Melissa Bean

Melissa Luburić Bean ( born January 22, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American politician. She represented the state of Illinois from 2005 to 2011 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Democrat had the mandate, since they surprisingly longtime Republican Representatives Phil Crane beat in the 2004 election.

Family and career

Melissa Bean is the child of Serbian immigrants. She is confessing Orthodox Christian. Together with her husband and their two children, she lives in Barrington. Bean successfully studied at Roosevelt University in Chicago; it holds a consulting firm, among their customers, several companies of the Fortune 1000 are.


Bean represented the 8th congressional district in the state of Illinois. The district is located in the suburbs of Chicago and is considered the Republican heartland of the state. Until her election success of the district had always voted republican since its formation in 1935.

Bean ran for the first time in 2002 for the mandate. She accused the 1969 sitting in Parliament incumbent Phil Crane to have lost contact with the base and the real world. The former leader of the dogmatic conservatives would serve out his parliamentary time now without much activity. In particular, they accused him of various trips, had paid for the various lobby groups. In choosing it reached a surprising 43 percent; while she got little support from her party, which had written off the district as unwinnable. At the 2002 election the boundaries of the electoral district had been redrawn. Loud Bean in a way that impacted favor Cranes, as more democratic areas no longer included after the redrawing of the 8th Congressional District

In the 2004 elections, she managed the campaign to collect nearly as much money as Crane. Most of the money came here from individual donors, while Crane was dependent on the Political Action Committee. The Democratic Party strongly supported her after her moderate success in 2002, as they hoped, this time to be able to land a surprise victory. Among other things, the Senate candidate Barack Obama provided money and helpers ready because his own election prospects at this time were already shining. In the elections on November 2, 2004, she was able to achieve victory with 52 percent of the vote.

In the 2006 elections, the Republicans in Illinois wanted to concentrate their efforts on Beans district. As the results of the presidential election showed the 8th district is still the Republican stronghold in the state. Bean as a freshman Parliament had not yet acquired the resources, contacts, and public awareness which could secure their position. With 51 percent of the vote could defend her seat against David McSweeney. In 2008, she ran against Steve Greenberg and won with 60 percent of an even greater victory. Then, however, the elections of 2010 brought a turn in favor of the Republicans; Melissa Bean also had to cede its mandate to Joe Walsh and resign from the House of Representatives on 3 January 2011.


Bean belongs to the more right wing of her party, the House of Representatives she agreed several times with the Republicans against the Democratic majority. Particularly controversial was doing its approval of the CAFTA. Several U.S. unions have announced they will no longer support because of this vote; unions, however, were a major force that had earned her the 2004 election victory.

She is a member of the inner-party coalition of Blue Dog Democrats and sat during her time in the House of Representatives of the Finance Committee of Parliament.