Debbie Halvorson

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Debbie Halvorson currently serves the 11th Congressional District of Illinois

Debbie Halvorson has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 11th district of the State of Illinois, since 2009 (map).

Positions, record and controversies


Halvorson believes that small businesses should be able to bargain collectively for lower premiums on their employee health benefits. She supports strengthening Medicare by allowing the government to negotiate with drug companies for lower prescription drug prices, and ensuring that insurance companies hold up their end of the deal. [1]

Iraq and National Security

Halvorson says on her website that the U.S should bring the troops home safely and securely. She believes that U.S national security will be enhanced by better securing the borders and ports and ensuring that nuclear weapons are accounted for and secure and restoring by America’s relationships with other nations. She also believes that veterans and active soliders should be provided with the health care, job opportunities, and other support.[1]


On her campaign website, Halvorson says that additional performance measures, smaller classes, more highly qualified teachers, and fully funded special education programs are needed before reauthorizing No Child Left Behind. She also vows to make college more affordable for all families. Halvorson says she would create higher standards for high school graduation requirements, better testing for elementary and middle school children, and additional funding for early childhood education. [1]

Labor, Economy and Business

Halvorson says that U.S budget priorities must include "affordable health care, quality child care, investments in early childhood education, making college more affordable, and providing for a secure retirement." Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag She went on to defeat Republican nominee Marty Ozinga in the November 2008 general election.[2]

Money in politics

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Campaign contributions

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Committees and affiliations



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Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Issues|Debbie Halvorson for Congress
  2. "Illinois 2008 General Election",, November 4, 2008

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Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Committees Chaired:
Ranking Member On:

Committees: n/a
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2008
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Previous Political Work?
Illinois State Senate
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 116 N. Chicago St., Suite 401, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815-726-4998 / Fax: 815-726-8024

Campaign Contact:

Webform Email: / Email:

Campaign Offices:

1. PO Box 176, Crete, IL 60417
Phone: 708-672-4100 / Fax:

Zip Code Affiliations:

Date of Birth: March 1, 1958