Mike Simmons

Illinois State Senate, District 7

Mike will continue to be a strong voice for LGBTQ citizens in the Illinois State Senate!

Biography

Mike has brought his brand of activist leadership to the Senate introducing far-reaching proposals that go beyond incrementalism. He has introduced legislation that would create a $600 state-level per child tax credit for struggling parents, and legislation to expand health care to the uninsured by increasing the eligibility threshold for Medicaid. In his first four months in the Senate, he hit the ground running getting six bills passed with a strong equity focus, including the Jett Hawkins Act, which prohibits schools from discriminating against black students based on their hair, and a bill that requires the state to begin collecting data for LGBTQIA populations to make our community visible when it’s time to fund programs and address systemic issues such as inequitable access to quality health care. Mike also passed legislation that supports survivors of sexual assault and harassment. He has been a vocal advocate for police accountability, vaccine equity, mental health parity, and he has fought to protect critical reproductive rights. One of his proudest votes was for the Illinois Way Forward Act which prohibits local law enforcement from collaborating with ICE, enacting some of the strongest protections for immigrants in the country. 

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