Marie Newman is results-driven and progressive. As a small businesswoman, entrepreneur, national nonprofit executive, author and human rights advocate, Marie Newman has spent her life embracing challenges and working with others on solutions.
Marie is running for Congress to stand up for the values we share in the 3rd District: fighting for working families, growing and protecting small businesses, promoting education and training programs that lead to real jobs, pushing for Healthcare-For-All, protecting Social Security, worker’s rights, women’s healthcare, veterans, and Medicare.
Born in Beverly and raised in Palos Park, Marie graduated from Carl Sandburg High School and the University of Wisconsin. After years of working for the largest ad agency in the U.S., where she became a partner at age 31, Marie left to start a successful consulting business. Over the course of more than a decade, Marie consulted for a diverse array of firms: from Fortune 1000 companies like Humana, Discover Card and Advocate Healthcare as well as small businesses and tech startups.
When one of her children was severely bullied in school, Marie founded a nonprofit group to address the problem — eventually expanding it nationwide. Partnering with Sears Holdings Inc., Marie created and became the Managing Director of Team Up to Stop Bullying, a coalition of 70 nonprofits dedicated to anti-bullying solutions. She worked directly with state and federal legislators to make anti-bullying policies a priority and wrote a book with solutions used by schools and parents across the country. She has also served as a state and national advocate for cancer research with the Gateway Foundation and common-sense gun safety with Moms Demand Action.
About the election
This is the Democratic Primary election for Illinois’s 3rd US Congressional District. The primary election is on Tuesday, March 20th.
Illinois’s 3rd Congressional District
Since 2005, Illinois’s 3rd has been represented by the so-called Democrat Dan Lipinski.
Dan got his job when his father, Bill Lipinski, announced his retirement after he had already won the Democratic nomination for reelection in 2004. Bill used his clout to persuade state Democratic party officials to appoint his son Dan as his replacement—basically ensuring that his son would win the solidly Democratic district without having to win a primary first.
Since then, Dan Lipinski has proven to be one of the most conservative Democrats in the house. He has voted repeatedly against a woman’s right to choose (and continues to speak at “March for Life” rallies). He has repeatedly opposed the right of same-sex couples to marry, going so far as to co-sponsor a so-called “Religious Freedom Act”. He voted in favor of allowing businesses to fire people for their sexual orientation. He voted against the Affordable Care Act, even as courageous Democrats in far more conservative districts voted for it and went on to lose their seats.
This is a very safe seat for Democrats, and it deserves better representation.