State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, has announced her re-election campaign for the Illinois House of Representatives.
Kifowit will run in the new 84th Illinois House District, which encompasses sections of Oswego, Montgomery and Aurora along Route 34 (Ogden Avenue) from Boulder Hill Pass in Oswego east to Route 59 in Aurora.
“I have been honored to serve in the Illinois House representing the people of the great state of Illinois. I grew up in Illinois and after serving my country in the United States Marine Corps, I returned to Illinois to raise my family and to continue serving, first as an alderman with the City of Aurora and now in the Illinois General Assembly,” Kifowit said in a statement.
Kifowit was first elected in 2012, and sworn into office in January 2013. She is currently the only female veteran in the General Assembly, having served on active duty in the US Marine Corps. During her tenure in the Ilinois House, she has worked on helping Illinois veterans, especially to end veteran suicide, in addition to passing legislation to help children, seniors and the most vulnerable in our communities.
Kifowit was the only Democrat to challenge former House Speaker Michael Madigan for Speaker of the Illinois House at a time when he was assumed to easily retain the Speakership. Her announcement was a catalyst that eventually saw a total of 18 additional Illinois House Democrats publicly denounce Madigan and lead to a significant leadership change for the Illinois House with the historic election of Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch.
“In the next few years, I will continue to focus on lowering property taxes, increase funding for our schools and working to keep our neighborhoods safe while maintaining my high level of integrity, honesty, and ethics that residents can have faith in,” Kifowit said.