Christian Mitchell is the State Representative of the 26th District in Chicago. Christian was raised by his mother and his grandfather. Their hard work and commitment to community inspired him to enter public service after graduating from the University of Chicago.
Christian began his career as a faith based community organizer in the south suburbs and southside. As a community organizer, Christian worked with single mothers like his own who were fed up with the quality of their neighborhood schools, with homeowners concerned about losing their homes to foreclosure or the kind of flooding he’d endured in his youth, and with families concerned about being able to provide for aging loved ones – an experience he could relate to after caring for ailing grandparents.
Christian’s efforts as an organizer also led to several other measurable improvements. The state legislature passed a law to create a universal fare card for transit systems in Chicago and the South Suburbs, drafted in part by Christian. It will allow for transfers between Metra, CTA, and Pace by 2015.
He served as part of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s senior staff, helping advise on many issues and connecting members of the community to services the county provides.