State Representative Jehan Gordon Booth was elected in 2008 in an incredibly historic victory — Jehan became the first African-American from central Illinois to ever be elected to the state legislature. And this year... equally historic in black girl magic fashion— she was named the Deputy Majority Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives. She is the youngest woman in Illinois history to ever hold this position in our state’s 201 year history!
Even as a millennial Mom and wife — she wasted no time making her mark in the Illinois legislature.
Leader Gordon-Booth spends most of her energy fighting issues of economic inclusion, injustices, and issues involving women, children and mass incarceration policies. Last year, the Neighborhood Safety Act was touted as the most comprehensive, most expansive criminal justice reform bill in Illinois’ history and was featured in a Teen Vogue article focused on this massive, system changing legislation. In that package alone - - she was able to reduce over 1000 mandatory minimums, create sentencing credits to reduce the headcount in the Illinois Department of Corrections by double digits, create trauma recovery centers in communities devastated by crime and violence and gave judges the discretion we’ve been fighting for years.
Leader Gordon Booth hosts yearly Expungement Summits to help hundreds of her constituents get a fresh start and a new opportunity for a greater life by connecting them with pro bono lawyers to seal their records which often hold them back from employment opportunities that should be afforded to them.
Most recently, Leader Gordon Booth passed one of the largest economic development bills in Illinois history. The statewide Historic Tax Credit . It is a catalyst to reinvest hundreds of millions of dollars into the development of older, historic buildings in our urban centers around the state including massive projects here in the City of Chicago.
Leader Gordon Booth is widely respected for her ability to develop strategies for successful passage of legislation, her bipartisan approach to complex issues and her complete unwillingness to accept the word no.
Jehan resides in Peoria with the love of her life, Derrick and their two kids, Jianna and Chance.