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Michael 'Mike' Quigley
Birthdate: Oct. 17, 1958
Birth Place: Indianapolis, IN, United States
Residence: Chicago, IL
First Elected: 2009
District: District 5
Undergraduate: Roosevelt University
Graduate: University of Chicago
Graduate: Loyola University
Mike Quigley was born in Indianapolis but moved to the Chicago suburb of Carol Stream when he was in the second grade. A Chicago Cubs fan, he now lives on Chicago's North Side, not far from Wrigley Field. He earned a bachelor's from Roosevelt University, a master's from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Loyola University.
Quigley worked for a Chicago alderman in the 1980s, running his ward office and learning real-life political lessons about delivering services to constituents.
He was elected to the Cook County Board in 1998, an office he held until he was elected to the U.S. House in April 2009. He replaced former Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who gave up the seat to become President Barack Obama's chief of staff.
Quigley and wife, Barbara, have two daughters from previous marriages.
Mike Quigley, a former Cook County Board member, was elected to Congress in an April 2009 special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who left Congress to become President Barack Obama's chief of staff.
He easily won re-election in his Democratic-friendly district the following year and had no challengers in the 2012 Democratic primary. He faces political newcomer, Dan Schmitt, a former coffee truck owner, in the November general election.
Quigley has said his priorities on Capitol Hill include environmental issues, human rights and universal health care. He also has been a staunch supporter of gay rights, pushing measures that extended same-sex benefits to county workers and created a domestic partner registry. He supported Obama's repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Quigley has been an advocate for immigrant rights, working in 2012 with Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk to push for an extension of the visa-waiver program to Poland, saying it would benefit the large Polish population in the Chicago area.
Quigley voted in favor of the 2010 health care overhaul.
He is known as an independent, reform-minded politician. But during his 10 years on the Cook County Board, Quigley concedes he learned how to be "one of the boys" to get things done.
That didn't mean supporting measures he didn't agree with, but it did mean supporting other commissioners with their projects or giving them measures to introduce when they wanted to win the backing of some of his supporters.
"You got to be willing to wheel and deal a little bit," Quigley said. "That does not mean you sell your soul."
During his years on the county commission, Quigley was regarded as a fiscal watchdog and worked on environmental issues.
Source: Associated Press
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