Betsy Londrigan for IL-13 Congressional District

Betsy Londrigan’s roots in Springfield go back generations, to when her immigrant great-grandparents moved to Sangamon County looking for a better life. Betsy’s family has been part of the fabric of the community – teachers, farmers, business owners, salesmen and community activists.

For Betsy Londrigan, her decision to run is very personal. In 2009, her 12-year-old son, Jack, lay in the pediatric intensive care unit in critical condition. A rare, life-threatening illness that resulted from a tick bite left Jack in a medically-induced coma fighting for his life. After 24 days in the hospital, Jack slowly started on the long road to recovery.

Betsy is grateful for the insurance and protections we have in place, and firmly believes that no family should be put in danger of bankruptcy because of an unexpected medical emergency, and that people with pre-existing conditions need confidence they will be able to afford their care.

When Congressman Davis celebrated on the White House lawn after passing a healthcare bill that has the potential to devastate the 13th District, she knew she had to run. That bill would have huge consequences for the District – from healthcare coverage losses to job losses. In Congress, Betsy will always put central Illinois first, from standing up for access to affordable healthcare, protecting jobs, to educating our children, and defending Medicare and Social Security.

Over the years, Betsy has volunteered extensively with her children’s schools, church and a variety of local non-profit organizations. Since their experience in 2009, Betsy has worked with her family and community to raise awareness of the importance of children’s hospitals as well as significant funds for the Children’s Miracle Network and St. John’s Children’s Hospital to ensure that other children receive the same quality care that saved Jack.

Betsy has been active in Democratic campaigns for over 20 years and works to recruit, support and elect women candidates for state and local office through an organization she co-founded called Women Rising. She was also a speaker at our Progressive City Brunch on emerging women leaders.

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