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Birthdate: Aug. 15, 1937
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, United States
Residence: Hinsdale, IL
First Elected: 1998
Judy Biggert was born and raised in Chicago, and now resides in the Chicago suburb of Hinsdale. She earned a bachelor's in international relations at Stanford University in 1959 and a law degree at Northwestern University in 1963.
Biggert started her law career by clerking for a federal appellate court judge. She ran a real estate law practice from her home while raising her children.
Biggert had years of experience in charities and local government before she was elected in 1992 to the Illinois House, where she served for six years.
She was elected to the U.S. House in 1998.
Biggert and her husband, Rody, have four children.
Longtime U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert could face one of the most difficult elections of her career in November, after a congressional remapping and a challenge by former one-time U.S. Rep. Bill Foster.
But Biggert, who first won office in 1998, has staked out territory as a centrist in years past, which could mean a close race at a time when Democrats see Illinois as key to regaining control of the U.S. House.
In April 2012, Bigger sponsored legislation that would keep interest rates on federal college loans from doubling.
"Every penny counts when you're trying to start a career in a job market where even the most experienced workers can't find a job," she said. "And the tax-and-spend polices in Washington haven't made it any easier. The last thing these students need is more debt."
Her Chicago-area district still spans several southwest suburbs, but the new 11th District only contains about half of her old district.
One of her pet issues is preventing the voracious Asian carp from inhabiting the Great Lakes.
In December 2009, after wildlife officials discovered a single Asian carp in the canal leading to Lake Michigan, Biggert became more vocal on the issue. She has sponsored legislation to add more Asian carp species that are prohibited from being imported or shipped. She also opposed proposals to close Chicago-area shipping locks, saying the economic impact would be immense.
Biggert started 2009 by voting against economic stimulus measures and federal spending proposals worth more than $2 trillion.
In April 2009, she focused on advancing legislation that would combat mortgage fraud, improve service to families in public housing and expand the availability of HUD-approved counseling on housing matters.
"These bills will address underlying weaknesses in the housing market while helping families who have been adversely affected by the economic downturn," she said.
Biggert, breaking with many other Republicans, praised President Barack Obama's decision to reverse the administration of President George W. Bush's limits on research with fetal stem cells. She called the restrictions "a flawed policy."
Her position on stem cells is just one example of her centrist views.
"I'm the mainstream Republican," Biggert has said. "I think it's very important that we don't allow our party to be taken over by the ultraconservatives."
Source: Associated Press
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