Rep. Aarón Ortíz Named to House Democratic Leadership Team

Speaker Welch Announces Appointments to House Democratic Leadership Team

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch announced the members of his House Democratic leadership team Thursday, including state Reps. Jehan Gordon-Booth, Robyn Gabel, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., and Jay Hoffman.

Welch released the following statement:
“As we begin a new day in the House, I’m committed to assembling a Democratic leadership team that values those things that have made our caucus so successful while also pursuing needed changes to strengthen our caucus, our House, and our state. Throughout their careers, Reps. Gordon-Booth, Gabel, Andrade, and Hoffman have all brought leadership, integrity, and unique perspectives to our chamber. They have spoken passionately for their communities and also extended their hands to their colleagues in compromise. I look forward to working closely with them, and with all members of this chamber, to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of this moment.”

The following can be attributed to state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, who will serve as deputy majority leader and speaker pro-tempore:

“As Speaker Welch begins a historic speakership, I’m proud to be a part of a leadership team that recognizes that the diversity of our caucus is our strength. Last week, Democrats stood together to move forward on landmark legislation advancing justice for all – something that required each of us to think beyond our own experience and listen to one another. While there is a lot of work ahead, we will continue to work together in this way to
build a stronger Illinois.”

The following can be attributed to state Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, who will serve as assistant majority leader:
“Speaker Welch has called on every member of this House to work together to meet the challenges of this moment. We come to the table prepared to advocate for the critical services families and small businesses need to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, smart budget solutions that invest in our future, the health of our families, our environmental resources, strong schools, and a strong economy.”

The following can be attributed to state Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., D-Chicago, who will serve as assistant majority leader:
“This leadership team reflects the diversity and geography of our state, and we share a commitment to doing what is right for every part of Illinois. The challenges ahead of us are clear, but Speaker Welch has made it clear this is no time to hide from these challenges – it’s time to confront them head-on and work together to strengthen our state.”

The following can be attributed to state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, who will serve as assistant majority leader:
“The work ahead of our state is so critical. We are tasked with bringing Illinois through an unprecedented pandemic, repairing the budgetary damage that crisis has created, and building a stronger, more just state. Democrats stand united with Speaker Welch in this effort. We’re enthused by this new moment and remain committed to continuing our work for a stronger middle class, an economy that works for everyone, and a better Illinois for

Welch’s full leadership team will consist of: 

State Rep. Greg Harris – Majority Leader, State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth – Deputy Majority Leader / Speaker Pro-Tempore
State Rep. Mary E. Flowers – Deputy Majority Leader and Dean of the Caucus
State Rep. Jaime M. Andrade, Jr. – Assistant Majority Leader State Rep. Robyn Gabel – Assistant Majority Leader State Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez – Assistant Majority Leader State Rep. Jay Hoffman – Assistant Majority Leader State Rep. Natalie Manley – Assistant Majority Leader State Rep. Marcus C. Evans, Jr. – Assistant Majority Leader State Rep. Delia Ramirez – Assistant Majority Leader State Rep. Carol Ammons – Democratic Conference Chair

In addition to these leadership posts, Welch has tapped leaders within each caucus of the House Democratic delegation to serve as a caucus whips. These members will be empowered to rally the various caucuses around legislation and issues of importance to the entire Democratic Caucus. This team will be: 

State Rep. Aaron Ortiz – Latinx Caucus Whip
State Rep. Kam Buckner – Black Caucus Whip
State Rep. Theresa Mah – Asian Caucus Whip
State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr. – Downstate Caucus Whip
State Rep. Deb Conroy – Women’s Caucus Whip

State Rep. Will Guzzardi – Progressive Caucus Whip

The following can be attributed to Rep. Aaron Ortiz, D-Chicago, who will serve as Latinx Caucus Whip.

“Honored to be selected to serve in the Democratic leadership team. Thankful to Speaker Welch for granting me this opportunity to serve the state of Illinois as one of the Democratic Caucus Whips. I remain committed more than ever to serving the great State of Illinois in my new capacity. Now more than ever we need to work together to pass meaningful legislation that can help working families overcome the effects of the ongoing pandemic.”

Welch and his full leadership team are preparing new changes to the House rules, based on input from both sides of the aisle.