At a Glance
- Career History: Member, Illinois House of Representatives, (1992-1998); Hinsdale Board of Education (1982-1985); Practicing attorney (1975-1998)
- Birthday: August, 15, 1937
- Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
- Alma Mater: Northwestern University, J.D. 1963; Stanford University, B.A. 1959
- Spouse: Rody
- Religion: Episcopalian
- Committees: Education and Labor ; Science and Technology ; Financial Services (Chair, Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity)
- DC Office: 2113 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515-1313, Phone: 202-225-3515
- District Office: 6262 S. Route 83, Suite 305, Willowbrook, IL 60527, Phone: 630-655-2052
Path to Power
An Illinois native, Judy Biggert was born in Chicago, Ill., on August 15, 1937, and attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. She earned a bachelor's degree in international relations at Stanford University in 1959 and a law degree from Northwestern University in 1963.
Biggert began her law career by clerking for a federal appellate court judge. A self-described "former carpool mom and assistant soccer coach," she later practiced estate and real-estate law from home while raising her four children.
Biggert has described herself as a mainstream Republican and a centrist. Wary of ultra-conservatives, she has a moderate voting record, particularly on social issues. She supports embryonic stem-cell research and abortions rights, with the exception of late term abortions. She has also voted consistently in favor of homosexual rights, seeking expanded hate-crime protections and an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
In the House, Biggert has concentrated on education, labor and technology issues. She sponsored a bill that would allow employees to earn compensatory time rather than overtime, a move she said would help working mothers. The bill was strongly opposed by labor unions, and GOP leaders cancelled a roll call when it became obvious the bill would fail.
Biggert has served on the House ethics committee, which she was assigned to by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).
Biggert's main network is a group of centrist House Republicans known as the Tuesday Group, chaired in the 112th Congress by Reps. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) and Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.).