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Biss honored as term nears end

biss 112818The Illinois Senate honored Senator Daniel Biss’ term in office today with a resolution celebrating his service as his term comes to an end, as the Senator from Evanston thanked his colleagues and family for their support during his endeavors in the General Assembly.

Coming to the Senate from the Illinois House of Representatives in 2013, the Harvard graduate and holder of a Ph.D. in mathematics from MIT was known for his advocacy of women, minorities and LGBT persons, his interest in modernizing Illinois law to address rapidly evolving technologies and his creation of the Secure Choice Savings Program for retirees.

Biss’ accomplishment also included legislation banning gay conversion therapy, ending the suitability of a “gay panic defense” in cases of murder, and creating the Student Loan Bill of Rights to better safeguard young people as they plan the finances around their higher education.

Colleagues noted his reputation as an intelligent, dogged and patient advocate for difficult and complicated legislation, (and an accomplished juggler). Biss ends a career in the General Assembly that began in the Illinois House in 2011.

Senator Daniel Biss

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9th Senate District

Years served: 2011 - 2012 (House); 2013 - Present (Senate)

Associated Representatives: Laura Fine; Robyn Gabel

Committee assignments: Education; Environment and Conservation; Executive Appointments; Human Services; Labor (Chairperson); Revenue.

Biography: Full-time legislator; former University of Chicago math professor; doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and undergraduate degree from Harvard University. Served one term in the House before his election to the Senate. Resides in Evanston with his wife, Karin, and their children, Elliot and Theodore. Co-chair of a bipartisan pensions working group in the House and chair of the Digital Divide Elimination Advisory Committee.