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Illinois State House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 2

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Theresa Mah

Educator, Policy Advocate
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Public office is about improving people's lives, whether it's creating jobs, improving public education or ensuring quality senior & child care, the main purpose is to improve people lives.
  • Education is the gateway to reaching the American dream. I am an experienced policy maker with a special focus on organizing at the community level. Chicago is a world-class city and we deserve world-class schools.
  • We need to put Springfield back on the side of working people. Currently, 66% of Illinois corporations pay no income tax, while working adults pay income tax every pay check. I want to make sure corporations and millionaires pay their fair share so



Profession:Educator, Policy Advocate
Community Representative - Local School Council, Thomas Kelly High School — Elected position (2012–current)
Director of Development, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights (2009–2016)
Senior Advisor - Gov. Pat Quinn, State of Illinois - Governors Office — Appointed position (2013–2015)
Policy Consultant, Coalition for Better Chinese American Commuity (2010–2013)
Assistant Director for Curriculum and Learning, University of Chicago, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture (2006–2009)
Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University (1999–2006)


University of Chicago Ph.D, History (1999)
University of Chicago Master of Arts, History (1993)
University of California - Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (honors), History (1991)

Community Activities

Advisory Board, Chinese American Museum of Chicago (2014–current)
Board member, UIC Task Force on Funding for Undocumented Students (2013–current)
Co-founder, Bridgeport Alliance to restore 31st Street bus service (2015–current)
Consultant, Garcia for Mayor - 2015 (2015–2015)
Fellow, Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership Fellow (2013–2013)

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