Pat Dowell is a lifelong public servant. She has served as a social worker, a city planner, an administrator of several large and small not-for-profits, and a university instructor.
Since 2007, she has served as the Alderman of the 3rd Ward of Chicago. She is the Chair of the Chicago City Council Budget Committee.
Dowell was a significant catalyst for the rebirth of the historic Bronzeville community that occurred in the 1990s. She has an extensive background in urban planning and community development and was one of the primary architects of the Bronzeville Development Plan.
Formerly, Dowell was the executive director of the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, the Mid-South Planning and Development Commission, and Chicago Public Allies, a national youth development organization.
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 to serve the needs of her constituents.
Cook County Commissioner
MWRD Vice President
Chicago Alderman, Black Caucus Chair
34th Ward Committeeman
In August 2020, I received a robocall from Jack Burkman; the call said, “Did you know that if you vote by mail, your personal information will be part of a public database that will be used by police departments to track down old warrants and be used by credit card companies to collect outstanding debts?”Read More
Illinois Secretary of State candidate Pat Dowell is announcing the members of the Finance Committee for her campaign for Secretary of State. "I am honored that these community and business leaders have committed to help our campaign," said Dowell. "While I just joined this race only a short time ago, I am humbled by the support and generosity of so many. I look forward to more events around the state including the suburbs, southland and the city."Read More
Alderman Pat Dowell , Democratic Candidate for Illinois Secretary of State, will visit the Greater Palatine Area Democrats (GPAD) booth this Saturday, July 3, at 3 p.m. at The Hometown Fest at Community Park, 250 E. Wood St. in Palatine.Read More
Secretary of State candidate Pat Dowell announced her plan to set a supplier diversity goal for the Secretary of State's office that is double the current goal for State of Illinois agencies."Increasing contracting opportunities for women, veterans, and Black and Brown entrepreneurs can be done," Ald. Dowell said. "I know, because I've done it in my ward and throughout the City of Chicago."Read More
Today, Chicago Alderman Pat Dowell, candidate for Democratic nominee for Illinois Secretary of State, released an innovative program for the Secretary of State's office. She is proposing that the Secretary of State implement a personal dashboard for each resident that could be viewed on their mobile devices or the SoS website.Read More
Dowell announced endorsements from Congressman Danny Davis, Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, Proviso Township Democrats, Cook County Commissioner Bill Lowry, State Senator Mattie Hunter, Chicago Ald. Chris Taliafiero, Ald. Rod Sawyer, Ald. Scott Waguespack, Ald. Emma Mitts, Ald. Derrick Curtis, Ald. Jason Ervin, Ald. Carrie Austin, State Representative Lamont Robinson, and State Representative Kam Buckner.Read More
At a Secretary of State's Forum held by the Cook County Democratic Party on Saturday, June 5, candidate Alexi Giannoulias was asked if he had ever endorsed a Republican. He said that he had not. In fact, in 2014 he endorsed Republican Tom Cross for statewide office against a Democrat. This was widely reported at the time by outlets including The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and Capitol Fax.Read More
Alderman Jason Ervin, the Chairman of the Black Caucus of the Chicago City Council, today announced his support for Alderman Pat Dowell's candidacy for Illinois Secretary of State."Alderman Pat Dowell is one of the most hardworking and conscientious members of the Chicago City Council," said Alderman Jason Ervin. "She champions the needs of African Americans while making sure that all of her constituents are respected and protected. We have worked together for more than a decade. She is smart and focused and gets the job the done."Read More