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Biography

Sara Feigenholtz represents Illinois’ 12th District, which includes Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Buena Park and Near North.

Sara champions a multitude of complex legislative and budgetary issues, reinforcing her statewide reputation as an effective legislator and champion of accessible health care, human services, and adoption reform. Sara’s passion for justice in health care earned her the Chairmanship of the Human Services and Appropriations Committee, where she served for a decade. She now chairs the Adoption and Child Welfare Committee.

As an adopted person herself, Sara works tirelessly to improve the practice of adoption in Illinois. She possesses an unwavering commitment to ensure that adoption laws in Illinois reflect a high level of integrity in the practice and placement of children. In 2010, Sara passed historic legislation making Illinois the most populous state to grant adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates – a right that was denied since 1946. The American Adoption Congress awarded Sara with the Legislative Excellence Award for the largest expansion of birth certificate access in U.S. history.

In 2013, she sponsored and passed historic legislation extending Medicaid coverage to the uninsured through the Affordable Care Act. Earlier in her tenure she sponsored and passed Illinois contraceptive equity law, insurance coverage of mammograms, and other legislative victories such as access to sterile syringes without a prescription and increased AIDS Drug Assistance funding (ADAP). Her focus on the enhancement of the Community Care Program to allow seniors to remain in their homes to age independently is one of her crowning accomplishments.

Amongst her numerous community and statewide awards [1], Sara most recently received the Woman who Dared Award from the Chicago chapter of the National Organization for Women.

Prior to entering public service, Sara was the principal of SKF Consulting, a firm that raised over one million dollars for diverse political candidates and non-profit charitable organizations. As a local small business owner, she has also served as the Executive Director of the Central Lakeview Merchants Association. She actively serves in an advisory capacity in numerous community organizations throughout the 12th District.

Sara earned her BA in Political Science and Speech and Performing Arts from Northeastern Illinois University. She participated in the Fellowship program of the Illinois Public Health Leadership Institute and in 2011 completed the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives program.

In addition to her legislative duties, she serves on the executive board of the Kennedy Forum of Illinois, a non-profit with the goal of ending the stigma and discrimination against people with mental health and addiction challenges. She is also the Vice President on the Executive Board of the Women’s Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Representative Feigenholtz aspires to be a transformative and energetic leader who advocates for effective and practical policies that have a positive impact on both the residents of her district and the people of Illinois.