CHICAGO (WAND) — Gov. JB Pritzker announced the resignation of Lt. Gov. Christian Mitchell on Friday.
Mitchell has overseen the environment, infrastructure, and public safety since the governor’s first term began.
Prior to serving as lieutenant governor, Mitchell served six years in the Illinois House of Representatives, making him the first African-American to serve as interim secretary general of the Illinois Democratic Party.
He leaves in early March.
“We are proud to have a motivated and passionate public servant like Christian Mitchell on our team working to improve the lives of Illinoisans across the state,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. While he will be sadly gone, his work ethic and commitment to fairness, progress and public service will make him an asset to any organization that is honored to work with him. There is no mistake.”
During his tenure, Lt. Gov. Mitchell will lead efforts to pass the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) in 2021, a $45 billion plan to rethink and modernize Illinois’ infrastructure, public transportation, and public transportation. oversaw the development and implementation of the Illinois Recapital Plan. university etc.
Mitchell was also Governor Pritzker’s representative on cannabis regulation and tax law in 2019, advocating policies to address historic criminal justice inequities and deprivation of investment through cannabis legalization.
Mitchell is also the Chief Strategist for the Governor’s Office on Assault Weapons Bans, Criminal Justice Reform, and Expanding Vote-by-Mail Ballots, helping to procure the state’s personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpile during the COVID-19 pandemic. took the lead. During his tenure, he oversaw a wide range of state agencies, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Corrections, State Police, Emergency Management, National Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, Capital Development Board, and Cannabis Control Oversight.