Melissa Bean

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Melissa Bean previously served the 8th Congressional district of Illinois

Melissa Luburi Bean, a Democrat, is a former U.S. Representative for the Eighth Congressional District of Illinois, having served 2005 to 2011. She lost the seat to tea-party Republican Joe Walsh. The district is located in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. (map) [1]

Record and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Melissa Bean voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Transparency legislation

On May 4, 2006, Rep. Bean introduced House Resolution 797, which was referred to the Committee on House Administration where no action was taken. The resolution contained the following:

  • Instruct the Clerk of the House to create a record organized by member name of all recorded votes including the roll, date, issue, question, result, and title or description of the vote, and any cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office related to the vote.
  • Require all members to have a link to their voting record in this database on their official webpage.
Main article: Transparency & Disclosure Legislation (109th Congress)

Bean's voting record has been a matter of controversy to some Democrats, particularly her being one of only fifteen Democrats to vote for passage of CAFTA. Before the final vote, some labor unions sent a letter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warning they would not offer any support to Bean if she supported CAFTA. Organized labor had played an important role in her 2004 victory so without their support her seat is put in further jeopardy for the Democrats.

Small Business Lending Improvements Act of 2007

On March 6, 2007, Bean introduced the Small Business Lending Improvements Act of 2007, aimed at improving small business access to capital programs of the Small Business Administration. Specifically, the bill would[2]:

  • Carry forward a program aimed at increasing medical professionals in shortage areas
  • Increase veterans’ access to small business startup funding
  • Authorize loan projects that reduce energy consumption by at least ten-percent
  • Modify certification requirements for participating developer organizations.[3]

The House passed the bill, 380 to 45, on April 25, 2007.[4]

Main article: U.S._small_business_legislation#Small_Business_Lending_Improvements_Act_of_2007


Bean was born January 22, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois and is of Serbian descent. She earned her BA in Political Science from Roosevelt University. She is president of a consulting firm whose clients include several high-tech Fortune 1000 companies.

In Congress, she is "working to increase access to affordable health insurance, provide meaningful tax relief, improve the climate for small businesses, and demand greater fiscal responsibility and accountability from Congress and the federal government."[5]

In 2002, Bean ran for Congress against 33-year Republican incumbent Phil Crane, losing with 43%--a stunning total since she received almost no funding from the national party. In the 2004 campaign cycle, the Bean campaign raised almost as much money as the Crane campaign, mostly from individual donors, as opposed to Crane, most of whose money came from political action committees. Bean's campaign gained traction with charges that Crane, once a leader of conservative forces in the House, had become a "do-nothing" Congressman, and by focusing attention on lobbyist-funded trips that he had taken. On November 2, 2004, Bean defeated Crane with 52% of the vote.

2006 elections

Her seat has been targeted by Republicans as vulnerable due to Bean's freshman status and the fact that her district went heavily for George W. Bush in the presidential election; if she is reelected in 2006, her position will be in much less jeopardy. The Republicans nominated David McSweeney to face Bean in her November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) Bean retained her seat.[6]

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Illinois superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Melissa Bean, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

For more information and sources, see the state page for this superdelegate linked to in the blue box above.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00024875&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Melissa Bean
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Committees and affiliations


Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More background data

Wikipedia also has an article on Melissa Bean. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Former contact

DC Office:
432 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3711
Fax: 202-225-7830

District Office- Schaumburg:
1701 E Woodfield Road Ste 200
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-517-2927
Fax: 847-517-2931

Articles and resources

Related SourceWatch articles


  1. Melissa Bean profile, The Washington Post, accessed January 2011.
  2. Robert McElroy, "Managing America: Finance," TheWeekInCongress, April 27, 2007.
  3. Robert McElroy, "Managing America: Finance," TheWeekInCongress, April 27, 2007.
  4. Robert McElroy, "Managing America: Finance," TheWeekInCongress, April 27, 2007.
  5. "Meet Melissa," U.S. House of Representatives.
  6. "2006 Congressional Races in Illinois," Center for Responsive Politics.

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

External articles

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
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Committees: House Committee on Financial Services, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, House Committee on Financial Services/Subcommittee on Capital Markets Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises, House Committee on Small Business, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Regulations Healthcare and Trade, House Committee on Small Business/Subcommittee on Finance and Tax
Congressional Career
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November 2, 2004
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2005
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
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Freshman Member?
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None or not available
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District Offices:
1. 1701 E Woodfield Road Ste 200, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-517-2927 / Fax: 847-517-2931

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Date of Birth: January 22, 1962