A record of public service.

Pat Dowell is a lifelong public servant.

As a Chicago Alderman, she worked to increase the number and strength of small businesses and develop economic opportunities for all. She passed the Vacant Land Ordinance which became a model for national legislation.

In Congress, she will work every day to ensure the first district receives its fair share of federal resources, safe guard voting rights and access, be a strong voice for gun control, protect social security and medicare, and provide healthcare for all.

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Working for you.

In Congress, I will work every day to ensure Chicago and all the communities of the 1st district receive their fair share of federal resources, safeguard voting rights and access, be a strong voice for gun control, protect Social Security and Medicare, and provide healthcare for all.

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A trusted, proven leader.

Ald. Dowell has served as a social worker, a city planner, an administrator of several large and small not-for-profits, and a university instructor.

She has an extensive background in urban planning and community development and was one of the primary architects of the Bronzeville Development Plan.

A Mom (and a Bulls fan).

Pat Dowell is the proud mother of an adult son and a longtime Bronzeville resident. As a college basketball star, she earned her bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology from The University of Rochester and her master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Dowell owns a scrappy Yorkshire Terrier named Toots and is an avid Chicago Bulls Fan.

While she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling – what she is truly passionate about is helping her constituents.

Preventing Gun Violence

Curbing the gun violence epidemic is a priority. We must make our communities safer and protect neighbors from senseless violence by getting illegal guns off the street.

Securing Healthcare for All

Healthcare is a human right, period. The richest country in the world should not have the most expensive and least accessible healthcare. As your Congresswoman, I will lead the fight for every person to have affordable, quality healthcare and protect Medicare.

Fostering Economic Development

I will work every day to ensure all the communities of the First District receive their fair share of federal resources. I look forward to helping businesses, especially minority and women-owned small businesses, reach their full potential.

Strengthening and Protecting Voting Rights

It should be easier for every eligible voter to participate and every vote should be counted fairly. I will sponsor legislation that safeguards voting rights and access and work with civil society groups and local election authorities to increase voter education.