U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17)
“Born in Springfield, Illinois, Cheri Bustos comes from a long line of farmers and teachers. The granddaughter of a hog farmer and a nurse and the daughter of a social worker and a newsman, Congresswoman Bustos was the youngest of three children. She followed her dad into the news business. While covering the police beat as a reporter in the Quad-Cities, Congresswoman Bustos met a rookie cop named Gerry Bustos who she fell in love with and married. After a career in investigative journalism, she worked in health care for one of the nation’s largest non-profit health care systems. There, she helped families access affordable coverage and worked to improve the quality of health care available in the community. Congresswoman Bustos has long been active in her community and served on numerous nonprofit boards and as the President of The Women’s Connection, which was at the time one of Illinois’ largest women’s membership organizations. She was elected to serve on the City Council in East Moline in 2007 where she severed for two terms.
In 2013, she was sworn into her first term in Congress, representing the hardworking families of the 17th Congressional District. In the 115th Congress, Congresswoman Bustos has served as a member of the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Agriculture. She also serves on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Congresswoman Bustos earned her Bachelor’s Degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. She also attended Illinois College in Jacksonville, where both her parents and son graduated.
U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16)
Adam D. Kinzinger was born in Kankakee, grew up in Bloomington, and now resides in Channahon, Illinois. He is currently serving his fifth term in the United States House of Representatives and proudly represents Illinois’ Sixteenth Congressional District, which stretches across 14 counties in Northern Illinois. Congressman Kinzinger graduated from Illinois State University in 2000 and served on the McLean County Board from 1998-2003. Following his service on the McLean County Board, Kinzinger joined the United States Air Force. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in November 2003 and later awarded his pilot wings.
Congressman Kinzinger served in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Kinzinger continues to serve his country as a pilot in the Air National Guard, with the current rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and balances this service with his duties in Congress. In 2007, he received the United States Air Force Airman's Medal for saving the life of a young woman who was being violently attacked. He was also awarded the National Guard's Valley Forge Cross for Heroism and was selected as the Southeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross Hero of the Year.
At the age of 41, Congressman Kinzinger is one of the youngest Members of Congress, yet he ranks in the top half of seniority in the full House of Representatives. He was named ‘A Republican Role Model for 2017’ by the Washington Post and is frequently applauded for his pragmatic approach to the myriad of issues facing America, and the world. In the 115th Congress, Congressman Kinzinger has served as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Foreign Affairs Committee