State Representative Kam Buckner
Representative Kam Buckner is a native of the Southside of Chicago, the 4th child of a
Chicago Public School Teacher and a law enforcement officer. He represents the 26th Legislative District in the Illinois House of Representatives. The District, completely situated in the City of Chicago contains parts of South Chicago, South Shore, Washington Park, Woodlawn, Hyde Park, Kenwood, Bronzeville, the South Loop, Downtown, River North, Streeterville and the Gold Coast.
He previously served as Executive Director of World Sport Chicago, the non-profit legacy of Chicago's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games; an organization that uses sports as a tool to provide positive life skill training and opportunities to youth in Chicago's most under-resourced communities. Buckner previously worked in the Front Office of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, where he led the team’s government and neighborhood relations efforts; serving as an integral part of the contingent that successfully negotiated a deal to renovate and expand historic Wrigley Field; a first of its kind stadium deal that is expected to yield $1.2 billion in economic activity. He previously spent a number of years in the public sector on the staffs of Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans, LA and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois.
He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of the
Fighting Illini football team and received a B.A. in Political Science. He holds a J.D. from DePaul University
College of Law. Kam has served as an adjunct professor in the Undergraduate College of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and has been a contributor for the political newspaper and website the Hill and Crain’s Chicago Business. He formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University. He was a fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as well as the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Development Program and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Business Leadership Council, the Illinois Advisory Board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the Leadership Circle of the Illinois Democratic County Chair’s Association and Major League Soccer’s Chicago.
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