Rep. Ramirez' Appointment to Assistant Majority Leader
January 21, 2021 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill.
Thursday morning Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch announced the members of his House Democratic leadership team, a diverse set of legislators to advance the policies of his new administration. State Representative Delia C. Ramirez, D-Chicago, has been appointed to the role of Assistant Majority Leader.
Some highlights of Rep. Ramirez’ work during her first full term in the General Assembly include:
● Championing housing rights at the state level where her advocacy has led to 1) securing $200 million for the development of affordable housing in the 2019 Capital budget 2) appropriating $396 million for emergency rental and mortgage assistance during the Spring 2020 emergency legislative session and 3) passing emergency legislation in the House that would protect people at risk of losing their homes during the pandemic;
● Fighting for immigrant communities, specifically leading on a historic measure to become the first state in the country to expand healthcare access to undocumented seniors;
● Protecting children and families as the Acting Chair of the Adoption and Child Welfare Committee, and by leading a statewide Task Force to address issues that impact Children of Incarcerated Parents.
“I am honored to work with Speaker Welch as he begins the hard job of leading our chamber and state through this difficult moment. I am thankful to my Latino Caucus colleagues who have entrusted me with this responsibility. We accomplished historic and much needed reforms advancing equity, opportunity, and justice in our state during the lame duck session. With Speaker Welch’s leadership and his commitment to collaboration, diversity, and transparency, it is my hope that we can deliver even more for the people of Illinois.” Ramirez said.
“Our state is in desperate straits as we grapple with multiple crises, and our residents need immediate relief and proactive policy solutions. I am ready and eager to do my part to tackle these challenges in service of the millions of Illinoisians depending on us.”