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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois

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In today’s global economy, maintaining strong relationships with foreign nations is essential to our national economy and security.  Our foreign policy must work to increase trade, promote economic growth, and advance democratic principles while protecting the health, safety, labor, and environmental rights of all nations.

I am proud to serve on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.  As a member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, I will work with my colleagues to advance the interests of the United States with our foreign neighbors.  

As a member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade I’m working to advance our national security interests, and keep America safe.  Protecting the hard-working men and women who serve on the front lines of America’s foreign policy and defense efforts is a responsibility I take seriously.  America’s global image and national security directly affect every one of us. I’m committed to ensuring that our military and diplomatic servants have the best resources available to enhance America’s relationships with our international partners in order to successfully defend our nation’s core values, and promote the rights of people across the world.

For more information concerning my work and views on National Security issues, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on National Security

Jul 23, 2018 In The News

At a time when everyone should be working to protect the integrity of our electoral system, Illinois may be an unwitting partner in throwing valid voters off the rolls.

On Tuesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would have pulled Illinois out of an inaccurate multistate voter registration crosscheck system. At a time when Illinois should be beefing up voting security, this takes us in the wrong direction.

Jul 19, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Ranking Member of the IT subcommittee, released this statement regarding the first known campaign hacking attempts of the 2018 cycle:

“As shown by these latest hacks, our adversaries are not stopping their efforts to influence and undermine our elections and democratic institutions. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Our enemies are stepping up the attacks on campaigns, political parties and voting infrastructure.

Jul 17, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly wrote to Governor Bruce Rauner requesting information about the state’s efforts to secure the upcoming 2018 election after Illinois’ system were hacked in 2016.

She writes, “Ensuring the security of Illinois’ elections and voter data is not solely the responsibility of the state government. It requires a whole of government approach, including in-depth cooperation at the local, state and federal levels.”

Feb 12, 2018 Editorial

For more than a year, Americans, Congress and the world have discussed Russia’s attempts to influence our elections. However, some of their most dangerous and well-documented attacks against state-level voting systems have been a mere footnote.

That needs to change, and change fast. Let’s start with the facts and when we learned them.

Feb 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Brad Schneider (IL-10) was joined by Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security Bennie Thompson (MS-02), and Reps. Robin Kelly (IL-02), Lou Correa (CA-46), Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) to introduce legislation aimed at preventing acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists and other extremist groups. This is a companion bill to legislation first introduced in the Senate by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Jan 29, 2018 Editorial

In 2018, our security can no longer exclusively be defined in terms of tanks, airplanes and weapon systems.

As government, private industry and American families have adopted technology into nearly every aspect of our lives, the need for cybersecurity has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, our response to this threat has been piecemeal at best.

In order to combat this real and growing threat, we need a three-pronged approach that involves everyone from Washington D.C., to Chicago to Silicon Valley and everywhere in between.

Oct 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Kelly, ranking member of the IT oversight subcommittee, released this statement following Twitter’s announcement regarding political advertising transparency:

“I’m pleased to see Twitter taking the initiative to bring greater transparency to political advertising on its platform – nearly a year after the 2016 election and just weeks before gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia.

Oct 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, released this statement following House passage of Protecting Girls Access to Education Act (H.R. 2408):

“I’m extremely excited to have our bill approved by the U.S. House. Together, Congressman Steve Chabot and I were able to craft a common sense, bipartisan bill that helps ensure that every girl has an opportunity to go to school and learn, no matter her current circumstance.

Aug 29, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, a member of the House Emerging Threats Subcommittee, led a letter, signed by 40 of her colleagues, requesting clarification on the focus and operational capacity of the Department of Justice’s Countering Violence Extremism (CVE) program.

Jul 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly released this statement following President Trump’s tweets regarding U.S. military policy toward transgender soliders, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen and Marines.

“Any American who stands up and volunteers to serve this great nation deserves our respect.

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