Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
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1962 – Born on January 22nd in Chicago. Congresswoman Melissa Bean is serving her second term as U.S. Representative to Illinois’ Eighth Congressional District, which includes portions of Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties.
1980 – Graduated from Maine East High School, Park Ridge, Illinois.
2002 – Bean earned her B.A. in Political Science from Roosevelt University.
2004 – Melissa Bean ousted the longest-serving Republican in Congress, the ultra-right-wing Phil Crane, and was one of only two Democrats to defeat a Republican incumbent.
– Bean traveled to Kuwait, Qatar and Ireland, and reported only $1,041.00 in expenses paid by U.S. taxpayers.
2005 – The Congresswoman was sworn into office on January 4th.
– Elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Ninth Congress and to the succeeding Congress.