Robyn Gabel is from Evanston and has represented the people of the 18th Legislative District since 2010. During her time in the Illinois House of Representatives, she has earned a reputation as an independent legislative leader, successfully passing over seventy sponsored bills, including over twenty during the current administration.
Robyn’s areas of focus are in ensuring the safety of our children, championing environmental and clean energy issues, guaranteeing the rights of women, reforming government to be inclusive and effective, and reducing and preventing gun violence. Her legislative record has won her recognition from the March of Dimes, the ACLU of Illinois, Midwest Asian Health Association, the ARC of Illinois, Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, the Illinois Public Health Association, and the Illinois Environmental Council, among others.
Robyn serves as the Chair of the House Human Services Committee, the Vice-Chair of the House Human Services Appropriations Committee and Museums, Arts & Cultural Enhancements Committee, and as a member of the committees on Insurance, Renewable Energy & Sustainability, Juvenile Justice & System Involved Youth, Environment, and Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development. In 2015 Robyn was appointed co-chair of the Violence Prevention Task Force.
Before coming to the legislature she was the Executive Director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (since renamed EverThrive Illinois) from 1988 to 2010. She has a B.A. from Beloit College, an M.S.P.H. from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health, and an M.J. in health law from Loyola University Chicago.