Michelle Mussman was a mom, community volunteer, and PTA parent who, like many area residents, was frustrated with state government’s reputation for debt and dysfunction. Mussman decided to step up and dedicate herself to trying to help her community and state navigate these difficult times.
Having never run for or held public office before, Mussman didn't set out to run a typical political campaign. Instead, she started with a simple concept: that a woman with real life experiences has a lot to offer. Together with several friends and fellow PTA members, Michelle went out into the community, going door-to-door and talking with thousands of homeowners, taxpayers and parents about the problems they were facing. She knocked on each door with a simple message: We can do more if we work together. It would take a “Mom on a Mission” to go to the capital and be the voice for her neighbors.
Mussman went to Springfield knowing that it would take time and hard work to address the many challenges ahead. Mussman has taken tough votes to stabilize our state finances, restrain property tax growth, and help grow quality job opportunities for residents of all ages and skill levels. She has voted to protect funding for vital services for seniors, children with disabilities, and veterans.
Mussman knows that her mission to improve our state is far from done. Her legislative priorities for the future include attracting new businesses to the area, making the state friendlier to job-creating companies, fostering transparency and accountability in state government, and strengthening education to care for the whole child and help them grow into self-sufficient global citizens. Mussman will also focus on funding for care programs that help senior citizens retain independence living in their own homes, make our communities inclusive of people of all abilities, provide support for families, ensure that returning veterans get the care they deserve, and promote environmental policies that move us, and our future generations, into a more sustainable, healthier future.
Mussman graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Design. Her husband, George, is a high school teacher at Fenton High School in Bensenville, where he teaches US History and is a theater director. Michelle and George have three young adult children: Matt, Justin, and Nicholas.