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Jehan Gordon-Booth Named New House Speaker Pro Tempore

Jehan Gordon-Booth speaking at news conference
Joe Deacon
Jehan Gordon-Booth

State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth is the new Speaker Pro Tempore of the Illinois House.The Peoria Democrat is the highest-ranking member of the Illinois House from outside the Chicago area. She previously served as Deputy Majority Leader and Assistant Majority Leader.

“With the elevation of Chris Welch to Speaker of the House and Kamala Harris as Vice President, we are at a historic moment in our state and our nation,” Gordon-Booth said in a prepared statement.

“By working cooperatively across levels of government and across the diverse communities of Illinois, we can not only recover from the COVID-19 pandemic but build back a stronger state that is more equal and more just.”

Gordon-Booth said she will work to ensure Peoria gets its fair share of COVID-19 relief, and funds for infrastructure, schools, and job creation.

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