WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Justin Slaughter was tapped Thursday afternoon to replace state Rep. Monique Davis (D-27th), who retired Dec. 23 to end her 29-year career as a state lawmaker.
Slaughter works as a legislative coordinator for Cook County. He previously held positions with the county's bureau of administration and as a director for Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore (4th).
State Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch (D-7th) posted a photo of Slaughter's swearing-in ceremony on Twitter. Slaughter's appointment was also confirmed by State Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18th) as well as a published report.
"Congratulations to my friend Justin Slaughter on his appointment as the new State Rep, D-27th District replacing legendary Monique D. Davis!," Welch's Twitter post says.
Congratulations to my friend Justin Slaughter on his appointment as the new State Rep, D-27th District replacing legendary Monique D. Davis! pic.twitter.com/VOlWS9Ie8P— Emanuel Chris Welch (@RepChrisWelch) January 5, 2017
Slaughter's district includes parts of the neighborhoods of Beverly, Chatham, Morgan Park, Roseland, Washington Heights and West Pullman. The district also includes all or portions of several south suburbs, namely Alsip, Blue Island, Crestwood, Orland Park, Palos Heights and Robbins.
A lifelong Washington Heights resident, Slaughter was chosen based on a weighted vote among the Democratic committeemen serving within the 27th district, which includes Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) and Ald. Howard Brookins (21st).
Davis ran unopposed in the general election Nov. 8. Members of the Illinois house serve two-year terms. Slaughter filed to run against Davis in the March primary but later withdrew.
Slaughter is listed among the New Leaders Council's Chicago 2015 Fellows. The recognition points to his work with seniors, youth and people receiving public aid. He has also worked in the criminal justice system, serving as deputy director of programs for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.
The newest member of the Illinois house has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in public policy and administration from Northwestern University.
"Through his work in the public sector, Mr. Slaughter has demonstrated a strong commitment towards community service and helping those in need. His dedication and passion towards addressing issues that disproportionately affect minorities has made him a strong inspiring leader," the leaders council's recognition states.
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