Mike Simmons to head Illinois Senate’s Human Rights Committee


Illinois state Sen. Mike Simmons—the first openly gay Black individual in the Illinois Senate—will head its Human Rights Committee, he announced.

However, that will not be the only group he will be in.

“I am thrilled to announce that I will be the Chair of the Senate Human Rights Committee, Vice Chair of the Behavioral and Mental Health Committee, and serving on the Education Committee, Transportation Committee and the Appropriations—Health and Human Services Committee,” Simmons stated.

He added, “These are excellent committees that will allow me to continue advocating fiercely for our district. I will focus on expanding access to mental health care and pointing out and removing systemic barriers to mental health, supporting strong public schools, making our streets and roadways safer for those on bikes and foot, improving and reinvesting in public transportation, shoring up protections and human rights for LGBTQ+ people, and fighting for funds for critical human services for our most vulnerable neighbors.”

On Feb. 7, Simmons stood with activists for the Black HIV/AIDS community and presented a proclamation declaring that day as Black HIV/AIDS Advocacy Day. Feb. 7 is recognized as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Health Institute.

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February 19, 2023 at 07:13AM

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