In a special election on April 9th 2013, Robin Kelly was elected to represent Illinois’ 2nd District in Congress – receiving 70.7% of the vote after winning the hotly-contested Special Democratic Primary on February 26, 2013 with an overwhelming 53.3% of the vote in a 15-way race.
Congressman Kelly began her career representing Illinois’ 38th District in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2002 to 2007. In 2007, Kelly left her position as Representative to take on the challenges of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. She was the first female African-American to serve as Chief of Staff where she worked for a progressive agenda founded in social and economic justice through innovative investment strategy, encouraging small and local businesses, eradicating food deserts, and promoting financial literacy. Additionally, Kelly was essential in streamlining processes in the Treasurer’s Office that reduced expenses and advanced stronger ethical guidelines.
Before deciding to run for Congress in late 2013, Kelly was Chief Administrative Officer of Cook County, where she was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and implementing policy.
Now, as a Representative in U.S. Congress, Kelly pushes forward those same positive, progressive agendas for her constituents in Illinois’ 2nd District. Robin Kelly has a long history of standing up to the NRA. She has fought tirelessly to ensure that proper and necessary gun control legislation is in place to protect the people of her district and the United States.
Kelly attended Bradley University in Peoria, where she received her B.A. in psychology and a M.A. in counseling. Kelly also has a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.
Kelly serves as a Trustee of Bradley University. In addition to being an active member of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc, she belongs to Bradley’s Centurion Society for honored alumni. Kelly serves on many boards and commissions including the Cook County Human Rights Commission, the Hate Crimes Commission, and is a board member for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.
Kelly lives with her husband, Dr. Nathaniel Horn in Matteson. They have two adult children: Kelly and Ryan.