Born and raised in West Chicago, Illinois, State Representative Karina Villa is a lifelong resident of Illinois’ 49th district. She was elected on November 6, 2018, and is a passionate advocate for students and families with a strong record of service to the community.
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 House of Representatives, Villa served on the West Chicago District 33 Board of Education since 2013. As the school board vice president, Villa’s knowledge and leadership led to improved programming in the schools, including full-day kindergarten and dual-language programming. She worked with the board to maintain a balanced budget for the school district, while negotiating equitable teacher contracts and providing increased services to students.
Karina uses her professional background, leadership, and life experience to collaborate through compassionate conversation. She is committed to listening to the voices of the 49th district and ensuring effective representation.
In the 101st General Assembly, Karina serves on the following House Committees: Appropriations — Elementary and Secondary Education; Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum and Policies; Health Care Availability and Accessibility; and, Labor and Commerce and Mental Health.