EMILYs List Congratulates Nikki Budzinski on Advancing to the General Election in Illinois
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2022
EMILYs List Congratulates Nikki Budzinski on Advancing to the General Election in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, congratulates Nikki Budzinski on advancing to the general election for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement:
“Nikki Budzinski now represents one of the best chances in the country to flip a House seat from red to blue. Her hard work, determination, and experience fighting for working families make her the right choice to represent the people of Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, and EMILYs List is thrilled to congratulate her on her victory and support her continued candidacy.”
Born in Peoria, IL, Nikki Budzinski is the granddaughter of a union painter and a public school teacher. She attended the University of Illinois Champaign and was inspired to pursue a career in public service after interning with former Congressman Dick Gephardt, former Sen. Paul Simon, and Planned Parenthood. She has worked to protect firefighters' rights with the IAFF and has fought for grocery workers and meatpackers with the UFCW. Budzinski then served as Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s senior advisor on labor issues and as the chair of the Illinois Broadband Advisory Council. She then served as chief of staff for President Biden’s Office of Management and Budget.
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