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The Honorable Kimberly Lightford

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Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Failure is not an option.

Birthplace

Born:
5/10/1968
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
State Senator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Greens
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Failure is not an option.

Birthplace

Born:
5/10/1968
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Kimberly Lightford was born on May 10, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois. As a young child, she moved with her family to the surrounding suburb of Maywood, Illinois. Attending Proviso East High School, Lightford was active in the Student Council. Upon graduating from high school, she enrolled at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. There, she studied human relations and management with a minor in African American studies. Lightford’s first job after graduation was with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Lightford decided to pursue an advanced degree, enrolling at Sangamon State University in Springfield and majoring in public administration. While there, she interned with the Illinois House of Representatives. She became a Trustee of the Village of Maywood and, in 1998, was elected to the Illinois State Senate.

Senator Lightford serves as Minority Spokesperson of the Committee on Financial Institutions as well as Co-Chair of the Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation. She is a member of the Commission on Legislative Research, the Education Committee and the Committee on State Government Operations. She was instrumental in passing a bill that would allow criminal background checks on Local School Council members. Lightford is also known for her support of the Moment of Silence Bill which made it mandatory for school to have a moment of silence everyday. Previously, it was optional.

Married, Lightford is a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, the National League of Cities and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has also remained a Trustee for the Village of Maywood at the time of the interview.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kimberly Lightford names her parents and siblings and talks about her upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kimberly Lightford talks about her father's demeanor
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kimberly Lightford talks about her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kimberly Lightford shares some experiences from her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Kimberly Lightford talks about developing her leadership skills from an early age
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Kimberly Lightford describes how her higher education and career transitions lead her to her role in government
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Kimberly Lightford explains how she became a Trustee of Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kimberly Lightford talks about programming she developed in Maywood, Illinois as a village Trustee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kimberly Lightford describes her transient lifestyle after leaving her parents' household at thriteen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kimberly Lightford describes the challenges she faced as a Trustee of Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kimberly Lightford shares her experiences with campaigning for Trustee of Maywood, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kimberly Lightford recalls the challenges of her first term as an Illinois State Senator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kimberly Lightford talks about meeting her husband
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kimberly Lightford talks about balancing her politcal career with her personal life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kimberly Lightford expresses the importance of visibility and mentorship from African American leaders
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Kimberly Lightford discusses her plans for the future as an Illinois Senator
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Kimberly Lightford talks about her goals beyond the Illinois State Senate
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Kimberly Lightford discusses her family dynamics and her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Kimberly Lightford explains how her father keeps her on track to achieve her goals
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Kimberly Lightford shares her advice for students and future politicians