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Title Amistad Commission 
Contact Name Amy Martin 
Contact Title Director, HPA 
Contact Email  
Function The Commission will work with IHPA and ISBE to promote education and awareness of slavery and the African slave trade.  
Term 3 years and until successor is appointed and qualified; initial members shall have staggered terms 
Senate Confirmation No 
Party Affiliation No more than 4 of the members appointed by the Governor shall be from the same political party 
Compensation Expenses  
Qualifications Chosen with regard to broad geographical representation and ethnic diversity and who have served actively in organizations that educate the public on the history of the African slave trade, the contributions of African-Americans to our society, and civil rights issues. 
Composition 15 members total: 6 public members appointed by the Governor; 2 members appointed by the President of the Senate; 1 member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; 2 members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; 1 member appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; 3 ex-officio members:
State Superintendent of Education or designee (ex officio); Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or designee (ex officio); Director of Historic Preservation Agency or designee (ex officio).  
Chair Elected by the Commission  
Authority 20 ILCS 3405/22 

Member Names

Name (Last, First) Ascending Term Expires Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position County
Adams, Dr. Carol  04/11/2015  03/13/2013    Speaker of the House  Member  Cook 
Black, Timuel  01/19/2015  05/02/2014  Democrat  Governor  Member  None 
Bridges, Roger  01/24/2014  10/16/2012  Democrat  Governor  Member  McLean 
Davis, Monique  01/19/2016  03/28/2013  Democrat  Governor  Member  Cook 
Davis, Robert  04/11/2015  03/13/2013    Speaker of the House  Member  Cook 
Jackson, Phillip    08/02/2012    President of the Senate  Member  Cook 
Lightford, Kimberly    08/02/2012    President of the Senate  Member  Cook 
Martin, Amy        Statute  Ex-Officio, IHPA  Sangamon 
Musgrave, Jon  04/17/2015  04/17/2012    House Minority Leader  Member  Williamson 
Patterson, Reginald    07/25/2013    Statute  Ex-Officio, ISBE  Cook 
Pollet, Adam        Statute  Ex-Officio, DCEO  Sangamon 
Vacant        Governor  Member  None 
Vacant        Governor  Member  Cook 
Walker, Lee  11/21/2007  11/21/2005    Senate Minority Leader  Member  Cook 
Williams, Sherry  01/19/2016  10/12/2012  Democrat  Governor  Member  Cook 

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