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Juliana Stratton (née Wiggins; born September 8, 1965) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the 48th lieutenant governor of Illinois, since 2019. She previously served as a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2017 to 2019. She is the first African-American woman to become Illinois' lieutenant governor.[1]

Juliana Stratton
Juliana Stratton 2018.jpg
48th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
GovernorJ. B. Pritzker
Preceded byEvelyn Sanguinetti
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 5th district
In office
January 11, 2017 – January 9, 2019
Preceded byKenneth Dunkin
Succeeded byLamont Robinson
Personal details
Born
Juliana Wiggins

(1965-09-08) September 8, 1965 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Children3
EducationUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BS)
DePaul University (JD)

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Early life and educationEdit

Stratton was born to a schoolteacher mother and doctor father, and raised in the South Side of Chicago, where she attended Kenwood Academy.[2] Stratton earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University.[3]

Earlier careerEdit

Stratton has been the director for the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago since July 2015.[4] Prior to that, she was the executive director at Cook County Justice for Children and president of a mediation services company.

Illinois House of RepresentativesEdit

In 2016, Stratton challenged Ken Dunkin for the fifth district seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. She received an endorsement from President Barack Obama,[5] as well as support from several unions due to her support for "child care, labor, and home care".[6]

In March 2016, she defeated Dunkin decisively, with 68% of the vote,[6] in a primary race noted to be one of the most expensive in Illinois, with a total of $6 million in contributions for the candidates.[4][7][8]

By August 2017, she had led 25 bills, with 9 appearing before Governor Bruce Rauner, and served on several committees.[6]

Lieutenant Governor of IllinoisEdit

On August 9, 2017, Stratton was announced as J. B. Pritzker's running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial election.[9] She cited early childhood education and women's reproductive rights as two of her priorities,[6] with criminal justice reform as another.[2]

As of November 7, 2018, she was elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Illinois with her and Pritzker defeating Republican incumbents Bruce Rauner and Evelyn Sanguinetti.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Stratton is the mother of three children and lives in Bronzeville. She cites her hobby of running marathons and triathlons as giving her the discipline needed for the rigors of campaigning.[6] In Chicago, she is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the city's chapter of Jack and Jill of America.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Rhodes Scholar Antonio Delgado is Headed to Congress • EBONY". EBONY. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Meet Juliana - JB Pritzker for Governor". JB Pritzker for Governor. October 1, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  3. ^ "City Club of Chicago: J.B Pritzker & Juliana Stratton". WGN Radio - 720 AM. September 14, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Two Illinois primaries test party loyalty - Breeze-Courier". Breeze Courier. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ Schulte, Sarah (March 16, 2016). "Stratton beats Dunkin in Democratic primary for 5th District". ABC7 Chicago. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Juliana Stratton: Pritzker's Running Mate Speaks Out". The Chicago Defender. August 31, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Cholke, Sam and Jamie Nesbitt Golden (March 15, 2016). "Juliana Stratton Trounces Ken Dunkin In Battle With Madigan-Rauner Ties". DNAinfo.com. Archived from the original on November 8, 2016. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  8. ^ Lee, Monique Garcia, David Heinzmann, William. "Madigan-backed Stratton defeats incumbent Dunkin in state House race". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Miller, Rich (August 9, 2017). "Pritzker to pick Rep. Stratton". Capitol Fax. Springfield, Illinois. Archived from the original on August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Juliana Stratton, Illinois 2016 primary election". Sun-Times 2018 primary candidate questionnaires. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
Illinois House of Representatives
Preceded by
Kenneth Dunkin
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 5th district

2017–2019
Succeeded by
Lamont Robinson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Paul Vallas
Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
2018
Most recent
Political offices
Preceded by
Evelyn Sanguinetti
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
2019–present
Incumbent