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The Honorable Constance "Connie" Howard

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Cake (Strawberry Shortcake), Pork Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/14/1942
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Representative

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Cake (Strawberry Shortcake), Pork Chops
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/14/1942
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Constance “Connie” Arlene Howard was born on December 14, 1942 on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. The daughter of Henry and Thelma Bozeman, she was the second of four children. Howard attended James Wadsworth Elementary School and Hyde Park High School before enrolling at Chicago Teacher’s College, now Chicago State University. In 1963, Howard married Phillip Howard, Jr. and the following year a son, Phillip III, was born. Howard spent much of her time over the next decade actively participating in the political campaigns of former Illinois Attorney General and State Comptroller Roland Burris and others. In 1983, Howard decided to run for office herself.

Howard was elected Democratic State Central Committeeperson from the 1st Congressional District, a position she still holds today. In 1994, while campaigning for re-election, Howard also decided to run for a seat in the Illinois General Assembly. She won both races.

As a State Representative, Howard serves as Chairperson of the Committees on Computer Technology and Children & Youth. She also serves on the Committees of Appropriations-Higher Education, Labor & Commerce and Higher Education. A member of the Chicago Urban League, Operation PUSH and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Howard has been honored by the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Chicago Teacher’s Union and numerous other organizations.

Howard was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 20, 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Constance Howard's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Constance Howard lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Constance Howard talks about her family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Constance Howard describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Constance Howard talks about her parents' jobs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Constance Howard talks about her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Constance Howard describes her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Constance Howard shares about her grandmother's political activity
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Constance Howard recalls her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Constance Howard talks about her grade school years in Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Constance Howard talks about her high school years at Hyde Park High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Constance Howard talks about her social life and her desire to become a teacher in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Constance Howard reflects on her college years at Chicago Teachers College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Constance Howard remembers protesting in a march to Chicago's Marquette Park
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Constance Howard talks about meeting her husband and her son's birth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Constance Howard describes her political start in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Constance Howard talks about working on the campaigns of Roland Burris and Carol Moseley Braun
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Constance Howard describes how she became a Democratic state central committeeman in 1983
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Constance Howard talks about her campaign for Illinois State Representative
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Constance Howard describes the challenge of passing a bill on expungement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Constance Howard talks about reforming Illinois' Department of Children and Family Services
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Constance Howard describes the general population's disregard for state government
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Constance Howard talks about the factors impacting school funding
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Constance Howard talks about her work with the parole board and prisoners on death row
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Constance Howard talks about colleagues in the Illinois General Assembly including William B. Black, HistoryMaker Emil Jones, and Wyvetter Young
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Constance Howard continues to talk about colleagues in the Illinois General Assembly including HistoryMaker Arthur Turner and Michael Madigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Constance Howard talks about addressing the digital divide
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Constance Howard talks about overcoming Republican opposition and the prison-industrial complex
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Constance Howard reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Constance Howard talks about what she values
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Constance Howard outlines the legislative process, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Constance Howard outlines the legislative process, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Constance Howard shares her memories of being elected to the Illinois General Assembly in 1995
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Constance Howard talks about her early days in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Constance Howard talks about the impact of public office on her personal life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Constance Howard describes how she has distributed funds to improve her district
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Constance Howard talks about her grandchildren and her husband
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Constance Howard talks about using technology to save paper
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Constance Howard talks about her administrative staff and funding
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Constance Howard describes the need for civically-minded youth, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Constance Howard describes the need for civically-minded youth, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Constance Howard narrates her photos, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Constance Howard narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Constance Howard narrates her photographs, pt. 3