Mike Quigley was elected to Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th District after serving his community for more than thirty years. He grew up in Carol Stream, IL, and worked his way through college – first Roosevelt University, then the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago. He served as a Cook County Commissioner from 1998 until 2009, where he worked to increase transparency within the Cook County Board of Commissioners. His election to Congress was an opportunity to take his unique style of reform-minded politics, which Chicagoans have known for years, from Cook County to Washington.
As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Mike is using his position to prioritize investments in innovation and Chicago-area infrastructure, which will grow the local economy and spur job creation. He currently serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government where he is focused on continuing his efforts to protect consumers, promote small business, and protect our financial system.
In 2015, Mike was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the influential House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). Representing Chicago, one of the nation’s largest cities and a major hub for travel and commerce, Mike brings to the committee a unique understanding of the national security challenges we face and has championed policies that will keep America safe. His role on the Select Committee also placed him at the center of the years-long Russia investigation and the first impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Mike is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus and has introduced landmark legislation that would significantly strengthen oversight at all branches of the federal government and utilizes 21st century technology to expand public access to information.
Mike has established himself as a leader on many of our nation’s most challenging and significant issues. He continues to fight for full LGBT equality as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, as well as a woman’s right to choose, and commonsense gun law reforms that will make our communities safer. His recent legislative efforts have included the ACT for ALS to create a new pathway to deliver treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, the Big Cat Public Safety Act to end private ownership of big cats, and the Park District Community Support Grant Program to support Chicago’s famous park districts.
In his free time, Mike teaches a course on intelligence and national security at the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago with his wife, Barb, and their two dogs, Maisy and Finneas.