Mike Quigley Elected Regional Whip by Democratic Colleagues

Whips assist Democratic leaders in gaining support for policy positions.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (5th District) was elected regional whip by members of the Democratic Caucus. He will be the only member of the Illinois delegation to serve in this role when the 113th Congress begins in January.

“It is an honor to have the confidence and support of my colleagues as I take on new leadership responsibilities as regional whip,” Quigley said. “As Congress works to solve the complex issues ahead, I am proud to be in a position to work closer with Democratic leaders and the members of our Midwest region.”

Quigley will be one of two whips for Region 4, which includes the 15 Democratic members in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.  Rep. André Carson (IN-7th) will also serve in the role for Region 4.
The chief responsibility of the regional whip is to assist the Democratic leadership in gaining support for various policy positions, track votes and ensure members are present on the House floor for particularly close votes. The position is similar to the assistant whip role Quigley was appointed to earlier this year by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland.
Since arriving to Congress in 2009, Quigley has taken on leadership roles as ranking member for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs and as co-founder of the Transparency Caucus, which seeks to enact legislation that will bring openness and accessibility to the federal government. 

Guided by principles of the Simpson-Bowles budget alternative, Quigley has led a push for a “3B Budget Plan” that is bipartisan, achieves deficit reduction, and balances spending cuts with tax reform. 

He is also the author of Reinventing Government: The Federal Budget, a report that offers 60 recommendations to save $2 trillion over the next 10 years.

Almost all of Elmhurst is in Quigley's 5th District.

ConcernedElhmhurstTaxpayer November 30, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Congrats Quickley. Hope you visit elmhurst some day. Good luck !
Timothy Manders November 30, 2012 at 05:00 PM
What a joke! This guy was gerrymandered in by the crooked Democrats controlling the state house. What can a Dumbocrat who lives in Lakeview in Chicago possibly know about the concerns of people who live in Elmhurst/Oak Brook/Hinsdale? Furthermore, even if he does, he'll vote along party lines which do not represent the majority of residents in the above named communities. The Democrats have effectively negated our citizen's franchise with their "legal" but highly unethical redistricting.
Deke November 30, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Couldn't agree with you more. As far as I am concerned, I have no representative in the House.
ConcernedElhmhurstTaxpayer November 30, 2012 at 06:51 PM
They guy is a democrat, that is enough to scare any one. Career politician from Crook ( Cook ), enough said. The republican who ran against him had a weak campaign & sure did not make himself visiable to voters! I think though the day of DuPage Republicans is gone! Which may not be that bad, let's see in 2 years. Joe Walsh was a tragic mistake and he could have been our Republican rep., but close to our district, but not ours. Walsh was a stupid rep. and is no longer relevant.
John Iwaszkiewicz November 30, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Unfortunately for us all, the gerrymandered district maps did not get the same attention many less important headlines generated.
ConcernedElhmhurstTaxpayer November 30, 2012 at 08:33 PM
If you are a concerned Elmhurst voter, make sure Mike Q. does indeed come out to the western suburbs and does here the concerns of us DuPage voters. We do need representation on our issues and at least Quigley will be aware that he has to hear his constituents or voters! I have alot of concerns for Mr. Quigley. I don't think the re-districting of the IL map was approved by the Supeme court, only the local IL judges approved it, who are all democrats. Someone fill me in on that issue? it is law but can be re-districted again, right?
Jan Dorner November 30, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Mike, The US does a census every 10 years. The following year, redistricting is done. For 2011, the League of Women Voters of Illinois and two different Republican groups (one being for the state reps and senators and one for Congress) filed lawsuits against the redistricted maps. All 3 lawsuits were rejected by 2 different federal 3-judge panels. The League took the lawsuit to the Supreme Court and the Supremes chose not to hear it. In other words, unless the IL Constitution is amended beforehand, the next redistricting is scheduled for 2021. See you in 9 years. The next redistricting, will happen in 2021.
Margaret November 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Both political parties redistricted the states they controlled based on the 2010 census. If you think IL is gerrymandered, look at PA, MI, etc.--states where Republican governors and legislatures redistricted to suit their party. Gov.Perry's redistricting in TX, for example, was not upheld by the courts; it was so bad. The next cycle of redistricting will come after the 2020 census. I think all redistricting should be done by computer by a non-partisan commission, if that is possible. That said, I think that Rep. Quigley will keep both of his constituencies in mind as he votes. He will be voting on jobs, Social Security, Medicare, deficit reduction, the war in Afghanistan, etc.--national issues that concern all people. While lakefront Chicago and Elmhurst have some differing concerns, these usually are the province of local, county, and state government. Also, if one does not agree with Rep. Quigley, one can try to vote him out of office in 2014, just, for example, as Joe Walsh was voted out of office. I have lived in Elmhurst nearly 40 years; my representatives in Congress--Henry Hyde and Peter Roskam--rarely took a position that I agreed with. We will see what Rep. Quigley does. We really need to hope that our elected officials can function in a way that addresses the problems this country faces. These are serious problems that call for compromise and bipartisanship, for putting party aside and working on behalf of the American people.
Tom Macchione December 01, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Let's face it the Dems have destroyed this state with their union bedfellows and crony capitalism. Let's see how MQ votes when inevitably the card check issue comes up. He will try to destroy the country with liberal policies IL has instituted I am sure he will never vote against the obama/Reid/Pelosi triumvirate.
candida cain December 06, 2012 at 01:53 AM
ConcernedElhmhurstTaxpayer December 06, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I agree that Unions and Democrats have bankrupted the great state of IL. Michael Madigan is the worst, he has run the state into bankruptcy and is corrupt, an ass, arrogant and dishonest and is still in power at the age of 70. Do you think anyone will challenge him, no way! Shame, we used to be a strong and finiancialy solvent state, now we are the laughing stock of the nation with Blago and the other corrupt Dems. Big shame .................


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