1962 (age 62)
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 2005-2011.

Bean was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 22, 1962. She received an associate's degree from Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois, in 1982 and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, in 2002. Before serving in Congress, Bean worked for several telecommunications companies, and was president of Sales Resources Inc..

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.

After leaving office, Bean became the CEO of a private corporation in Chicago.

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


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