State Senator Laura Ellman was elected to serve in the Illinois General Assembly in November of 2018. The district she serves includes parts of Naperville, Lisle, Wheaton, Warrenville, West Chicago, Carol Stream, and all of Winfield. Senator Ellman currently serves on a number of committees, including Agriculture; Appropriations I; Vice-Chairperson of Energy and Public Utilities; Higher Education; Veterans Affairs; and Pensions. 

Senator Ellman has a love for learning and solving problems. She was the first child to go to college in both her parents’ families. After graduating from Grinnell College with a degree in mathematics, she earned a masters’ degree in applied statistics at the University of Iowa. As an assessor at Argonne National Laboratory, Senator Ellman knows what it takes to solve complex problems. Professionally, she has more than 25 years of experience working in manufacturing and engineering and dealing with regulations and policies. She has also been active in her community through her work on the Naperville Fair Housing Commission, Toastmasters, and as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, and as an ESL tutor.

Senator Ellman currently lives in Naperville with her husband Pete, a musician and small business owner, and their two children – Lizzie and Barrett. In addition to amateur woodworking and home improvement projects, Senator Ellman enjoys sports—she’s been playing basketball every week for over twenty years, participates in triathlons, and ran a marathon (one was enough!).

After a successful first year in office, Senator Ellman planned to continue her work on important legislation to protect the environment and expand access to education in 2020. One of Senator Ellman’s first pieces of legislation for the 2020 spring session was a measure that repealed the Railroad Intoxicating Liquor Act of 1911, which prohibits drinking alcohol on trains, around train stations and gives conductors the ability to arrest violators and charge them with a Class C misdemeanor. This law hasn’t been enforced since the 1920s, during prohibition.

Unfortunately, shortly after the Senate wrapped up session in February, the COVID-19 pandemic derailed Senator Ellman and the rest of the Senate’s legislative priorities for the 2020 spring session. Though disappointed with the outcome of her second legislative session, Senator Ellman knew her job was to serve the residents of the district she represents in a time of international crisis.

As spring began to draw to a close, Senator Ellman, along with her fellow lawmakers returned to the Capitol in Springfield to pass the state’s FY 21 budget.  Although Senator Ellman remains proud of the work she and colleagues have accomplished in a compressed amount of time. She understands that there is a lot of work that still needs to be done for the residents of Illinois. She and her staff continue their hard work to ensure residents in the 21st district have access to the information and resources they need to help guide them through these uncertain time.

Senator Ellman invites you to reach out to her staff at any time to express your opinion on state issues, for assistance dealing with a state agency, and with any questions about state government.

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District Office
552 S. Washington, Suite 104
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone: (630) 453-5488

Springfield Office
M122 Capitol Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 782-8192