Amanda Howland’s life is dedicated to planting and cultivating seeds of change. While Peter Roskam sows seeds of indifference, Amanda is listening to and fighting for her neighbors.
When no one else would stand against Roskam in 2016, she rose to the challenge and ran a progressive campaign. It is never easy to beat an entrenched incumbent, and she knew it would take a commitment of running twice to beat him. Her decision to run for this seat in 2018 was based on the needs of the people, not political opportunity.
Amanda Howland is a progressive Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives from the Sixth District of Illinois in 2018. She is a civil rights attorney, cancer survivor, Democratic activist, and former special education teacher and elementary school principal in Northern Illinois. She currently serves as a
Amanda was raised by a single mom in
Back in Michigan, Amanda attended Bloomfield Hills Andover High School, where she was active in both sports and the arts throughout her four years in school. She was a member of five athletic teams in high school – field hockey, volleyball, softball, swimming, and lacrosse – and notes often how important it is to make sure that girls have the opportunities to be
Amanda graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in special education and
Later Amanda earned her Masters of Science in Educational Administration from Northern
During her years as an educator and
After graduating from Kent and passing the Bar, Judge Allen Sharp hired Amanda as his judicial law clerk in South Bend, Indiana. She stayed with Judge Sharp for almost four years before returning to Chicago to help a newly-appointed magistrate judge set up her courtroom. Amanda’s prolific legal career also includes time spent with the Children’s Law Group in Chicago, as well as consulting and contract positions with other firms.
Her thirst for democratic change led Amanda to volunteer for the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004 where she began in the Chicago finance office and later became a surrogate speaker. Amanda traveled the state to speak on then-Senator Kerry’s behalf. Amanda knew that then that it was important to fight for Democratic values, and since Amanda is licensed to argue before the Supreme Court, she was a valuable asset whenever the topic of SCOTUS nominees arose at campaign events. During election week in 2004, Amanda served as an election protection attorney in Toledo, Ohio, where she monitored polling places to ensure a free and fair election.
Amanda’s political career has since blossomed. Amanda has volunteered for countless Democratic, including for Representative Melissa Bean, Senator Duckworth, and President Obama. Amanda is active in many local Democratic
Amanda is not new to running for office. In 2006, Amanda was asked to run for State Representative in a heavily Republican
In 2015, constituents and leaders in Illinois asked Amanda to run for Congress, and once again, she stepped up when no one else would. She went on to challenge Peter Roskam in the 2016 general election. Local Democratic stakeholders knew that Amanda was the right person to take on a Republican who simply was and is not representing his constituents well. Even though she was outspent 30-to-1 and had only one full-time staffer, Amanda received 41% of the vote. This cycle, Amanda is thrilled to have a full team of dedicated
Professionally, Amanda is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. She currently sits on the ISBA Judicial Evaluation Committee and has previously served on the ISBA Intellectual Property and Education committees. She is a longtime member of the Lake County and DuPage Democratic Organizations, Illinois 6th Democrats, Illinois 10th Congressional District Democrats, and the Illinois Democratic Women. She is also a member of the Illinois State High School Association and the Illinois State High School Gymnastics Judges Association
After the 2016 election, Amanda was diagnosed with Chromophobe renal carcinoma and lost her right kidney. Navigating the complex world of healthcare coverage as a cancer patient strengthened Amanda’s resolve to fight harder than ever for universal single-payer healthcare. Amanda’s six
Outside of work and politics, Amanda is active in various philanthropic initiatives in her community. She supports the annual American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk, helped launch the Afterschool Coalition with the Mundelein Police Department to prevent drinking and driving, and has been an active member of the Caring Women’s Connection for fifteen years. She also trained with the Lake Zurich fire department’s Citizen Action team which is on call to support first responders in the event of a major crisis.
Amanda is a longtime gymnastics judge through the Illinois High School Gymnastics Judges
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