November 09, 2020

State Rep. Theresa Mah to discuss career, fall veto session and impact of pandemic

Theresa-Mah-sm.jpgCARBONDALE, Ill. – State Rep. Theresa Mah will discuss the Illinois General Assembly’s fall veto session and her political career during a virtual conversation hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Mah’s conversation is at 10 a.m. with John T. Shaw, Simon Institute director. The virtual discussion is part of the Simon Institute’s “Understanding Our New World” series via Zoom.

A ‘true trailblazer’

Shaw notes that Mah was the first Asian American to serve in the Illinois General Assembly in 2016 when elected to her first two-year term. Re-elected in 2018, Mah, D-Chicago, was unopposed in last week’s general election for a third term after beating back two Democratic challengers in the March primary.

“She is a former professor and has worked impressively in Springfield on civil rights, consumer protection and immigrant rights issues,” Shaw said. “We look forward to hearing her speak about these important issues and the challenges her constituents face during this pandemic.”

Mah’s experience includes work as a community organizer and as a senior adviser in former Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. She has served on committees, including K-12 education appropriations, environmental justice and health care. She also supported the state’s proposed graduated income tax constitutional amendment that was defeated last week.

Registration is open for Mah’s conversation

Registration for the free Zoom meeting is available in advance. After completing registration, participants will receive an email confirmation with information about joining the meeting, along with the meeting ID and password. 

Participants have an opportunity when they register to submit a question to Mah by email at or by including it in the “Questions and Comments” section on the registration form. 

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