Illinois State Representative Theresa Mah made history in 2016 when she became the first Asian American elected to serve in the Illinois General Assembly. Representative Mah is a former college professor with a Ph.D. in modern American history and teaching experience in history, ethnic studies, and Asian American studies. Born in San Francisco, California, and a graduate of UC Berkeley, Rep. Mah first came to Illinois for graduate studies at the University of Chicago more than 25 years ago. Prior to her election to the General Assembly, Dr. Mah served as a senior advisor in former Governor Pat Quinn’s administration. In the General Assembly, Rep. Mah is the chair of the Committee on Health Care Licenses and serves on the Committees on K-12 Education Appropriations, Immigration & Human Rights, Housing, among others.