Presenter: Congresswoman Robin Kelly
Congresswoman Robin Kelly has dedicated her career to public service as an advocate for Illinois families. Since being elected to serve the 2nd Congressional District in 2013, she has worked to expand economic opportunity, community wellness, and public safety across the state, championing numerous initiatives to generate job growth, reduce health disparities, and end gun violence. Congresswoman Kelly is Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (the main policy-writing body of the House) and serves on the Health, Energy, and Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittees. Her Energy and Commerce work is focused on expanding access to healthcare, consumer protection for American families and economic development. Additionally, she is a Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves on the national security and civil rights and civil liberties subcommittees. She also represents the Midwest (Region IV) on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus, and serves as a member of the House Democracy Partnership.
On September 30 – October 3, 2021, the 117th APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition was held both in-person, in Seattle, Washington, and virtually to address the latest scholarship in political science while exploring the 2021 theme, “Promoting Pluralism.” APSA and the 2021 Program Chairs Janet Box-Steffensmeier (former APSA President), Valeria Sinclair-Chapman and Dino P. Christenson (APSA 2021 Co-Chairs), participated in panels and sessions prepared by APSA divisions and numerous related groups. The 2021 Annual Meeting in-person meeting took place at the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) and the Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel.