Senator Donne E. Trotter was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1988. He was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1992.He serves as the Chairman of the powerful Appropriations I Committee and is the chief budget negotiator for the Democrats. As Chair of Appropriations I, he oversees all budget initiatives for the state's $53 million budget. He ensures that the disadvantaged are partners in the wealth of the state for enforcing parity in education and health care and creating economic development and redevelopment of depressed communities. He also champions the equitable distribution of contracts and jobs to all geographic and ethnic communities. Senator Trotter also spearheaded and passed legislation closing the worst landfills and incinerators on the southeast side of Chicago. Senator Trotter ushered in Illinois' first comprehensive law banning assault weapons. He was also instrumental in creating and expanding the KidCare Family Care and Senior Care initiatives. By increasing the eligibility threshold, over 270,000 children and their parents benefit from this initiative. He is also a strong advocate for drug affordability. Senator Trotter sponsored the "Safe Haven" Act. This legislation allows parents of newborns to surrender their infants at hospitals, firehouses and other "safe havens" without fear of criminal charges. This act saves many newborn lives. The law is aimed at confused and panicked parents who might otherwise abandon their child in the trash or on the street. The idea of providing a safe and legal way for parents to abandon babies has swept the nation.Forty-seven states have enacted safe-haven laws since 1999.
Nationally, Senator Trotter is actively involved with the National Conference of State Legislators and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. Senator Trotter was born in Cairo, Illinois.He attended the Chicago Public Schools. He graduated from Chicago State University with a B.A. degree in Political Science/History and is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law with a Master's Degree in Health/Policy and Law.
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