Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth
Speaker Pro Tempore/Chief Budgeteer
Illinois House of Representatives
Occupation: Jehan Gordon-Booth represents the 92nd District in the Illinois House of Representatives. She is the first African-American elected to represent the district, which includes most of Peoria, all of Peoria Heights and West Peoria, and parts of Bartonville. She serves as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, making her the highest-ranking member in House leadership outside of Chicago. As chief budgeteer for the Illinois House, she leads budget negotiations for the state’s $103 billion spending plan. She is also the first African-American, as well as the first woman, to serve in that role.
Community Involvement: Rep. Gordon-Booth is a community-based lawmaker whose main goal is to help communities become stronger and safer. Her leadership has played a crucial role in landmark legislation to reform Illinois’ criminal justice system; spur downtown development through the use of historic tax credits, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars back to the city of Peoria; increase Illinois’ minimum wage; legalize recreational, adult use of cannabis; and guarantee paid leave for all workers. She is a stickler for providing constituent services and hosts informational and appreciation events for area residents.
Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Elected Office: She was first elected to the House in 2008 and has previously served as deputy majority leader and assistant majority leader. She has also served on the board of Pleasant Hill School District 69.
Three things she’s passionate about: “My faith. My family. My community.”
Three favorite hobbies: Travel, design and strategizing on ways to make Peoria and the State of Illinois a better place for all.
Career Influence and Inspiration: “My mother, Annie Jo Gordon.”
Inspirational Quote: “ ‘You can’t soar with eagles if you strut with turkeys . .’ My mother would say this to me as a young high school student who was still ‘looking for herself.’ She said this to me because she saw my potential for growth and leadership. She knew that if I wasn’t actively surrounding myself with the right people — my possibilities would be severely limited unless I learned that lesson. Annie Jo was right.”
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