Originally published at IllinoisHouseDems.com

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House Democratic Women’s Caucus (IHDWC) recently
elected their leadership team for the 103rd General Assembly. They are:

  • State Rep. Anne Stava-Murray, D-Downers Grove, Chair
  • State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Champaign, Vice Chair
  • State Rep. Dagmara Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, Secretary
  • State Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, Treasurer

“I am honored by the trust my colleagues have placed in me,” Stava-Murray said. “Crafting
policy to promote the interests of women statewide, especially in the post-Dobbs age, is an
important responsibility, and one that will impact the lives of half our state’s population. The
intrinsic set of issues that women face in our society present unique obstacles for advocates and
policymakers to overcome. I welcome the challenge, and I am eager to get started.”

“I am honored to be joining the leadership of the Women’s Caucus and bringing my experience
and perspective to the fights ahead of us,” Ammons said. “Women have always played a critical
role in the fight for equality, justice and a better future for women, minorities and all those who
find their lives wrought by injustice. I am excited to work with my colleagues and the rest of the
caucus in advancing legislation that will lift up women across Illinois.”

“Illinois women, and women of color in particular, face unique challenges that necessitate
collaborative and creative policy solutions,” Avelar said. “As the secretary of the Women’s
Caucus, I am ready to listen to and learn from my sisters-in-service so that we can formulate
legislation that uplifts women across the state. Our diversity is our greatest strength, and I will
work tirelessly to make sure the work of the Women’s Caucus reflects as such.”

“Through my work as a community activist and as a state representative, I know first-hand what
a tremendous impact women leaders have on their communities and the state of Illinois as a
whole,” Hirschauer said. “As a member of the IHDWC leadership team, I am deeply committed
to continuing that legacy so that women of all backgrounds have equal opportunities to grow and

The IHDWC works to promote the leadership of women elected to the Illinois House of
Representatives and to craft inclusive policy outcomes for the state. The caucus is working to
address systemic challenges for women, and to provide resources to elevate the role of women in
public service.