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Born and raised in West Chicago, Illinois, Senator Karina Villa is a lifelong resident of Illinois’ 25th District. She was elected to the Illinois Senate on November 3, 2020, and is a passionate advocate for students and families with a strong record of service to the community. Senator Villa is the first Latina to represent the 25th District.

Karina earned a master’s degree in social work from Aurora University. She became a school social worker and has worked in the West Chicago and Villa Park school systems. Karina has strong family ties. She and her brother are children of immigrant parents who are small business owners in the community. The family grocery store was a place for people to get assistance, advice, and job referrals. She learned that social responsibility and hard work are integral to any undertaking.

Prior to being elected to the Illinois Senate, Villa served as Vice President of the West Chicago District 33 Board of Education where she worked to maintain a balanced budget for the school district, while negotiating equitable teacher contracts and providing increased services to students. When Karina was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2018 she used her social work background, leadership, and life experience to ensure effective representation in the 49th District.