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Senator Cristina Castro bio

State Senator Cristina Castro is a second-generation Mexican-American and lifelong district resident who has long been committed to her community and to public service.

Castro’s involvement in the community started at a young age when, during high school, she participated in various student groups, volunteered at school functions and helped coordinate and plan various activities both at school and in the Elgin community. It was through this volunteering that she discovered her deep passion for helping others and working with the community.

After high school, Castro received an associate degree from Elgin Community College, then furthered went on to receive a Bachelor of Science, the first of her family, and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.

While active in her community throughout all her life, her public service career grew in 2008 when she joined the Kane County Board. Since first joined, she served on nine different committees including Judicial & Public Safety (chairwoman), Energy and Environment, Human Services (chairwoman), County Executive, and Finance & Budget committees as well as the Kane County Forest Preserve District’s Executive and Land Acquisition committees. In addition to the Kane County Board, she served on the board of directors for the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Black History Family Festival and Centro de Información.

Castro has a marketing and communications management background and has held positions in both the public and private sector. In 2017, she joined the Illinois State Senate with the intention of using her professional background, life experiences and compassion to represent the interests and concerns of the people of the 22nd District. She’ll stand up for working families and will reach across the aisle on the issues that matter most to the people in her district and intends to work in a bipartisan fashion to help solve problems and to move the state of Illinois in the right direction.

Senator Cristina Castro and her husband, Joe McKeown, reside on the east side of Elgin with their three dogs.

Sen. Cristina Castro

Senator Cristina Castro

22nd Legislative District

Years served: 2017 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Committee of the Whole; Financial Institutions; Higher Education; Local Government; Telecommunications & InfoTechnology; Transportation (Vice-Chairperson).

Associated Representative(s): Anna Moeller, Fred Crespo