Patricia Van Pelt was first elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. A lifelong resident of Chicago, Senator Van Pelt’s life did not start out on an easy path. She grew up in the Cabrini Green Projects in a single-parent home, along with her six siblings.

Van Pelt has a diverse employment background as a former drill operator and union steward at the Ingersoll Steel Mill from 1974 to 1982. After her time at the steel mill, Van Pelt co-founded Ambassadors of Christ Church and was chief business administrator of Ambassadors for Christ World Outreach Ministries.

Van Pelt dropped out of school by age fifteen, but later went on to earn her associate’s degree in natural science from Truman College and her bachelor’s degree in public administration at Roosevelt University. She later earned her master’s degree in human services administration from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies and a doctorate in management of non-profit agencies from Capella University. Van Pelt also is a certified public accountant and an author.

Van Pelt lives on Chicago’s west side with her husband, Gene.

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