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Senator Ira I. Silverstein Bio

Senator Ira I. Silverstein was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 1998. Throughout his tenure representing the 8th Senate District, he has been an advocate for good government and a strong voice for making communities safer and protecting consumer rights. Senator Silverstein was singled out in the past by a Chicago Tribune editorial as being a "quiet but hard working" legislator and one of the "few members who actually reads all proposed legislation."

Senator Silverstein is a leading voice for public safety, passing legislation protecting children from known sexual predators and from "cyber-bullies". He is a tireless promoter of consumer rights as well as Internet and technology-related protections. He serves on the Senate's Executive (Vice-Chair), Executive Appointments, Financial Institutions, Gaming, Judiciary and Revenue Committees.

Senator Silverstein earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and his law degree from the John Marshall Law School. He is married to Debra Silverstein, a CPA and Alderman of Chicago's 50th Ward. They have four children

Senator Ira I. Silverstein

Majority Caucus Chair Ira I. Silverstein

8th District

Years served:
1999 - Present

Committee assignments: Executive (Vice Chairperson); Executive Appointments; Financial Institutions; Gaming; Judiciary; Revenue.

Biography: Attorney; Degrees from Loyola University in 1982 and John Marshall Law School in 1985; past President of the Northtown Community Council; board member of the Korean Senior Center; member of the Greek Pan-Hellenic Laconian organization; Director of the Bernard Horwich JCC; married (wife, Debra), has four children.