Growing Asian American representation in the Illinois Statehouse

Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial demographic in Illinois. In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated Asians make up almost six percent of the state’s population. It also estimated the number of Asian people in Illinois increased by almost a quarter in the prior decade. But for all that growth, representation in state government has lagged. It was only in 2016 that the Illinois General Assembly had its first Asian American representative elected to office.

That representative, Theresa Mah, now leads the Illinois Legislature’s Asian American Caucus, and in the coming term, the members of that caucus will grow from four to nine. The 21st was joined by Rep. Mah and one of the incoming members to discuss their elections, representation, and where the caucus goes from here.


Theresa Mah

State Representative, 24th District (D-Chicago) | Leader, state Asian American Legislative Caucus

Sharon Chung

State Representative-Elect, 91st District (D-Bloomington-Normal) | Incoming member, Asian American Legislative Caucus



Prepared for web by Owen Henderson

Help shape our coverage on The 21st by joining our texting group and answering weekly questions. To join, text “TALK” to 217-803-0730 or sign up with your phone number below:


Ino Saves New

via rk2’s favorite articles on Inoreader

December 13, 2022 at 05:06PM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s