300 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
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Michael J. Madigan was re-elected Speaker of the House in January 2013, a position he has held since 1983, with the exception of 1995 and 1996 (89th General Assembly). He has also served as House Democratic Leader and House Majority Leader.
As Speaker, Madigan has worked to build consensus, bring equitable treatment to all regions of the state and work in a bipartisan manner to address Illinois' most pressing issues. He advocates for honest, efficient government and has fought to improve the quality of life for working families. Under his leadership, the Legislature has enacted sweeping ethics laws, the first campaign finance limits in state history, and needed reforms to the state budget process and workers' compensation system.
His work during the current General Assembly includes requiring universal background checks on potential gun buyers, continuing to pay down the state's backlog of bills, and passing pension reforms needed to stabilize the state's finances and the retirements of teachers and state employees. His work in the Legislature has been consistently marked with honors and distinctions from a wide range of civic, community, educational and business organizations.
Speaker Madigan was first elected as a delegate to the 1970 Constitutional Convention and then as a state Representative the same year. He was born April 19, 1942, in the district he now represents. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University School of Law and practices law in Chicago.
Madigan and his wife, Shirley, have three daughters, a son and three granddaughters.