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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.)

District: 8th District
Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 2002; U.S. House of Representatives, 2005-11
Born: Jan. 22, 1962; Chicago, Ill.
Residence: Barrington
Religion: Serbian Orthodox
Family: Husband, Alan Bean; two children
Education: Oakton Community College, A.A. 1982; Roosevelt U., B.A. 2002
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2004 (3rd term)
Committee Assignments: Financial Services (Capital Markets & Government Sponsored Enterprises; Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit); Small Business (Contracting & Workforce; Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access; Health and Technology)

Election History
2010generalJoe Walsh (R) 98,11548.5
Melissa Bean (D) 97,82548.3
Bill Scheurer (GREEN) 6,4953.2
2008generalMelissa Bean (D) 179,44460.7
Steve Greenberg (R) 116,08139.3
2006generalMelissa Bean (D) 93,35550.9
David McSweeney (R) 80,72044.0
Bill Scheurer (X) 9,3125.1
2004generalMelissa Bean (D) 139,79251.7
Philip Crane (R) 130,60148.3
2002generalPhilip Crane (R) 95,27557.4
Melissa Bean (D) 70,62642.6
Roll Call Vitals


Illinois is 16th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.