Donne Trotter

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Donne Trotter

b. January 30, 1950

Illinois, State Senator (1993-)
Illinois, State Representative (1988-1993)

An administrator with the Cook County Public Health Department, Donne Trotter was a member of former Cook County Board President John Stroger's once-powerful 8th Ward Organization. First backed by Stroger to replace Carol Moseley Braun when she won Cook County Recorder of Deeds in 1988, Stroger tried to advance Trotter again to replace ailing State Sen. Richard Newhouse when he retired in 1991. But other Ward Committeemen backed Alice Palmer, so Donne Trotter had to wait a year to run for a newly remapped Senate seat in 1992, defeating Lorenzo Chew, son of former State Sen. Charles Chew, Jr., who previously held the seat for 20 years.

In 2000, he was the third candidate, challenging Cong. Bobby Rush in Barack Obama's infamous "lost campaign", where Trotter and Obama were both defeated by Rush.

In 2013 he tried to run for Congress again, this time running for (after a remap) Cong. Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s seat following Jackson's conviction on federal charges. Trotter withdrew from the election before ballots were printed, and State Rep. Robin Kelly was elected instead.

As legislator Trotter has distinguished himself on budget and health care issues, generally praised for his knowledge in those areas.

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