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Senator Kimberly A. Lightford (4th District)

Vice Chairman

  • Illinois Senate, 4th Legislative District  (appointed in 1998)

Professional Memberships/Activities:

  • Senate Assistant Majority Leader (appointed in 2009)
  • Senate Education Committee Vice Chair (2005-2008)
  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Proviso-Leydon Council for Community Action, Inc. Board Member
  • Boys & Girls Club of West Cook County Board Member
  • Active Member of the Assignments, Education, Executive, Executive Appointments, Financial Institutions and Redistricting committees

  • The Proviso/Leydon NAACP Good Government Civic Award
  • Western Illinois University Alumni of the Year
  • Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Legislative Leadership Award
  • Habilitative Systems, Inc.’s “Freeing the Human Spirit” Award
  • The Chicago Teachers Union Certificate of Commendation for Support of Public Education
  • Proviso East High School’s “Appreciation for Your Efforts on Behalf of the School Based Health Center”
  • Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) Award for Being an Energy Legislative Partner
  • The Rainbow Push Coalition’s Woman of Distinction Award
  • The Alternative School Network’s “Education Champion” Award
  • The Illinois Principal Association’s Friend of Illinois Principals Award
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s Citizen of the Year
  • The Safer Foundation’s Carre Visionary Award
  • One of the Chicago Defender’s 2011 “Women of Excellence”
  • Health Care Council of Illinois Champion of Senior Care Award
  • 2012 IEA-NEA Friend of Education Award


  • Western Illinois University, BA
  • University of Illinois, Springfield, MPA