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Equality Illinois congratulates new Illinois House Speaker Emanuel Welch

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CHICAGO — Equality Illinois congratulated State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Westchester) for being elected speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

The State Journal-Register reported that Welch won the speakership with 70 votes. He also becomes the first Black House Speaker in Illinois.

“Equality Illinois congratulates Rep. Welch on his historic election today as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives,” said Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson. “From Marriage Equality in 2013 to the Inclusive Curriculum Law in 2019, Speaker Welch has always been a strong ally of LGBTQ Illinoisans and valued partner of Equality Illinois. We look forward to working with him to keep the Land of Lincoln moving forward and ensure Illinois lives up to our shared values of justice, fairness, and equality.”

Welch’s election ends the 20-year speakership of Mike Madigan. Welch was elected to the House in 2013.

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