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United States

U.S. House of Representatives — Democratic PartyCandidate for District 6

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Amanda Howland

Attorney and mediator
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Strengthen the middle class by reforming the tax code and bringing jobs back from foreign countries. Our current tax system favors those individuals and corporations wealthy enough to exploit its loopholes
  • Protecting Social Security for future generations
  • Reduce secondary education costs and reform student loans



Profession:Attorney and mediator
Attorney, Howland & Associates (2004–current)
Investigator and member, Judcial Evaluation Committee for the Illinois State Bar Association — Appointed position (2002–current)
Trustee, College of Lake County — Elected position (2009–current)
Marketing Chairman, Caring Women’s Connection (501 (c)(3)) — Appointed position (2006–2009)
Vice President, Caravel Condominium Association — Elected position (2004–2006)


Central Michigan University; Michigan State University; Northern Illinois University; Chicago Kent College of Law B.S. in Ed. (teaching emotionally disturbed/behavior disorderd); M.A. Psych; M.S. in Ed. Administration; Juris Doctor (1996)

Community Activities

Member, Chicago Bar Association (1996–current)
Member, Illinois State Bar Association (1996–current)
Member, Illininois HIgh School Association (1985–current)
Graduate, Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership (2011–current)
Member, Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce (2005–current)


Amanda Howland is an elected community college trustee, former Chairman of the College of Lake County board, an attorney, and a pragmatic progressive candidate for the United States House of Representatives from the Sixth District of Illinois in 2016.

Amanda has lived in Lake Zurich for more than 20 years. She began her career teaching behavior-disordered teens, initially at Allendale School for Boys, a residential facility in Lake Villa. She moved on to North Junior High (now Bernotas Junior High) in Crystal Lake while working on her Master’s degree in administration. She was hired by U-46 and became an administrator in the largest elementary school in the district (1400 students in Bartlett, K-6). Along the way, building on her own competitive experience as a teen, she became a nationally ranked gymnastics judge, who still officiates at tournaments in the district and throughout Northern Illinois.

As a school administrator, Amanda became fascinated by the legal issues in education and decided to attend law school. As a result, she is still paying off student loans and so understands the burdens faced by students and their families who know that education is the key to success. As a current College of Lake County trustee, she has witnessed the struggles that students go through to afford college and believes that all students should be able to have access to college education.

Amanda's law practice is devoted to protecting the rights of people in both civil rights cases and employment law. She has a great deal of experience negotiating fair settlements and is eager to take that experience to Congress to keep fighting for a fair shake for the middle class. It's time to get to work and get the people's business done.


Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $100,443

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Planned Parenthood
Employees of Cooney & Conway
Employees of Northwest River Supplies
Employees of Intel
Prairie Political Action Committee
Employees of Terrence K Hegarty Ltd

More information about contributions

By State:

Illinois 64.89%
New York 14.62%
Idaho 3.33%
California 3.09%
Other 14.07%

By Size:

Large contributions (81.92%)
Small contributions (18.08%)

By Type:

From organizations (16.04%)
From individuals (83.96%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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