Robin has dedicated her life to working in “helping” professions, using her skills as an advocate to improve the lives of those in her community and beyond.
Robin has been a vocal and determined fighter on behalf of Illinois families, with a proven track record of delivering real results. Since coming to Congress, she has worked to promote job creation in the Second District, helping advance jobs bills for working families, and hosting annual job fairs that have helped employ thousands of our neighbors. She stands up to the gun lobby, authoring The Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, and helped organize the Gun Violence Prevention Sit-In in Congress for stronger gun safety laws. Robin has worked across the aisle to advance common sense health and consumer protection legislation. Through her “Robin’s Reader’s” initiative, she has secured thousands of books for local schools and libraries, and since going to Washington, has recouped millions of federal dollars for Second District Families.
Robin began her career in public service as the Representative of the Illinois’ 38th House District in the General Assembly (where she served from 2002-2007). In 2007, she became the first African American to serve as Chief of Staff to a constitutional officer in the state, when she was selected to help lead the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. There, she worked tirelessly to make Illinois a better place to live, work, and raise a family – promoting financial literacy, innovative small businesses strategies, and working to eradicate food shortage areas. Robin also served as the Chief Administrative Officer of Cook County where she managed day-to-day operations and policy implementation for the county.
Robin received her B.A. in psychology and M.A. in counseling from Bradley University in Peoria and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University. She is an active member of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Robin is married to Dr. Nathaniel Horn and has two adult children: Kelly and Ryan and one grandson.