Illinois State Representative Kam Buckner has dedicated his life to serving his community and creating opportunities for a wide array of citizens.
Kam is a native of the Southside of Chicago, the fourth of five children, born to an educator and a law enforcement officer. He attended Morgan Park High School and then the University of Illinois on a football scholarship. He graduated from DePaul University College of Law.
Kam began his professional career as an aide to United States Senator Dick Durbin. He also previously worked in the administration of Mitchell J. Landrieu the former Mayor of New Orleans. Upon his return to Chicago, he led government and neighborhood relations for Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, where he helped negotiate the deal to renovate and expand historic Wrigley Field.
In line with his commitment to Chicago’s neighborhoods and youth, he served as Executive Director of World Sport Chicago, the non-profit legacy of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Kam has been published in a number of national publications on subjects including politics, race, and economics and has taught Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
Fighting for equitable education and economic development, Kam is a collaborative leader who is committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose, investing in institutions of higher education, providing opportunities for business growth and a fiscally sound state budget that delivers to those who depend on it.
Kam serves on the Illinois House of Representatives Judiciary, K-12 Appropriations, Higher Education, Early Childhood and Transporation Committees.