Robyn Gabel is from Evanston, IL, and has represented the people of the 18th District in the Illinois House of Representatives since 2010. Throughout her career, Robyn Gabel has demonstrated a strong commitment to serving the people of Illinois as an advocate for all, especially women, children and the most disadvantaged. During her time in the House, she has earned a reputation as an independent legislative leader, successfully passing numerous sponsored bills.
Robyn’s areas of focus have been ensuring the safety of our children, expanding access to social services, championing environmental and clean energy issues including efforts to promote wind, solar and other renewable energy, guaranteeing the rights of women and children, reforming government to be inclusive and effective, providing easily accessible voting rights, advocating for fair wages and reducing and preventing gun violence.
Her legislative record has won recognition from the Illinois Environmental Council, March of Dimes, Midwest Asian Health Association, the ARC of Illinois, Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force and the Illinois Public Health Association, among others. She is Chair of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus of the Council of State Governments and a recipient of the Toll Fellowship for governmental leadership.
In 2021 Robyn was appointed an Assistant Majority Leader in the new Speaker of the House’s leadership team. Robyn also serves on the Appropriations – Human Services Committee and Energy and Environment Committee, as well as being a member of the committees on Insurance, Museums, Arts and Cultural Enhancements, Human Services and State Government. Robyn was Chair of the Illinois Legislative Green Caucus from 2017 – 2020, a non-partisan group of energy conscious legislators.
Before coming to the legislature she served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (since renamed EverThrive Illinois) from 1988 to 2010. She has a B.A. from Beloit College and M.S.P.H. from the University of Illinois Chicago, School of Public Health. She also has an M.J. in health law from Loyola University Chicago.
Robyn’s Policy Issues
Protecting our Environment
As Chair of the Illinois Green Legislative Caucus and Vice-chair of the Energy and Environment Committee, State Representative Robyn Gabel is a champion for our environment. She believes future generations deserve a healthy environment regardless of their economic status, and fights to protect our precious natural resources.
Ensuring access to healthcare for all has been the core of Representative Gabel’s professional career – from leading the expansion of Medicaid coverage for hundreds of thousands of women and children to advocating for proper support for Illinoisans with developmental disabilities. She believes healthcare is a right and is skilled at coalition building to achieve bold goals.
State Representative Robyn Gabel believes that our democracy is based on “one person, one vote”. She has successfully made Illinois a national leader on voting access and expanded rights for the most marginalized. Rep. Gabel knows good policy thrives when government is operating with efficiency and accountability.
Robyn Gabel is passionately dedicated to ensuring womens’ rights to healthcare, economic equality, and freedom from violence and discrimination.
Robyn’s career for over twenty years before public service was building a not-for-profit from the ground up into a major force in Illinois on maternal and children healthcare. She ran for State Representative to continue that work and hasn’t looked back. A trailblazer in Springfield, Robyn now makes it her mission to mentor other progressive female elected officials and do all she can do to lift up young women and girls.
Criminal Justice Reform
Promoting a just and equitable society is at the root of State Representative Robyn Gabel’s work. Pressing for necessary reforms to our criminal justice system, especially for juveniles, is one of Robyn’s primary missions.
Addressing Gun Violence
State Representative Robyn Gabel has worked tirelessly at the forefront of the gun safety movement. She has promoted common sense reforms to protect our children and keep our streets safe.