Marie Newman

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Marie Newman
Personal details
Born (1964-04-13) April 13, 1964 (age 56)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison (BA)

Marie Newman (born April 13, 1964) is an American entrepreneur, marketing consultant, nonprofit executive and political candidate. Newman is the Democratic nominee for Illinois's 3rd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives, following her victory against incumbent Dan Lipinski in the 2020 primary election. She had lost against Lipinski in the Democratic primary for the same seat in 2018.

Early life and career

Newman was born in Chicago, Illinois,[1][a] on April 13, 1964.[2] She attended Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois,[3] and Marquette University for a year and a half before transferring to University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree.[4]

Newman worked for multiple firms as an agency executive. She began her own consulting firm in 2005.[5] She also established her own nonprofit to combat bullying after one of her children was bullied.[5] She was appointed to a regional anti-bullying task force by Governor Pat Quinn and was asked by Sears Holdings Corporation to establish a national anti-bullying coalition of 70 nonprofit organizations.

Newman has worked on several Democratic campaigns for public office. Between 2015 and 2017 she lobbied for gun control measures such as background checks.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives elections


Newman supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary in Illinois and Hillary Clinton in the November general election. The day after Clinton lost, she applied to the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership.[7] By January 1, 2017, Newman had closed her business to turn her attention to politics full-time.[7]

On April 10, 2017, Newman declared her candidacy for the Illinois's 3rd congressional district,[8] challenging Democratic incumbent Dan Lipinski, a member of the Blue Dog Coalition,[9] who held the seat since 2005 following his father who held it for 22 years.[10][b] Newman earned endorsements from the Human Rights Campaign, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee,[11] Planned Parenthood,[12] EMILY's List,[13] the SEIU state council,[14] National Nurses United, the Illinois Federation of Teachers,[15] the Feminist Majority Foundation,[3] NARAL Pro-Choice America, Democracy for America, MoveOn, and Our Revolution,[16] as well as several Democratic members of Congress, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York[17] and Representatives Luis Gutiérrez and Jan Schakowsky, both Illinois Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.[18] Lipinski defeated Newman with 51.2% of the vote to her 48.8%.[19][20]


Newman ran against Lipinski again in the 2020 Democratic primary.[21] She received endorsements from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez[22] and presidential candidates Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders,[23] Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.[24] The race took on special significance for progressive women’s groups after other candidates they supported lost primary races earlier in March in Texas and the principal women candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination had ended their campaigns.[24] On March 17, 2020, Newman defeated Lipinski in the Democratic primary with 46.55% of the vote to his 45.42%.[25][26] Given the district's Democratic lean, she is expected to win the general election.

Political views

Newman supports abortion rights, gun control, a $15 minimum wage,[5] a Green New Deal[27] and Medicare for All.[28] Her campaigns were supported by Justice Democrats, an organization that funds progressive candidates, in both 2018[29] and 2020.[10]

Personal life

Newman lives in La Grange, Illinois,[25] with her husband Jim and their two children. They married in 1996.[30]


  1. ^ Sometimes described as a native of Beverly, her family lived in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, not Beverly township in central Illinois.[1]
  2. ^ The district was numbered as the 5th from 1983 to 1993.


  1. ^ a b Garmes, Kyle (January 30, 2018). "Primary challenge first for Lipinski; Newman sets run". The Beverly Review. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  2. ^ "2020 Voter Guide to the Primary Election | Marie Newman - D". WTTW News. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Felsenthal, Carol (January 17, 2018). "Could a Political Newcomer Unseat Illinois's Most Conservative Democrat?". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Newman, Marie (March 18, 2020). "How Marie Newman Unseated An Eight-Term Illinois Congressman". Elle (Interview). Interviewed by Rose Minutaglio. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Shugerman, Emily (December 2, 2017). "Meet the woman taking on one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress". The Independent. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  6. ^ Ortiz, Alex (June 18, 2017). "Q&A: Marie Newman talks run for Congress against Dan Lipinski". Herald-News. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Traister, Rebecca (January 19, 2018). "2018's Record Number of Women Candidates Are Set to Blow Up Politics As Usual". The Cut. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  8. ^ "Morning Spin: Lipinski facing challenge from progressive Democrat in Southwest Side congressional district". Chicago Tribune. April 10, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Berman, Russell (February 7, 2018). "House Democrats Turn on One of Their Own". The Atlantic. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Stolberg, Sheryl M. (March 18, 2020). "Marie Newman Beats Dan Lipinski, Democratic Incumbent, in Illinois House Primary". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  11. ^ Chacar, Henriette; Grim, Ryan (December 12, 2017). "A Primary Challenge to a Right-Wing Democrat in Illinois Divides the Resistance". The Intercept. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  12. ^ "Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Marie Newman for Illinois' 3rd District". Planned Parenthood. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  13. ^ Marans, Daniel (February 2, 2018). "Anti-Abortion Democrat Loses Key Support To Progressive Challenger". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Skiba, Katherine; Byrne, John (February 2, 2018). "Lipinski challenger Newman gets backing from SEIU, EMILY's List". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Moattar, Daniel (February 7, 2018). "Can the Democratic Party's Left Flank Win in 2018? This Illinois Primary Could Be a Bellwether". In These Times. ISSN 0160-5992. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  16. ^ Levitz, Eric (January 19, 2018). "The Resistance Is Turning Its Fire on a Conservative Democrat". Daily Intelligencer. New York Magazine. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  17. ^ Relman, Eliza (December 2, 2017). "Gillibrand and top liberal groups are throwing their weight behind an Illinois woman challenging a 'radically conservative' House Democrat". Business Insider. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  18. ^ Korecki, Natasha (January 18, 2018). "Chicago Democrats throw Lipinski under the bus — and blame Trump". Politico. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  19. ^ Sarah Almukhtar, Wilson Andrews, Matthew Bloch, Jeremy Bowers, Tom Giratikanon, Jasmine C. Lee, Jonathan Martin and Liam Stack (March 21, 2018). "Illinois Primary Election Results: Lipinski Wins Primary in 3rd House District". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2020.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  20. ^ Byrne, John (March 21, 2018). "Democrat Marie Newman concedes to U.S. Rep. Lipinski on social media, in quiet end to tough primary race". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  21. ^ Pearson, Rick (October 8, 2020). "Marie Newman, progressive challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, picks up endorsements from 17 local officials". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  22. ^ Edmondson, Catie (September 17, 2019). "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Back First 2020 Challenger to Sitting Democrat". New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  23. ^ Frazin, Rachel (September 10, 2019). "Warren endorses Lipinski challenger Marie Newman". The Hill. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  24. ^ a b "Stung by Losses, Progressive Women Aim for a Win in Illinois". New York Times. Associated Press. March 13, 2020. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  25. ^ a b O'Connell, Patrick M. (March 18, 2020). "Businesswoman Marie Newman's victory in Democratic primary ends decades of Lipinski reign". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  26. ^ Cook County and The City of Chicago. "Primary Election, March 17, 2020: Combined Summary" (PDF). Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  27. ^ Conley, Julia (September 17, 2019). "Applauding Progressive Challenger for Championing Green New Deal and Medicare for All, Ocasio-Cortez Endorses Marie Newman". Common Dreams. Retrieved March 20, 2020.
  28. ^ Slowik, Ted (July 19, 2017). "Slowik: Lipinski facing Democratic challenger Newman in March primary". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  29. ^ Pearson, Rick (September 17, 2019). "Freshman progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Marie Newman's Democratic primary challenge to Rep. Dan Lipinski". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 19, 2020.
  30. ^ Grant, Rebecca (July 29, 2019). "Marie Newman Could Shape the Future of the Democratic Party". The Nation. Retrieved March 19, 2020.

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