Behind district 25

Meet Karina

Meet your Illinois State Senator of the 25th District and everything she’s done to get here.

Born & Raised in West Chicago

Born and raised in West Chicago, Karina has been a lifelong resident of Illinois’ 25th senate district.  Raised by hard working immigrant parents, Karina was instilled, at a young age, about the importance of family, diligent work and compassion for others. Karina’s parents were small business owners within the community and working at their store gave her the opportunity to receive a first hand perspective on the hardships of being a small business owner as well as hearing the personal worries of the working class clients that shopped at the store. 

Earning her master’s degree in social work from Aurora University, Karina pledged a lifelong commitment to helping others. With her first hand experience in the public school system, she recognized the impact effective leadership can have on the community. She served on the West Chicago District 33 Board of Education. As the school board vice president, she initiated multiple innovative programs such as a dual language program and full-day kindergarten. Working with the school board gave Karina the ability to learn the ins and outs of maintaining a balanced budget and negotiating equitable contracts. 

Through the snow, rain, and heat, Karina knocked on thousands of doors, meeting constituents and hearing their concerns. These efforts led to the historic flip of the 49th district, as Karina was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives on November 6th, 2018.  With the same work ethic and determination she ran and won her recent victory in becoming the first female Democratic State Senator to represent the 25th District.

A Strong Voice

Throughout her career she has used her experience, as an educator, to foster communication and has always been committed to learning from those that may bring a different perspective to the table. Using this insight, she is able to reach over the aisle and find commonality with fellow colleagues. Karina takes satisfaction in having a strong voice in an effort to improve the lives of her constituents and all of those in the state of Illinois. 

2021 Elections

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