After being sworn-in to a ninth term to the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday, Jan. 9 in Springfield, Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) was voted by her peers to serve as an assistant majority leader in the 101st General Assembly.
“I am honored my colleagues chose me to be their voice within the Democratic Caucus,” said Chapa LaVia. “I look forward to making sure that our Caucus stays unified and focuses on the issues like reigning in property taxes, creating better schools, and bringing better-paying jobs to all corners of our State.”
Chapa LaVia is the first Latina elected to serve in leadership in the Illinois House and is the only member of leadership to serve from the Chicago collar counties.
“We have a lot to do here in Illinois, and I am ready to work with my colleagues in the General Assembly and the incoming administration to get things done for working families,” said Chapa LaVia. “I look forward to the upcoming legislative session, and we will do everything possible to move our State forward in the months to come.”
Chapa LaVia was first elected to the General Assembly in 2002 and was the first Latino elected outside of Cook County in Illinois history. Previously she had served as an officer in the U.S. Army and Illinois Army National Guard. She is a lifelong resident of Aurora, Ill., where she lives with her husband, Vernon, and her two adult daughters.
— Office of Linda Chapa LaVia