Robin Kelly

Born:April 30, 1956 (age 68)
Career:U.S. House of Representative, 2013-present
Illinois House of Representatives, 2003-2007
Education:B.A., M.A., Bradley University
Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Robin L. Kelly has served Illinois's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since April 11, 2013.

Born in New York on April 30, 1956, Kelly moved to Illinois after high school to attend Bradley University in Peoria, where she earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees. She received a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University.

Kelly was the director of the Crisis Nursery at Crittenton Care and Counseling Center from 1984 to 1987, associate director of The Youth Shelter from 1987 to 1990, and minority student services director at Bradley University from 1990 to 1992. From 1992 to 2006 she served as a director of community affairs in Matteson. She is co-founder and past president of the Unity Coalition of the South Suburbs. She has served as a commissioner on human rights in Cook County since 1998, and has been a board member of the Hate Crimes Commission since 2005, the Rich Township Food Pantry since 1994 and the Illinois Theatre Center since 1993. Kelly has been a Bradley University Trustee since 2003 and a board member of the Bradley University Council since 1998.

Kelly served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007, representing the 38th District. She then served as chief of staff for then-Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias until 2010, the first African American woman to serve as chief of staff for a constitutional officer in Illinois. In 2011, Kelly was appointed as the Cook County's chief administrative officer.

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