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Sara Feigenholtz
American politician

Sara Feigenholtz

Sara Feigenholtz
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Intro American politician
Is Politician
From United States of America
Field Politics
Gender female
Birth 11 December 1956, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Age 67 years
Star sign Sagittarius
Politics Democratic Party
John F. Kennedy School of Government
University of Illinois system
Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame 2001
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Sara Feigenholtz (born December 11, 1956) is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate who has represented the 6th District since 2020. The District includes the lakefront neighborhoods of Lake View, Lincoln Park, Buena Park and the Near North Side in the city of Chicago.


Sara Feigenholtz's political interests and activity, notably in the areas of adoption, women's issues and health care, reflect her personal experience and family background. Her adoptive mother, Florence Buky, an immigrant from Białystok, Poland, worked her way through medical school to become an obstetrician. Many of Dr. Buky's patients were unable to care for their children and this was how she came to adopt Sara and her brother. Feigenholz attributes the origin of her political commitment to health care as a basic right to the childhood experience of patients calling to see Dr. Buky at the family home in Lake View, Chicago, and her mother never turning anyone away, even those unable to pay.

Feigenholtz earned her bachelor's degree in political science and speech and performing arts from Northeastern Illinois University. and went on to earn a fellowship degree from the University of Illinois School Of Public Health. In 2011, she completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

She worked as Chief of Staff to State Representative John Cullerton before becoming a fund-raiser for progressive causes.

State Representative

Feigenholtz was elected to her first term as state representative of Illinois’ 12th District in 1994, defeating long-standing incumbent Ellis B. Levin. She chose to focus her attention on health care and human services reform. She was a lead sponsor of the Family Health Care Bill. She also campaigned for the introduction of the All Kids program.

In 2010, she sponsored the Original Birth Certificate Access Bill. This law provides for the release of the original birth certificate to an adopted person upon written request, provided he or she is over the age of 21.

As part of the Affordable Care Act implementation, Feigenholtz sponsored the 2013 expansion of Medicaid in Illinois. This legislation extended coverage to thousands of Illinoisans who were shut out of the health care system.

In 2017, Feigenholtz sponsored House Bill 40 in the 100th General Assembly, which will keep abortion legal in Illinois if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States. It also extends insurance coverage of abortion to state employees and women insured through Medicaid.

Sara Feigenholtz served as Assistant Majority Leader from 2013 through 2019. She currently chairs the Adoption & Child Welfare Committee, and most recently served on the Appropriations-Human Services, Tourism, Hospitality and Craft, Mental Health, Environment, and Energy Committees.

In 2018, Democrat J.B. Pritzker appointed Feigenholtz a member of the gubernatorial transition's Healthy Children and Families Committee.

Special congressional election

Feigenholtz came in third place to Mike Quigley in the Illinois's 5th congressional district special election, 2009 to fill the district seat vacated by Rahm Emanuel, who resigned to serve as President Barack Obama's Chief of Staff.


In 2001 Feigenholtz was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame as a Friend of the Community.

Electoral History

Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz 16,467 73.96
Republican William J. Enright 5,797 26.04
Total votes 22,264 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 27,659 76.97
Republican Beret A. Olson 8,275 23.03
Total votes 35,934 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 19,978 100.0
Total votes 19,978 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 31,706 74.82
Republican Robert Huntington 10,670 25.18
Total votes 42,376 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 22,448 74.23
Republican Michael G. Weiler 7,793 25.77
Total votes 30,241 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 36,671 75.63
Republican Marie-Elana Leone 11,814 24.37
Total votes 48,485 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 23,749 81.13
Republican Richard A. Caner 5,524 18.87
Total votes 29,273 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 38,502 84.43
Green Tim Quirk 7,100 15.57
Total votes 45,602 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Mike Quigley 12,118 22.37
Democratic John A. Fritchey 9,835 17.89
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz 9,194 16.72
Democratic Victor A. Forys 6,428 11.69
Democratic Patrick J. O'Connor 6,388 11.62
Democratic Charles J. Wheelan 3,681 6.69
Democratic Tom Geoghegan 3,342 6.08
Democratic Paul J. Bryar 1,111 2.02
Democratic Jan H. Donatelli 892 1.62
Democratic Frank Annunzio 755 1.37
Democratic Cary Capparelli 714 1.30
Democratic Carlos A. Monteagudo 521 0.95
Democratic Roger A. Thompson III 10 0.02
Total votes 54,989 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 22,272 68.95
Republican Dave Lenkowski 10,031 31.05
Total votes 32,303 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 40,397 99.96
Write-in votes Frank Rowder 17 0.04
Total votes 40,414 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 25,512 100.0
Total votes 25,512 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 43,858 75.59
Republican Gene Witt 14,161 24.41
Total votes 58,019 100.0
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sara Feigenholtz (incumbent) 46,346 100.0
Total votes 46,346 100.0
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 25 Aug 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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