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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Economy and Jobs

Our country has come a long way since 2008 when our nation experienced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Since that time, I’m proud to say our economy has significantly recovered. Thanks in large part to the policies implemented under the Obama Administration, unemployment has been cut in half, household wealth exceeds pre-crisis levels, and we’ve had the longest streak of private-sector job growth in our history. However, it’s indisputable that too many Americans still aren’t experiencing the benefits of our growing economy. In fact, between 2009 and 2012, 91 percent of income gains went to those in the top one percent. This means it’s harder for middle-class Americans to climb the ladder of success, and even harder for poor Americans to grab hold of the lowest rung. I believe that expanding our middle class requires us to adopt a combination of policies that tackle income inequality so all Americans have a fair shot in today’s economy and polices that accelerate economic growth so American workers and businesses can thrive in tomorrow’s economy.

In Congress, I’m an active member of the New Democrat Coalition, which is a pro-growth, fiscally-responsible, solutions-oriented coalition of members that seeks to bridge the partisan divide and enact new and innovative policies that will help build a 21st century American economy. I’ve been proud to introduce legislation, which is now law, that will give small businesses a greater voice in the regulatory process. I’ve also supported legislation to expand small business exports overseasraise the minimum wagecombat wage discrimination; and reward businesses that hire veterans. Furthermore, I have opposed efforts to undermine worker's rights and have addressed the importance of strengthening our unions.


Rep. Mike Quigley celebrates “Start-Up Day Across America” with Chicago-based companies Reverb and Curiosity.

Rep. Mike Quigley hosted a roundtable with ACG Global and prominent Chicago women in finance for a roundtable discussion to better understand the barriers women face in their ascent to leadership positions in the financial sector.
Rep. Mike Quigley bill to expand small business’ voice at the SEC was signed into law by President Obama.

More on Economy and Jobs

Oct 4, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the New Democrat Coalition, joined ACG Global and prominent Chicago women in finance for a roundtable discussion to better understand the barriers women face in their ascent to leadership positions in the financial sector and what Congress can do to help remove these hurdles.
Sep 13, 2016 In the News
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 – The International Franchise Association (IFA) applauds the launch of the bipartisan Congressional Franchise Caucus (CFC) by co-chairs Representative Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Representative Collin Peterson (D-MN). Both congressmen are leaders on the issues important to franchise businesses and understand the vast contributions franchise small businesses make in their communities.The IFA also appreciates the bipartisan support of the Caucus by the founding members, including Representatives Ami Bera (D-CA), Barbara Comstock (R-VA), George Holding (R-NC), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Mike Quigley (D-IL), Phil Roe (R-TN), and Scott Tipton (R-CO).
Sep 4, 2016 In the News
Giant white cylinders for liquefied natural gas rise above the vast parking lot of the Hodgkins UPS facility.
Aug 4, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) participated in “Start-Up Day Across America” at Curiosity and, two Chicago-based tech companies, to discuss the importance of high-tech entrepreneurship and ways the government can support the industry.
Jul 28, 2016 Editorials
When I was sworn in to Congress in April of 2009, we were at the height of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Unemployment shot up to 10 percent, median household wealth plummeted by almost 40 percent and nearly five million homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure. Fortunately, we’ve come a long way since 2009.