State Rep. Christian Mitchell resigns to join Pritzker administration

Calling his work in the Illinois House “one of the honors” of his life, state Rep. Christian Mitchell on Friday tendered his resignation — days before he becomes one of three deputy governors in Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s administration.

The South Side Democrat was recently named the interim executive director of the Democratic Party of Illinois, becoming the first African-American to lead the party. He’s served as a state representative of the 26th District and was the youngest member of the Illinois House when he was elected in 2013.

In his resignation, sent to state House Speaker Mike Madigan on Friday, Mitchell writes that he was proud to be part of passing historic education funding, expanding Medicaid coverage, expanding background checks to cover private handgun sales and…

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