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Stephanie Kifowit is serving her second term as State Representative of the 84th District. Kifowit is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a former substitute teacher, and previously served as an alderman in the city of Aurora. She is currently serving on the committees on Appropriations-General Services (Vice Chair), Financial Institutions, Health Care Licenses, and Intermodal Infrastructure for the 99th General Assembly.
Stephanie's priorities as state representative include fighting for increased fiscal responsibility and ensuring state government lives within its means. Drawing from her experience as a financial advisor, Stephanie has worked to make government more efficient for taxpayers, eliminate unnecessary spending and save taxpayer dollars. During her first term, Stephanie voted to cut legislators' salaries, including her own. To help address the challenges facing the state's pension systems, Stephanie refused to take a legislative pension. As a member of the House Appropriations-General Services Committee, she went line-by-line through the budget and reduced spending in the largest sections of the budget outside of education and health care. Due to her financial experience, she was recently appointed Vice Chair of the House Appropriations-General Services Committee.
Stephanie opposes passing the state's financial burden onto working families. Not only did she consistently oppose the state's income tax increase, she took numerous votes against tax and fee increases, including proposals to raise rates on homeowners, businesses, truck rentals, utility rates and senior services. As she goes door-to-door to speak with area families, local residents have consistently told her that property taxes are too high. Stephanie has sponsored several proposals to stop increasing property taxes, and she will continue to work for real relief for taxpayers.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Stephanie has made it a priority to honor her fellow veterans. As an advocate for all veterans, she introduced legislation to create a Veterans' Suicide Taskforce to help recently returning veterans address issues of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression and to prevent suicides. When she became aware that some veterans were losing their homes due to loopholes costing them more in property taxes, she passed legislation to deliver some needed relief. Honoring veterans of the Vietnam War, she presented the "Welcome Home Resolution" and publicly thanked Vietnam veterans for their service to our country. Locally, she continues the effort to keep the Aurora Fourth of July Parade an annual event by collaborating with Aurora American Legion Post 84 and the City of Aurora, in addition to being active in many veterans groups throughout the area.
Stephanie will continue working with local employers to help create jobs and improve the infrastructure of the region. Stephanie has worked with businesses and organizations throughout the state to find strategies to keep businesses hiring and growing in Illinois. As a result, she was able to secure training resources for local employers to maintain and increase their workforce and make them even more competitive.
As a former substitute teacher, Stephanie has first-hand experience working in our community's schools and believes they should be well equipped to help all students succeed. Stephanie opposes attempts to reduce resources to area schools, and she will continue to support the dedicated teachers and administrators who work hard for our children.
As a wife and mother, Stephanie is focused on protecting our families from dangerous predators. In her fight against domestic violence, she has passed legislation that allows judges to place suspects in domestic violence cases under electronic surveillance as a condition of bail. She also supported a law that increases the penalties on those who contact minors electronically with the intent to commit a sexual offense. Stephanie will work to toughen penalties on sexual predators that contact children over the internet and give prosecutors more time to put dangerous rapists behind bars. She also supported a law to provide additional protection to children who are the victim of cyber-bullying.
Stephanie believes government should be accountable to the people. She supported legislation to make it illegal for former politicians charged with a felony from receiving a state pension. When she discovered a local board was made of up appointed members, not elected, Stephanie passed legislation to make the members of the Fox Valley Park District accountable to voters. She believes area families should have a say in how their tax dollars are spent and how the board impacts the community.
Stephanie graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University. She has been married for 18 years and has two children.
The 84th Representative District includes portions of Aurora, Montgomery, Naperville and Oswego and all of Boulder Hill.
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