About Cristina

Cristina Castro is a Democrat running for re-election to the State Senate in the 22nd district.

Cristina is a second generation Mexican-American and previously a two-term Kane County Commissioner, representing the 20th District in Elgin. A marketing and communications professional, Cristina is a lifelong district resident and active member of her community.

Cristina was the first in her family to complete college and currently holds three college degrees: an Associate in Science from Elgin Community College as well as a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.

A dedicated public servant, Cristina uses her professional background, life experiences, and compassion to represent the interests and concerns of the people she serves. In the Senate, she fights for working families and reaches across the aisle on issues that matter most including: fiscal responsibility, investing in our schools, protecting our seniors, and tax relief.

Cristina is the chairperson for the committee on Revenue as well as Government Accountability and Pension. She serves on several other committees including Commerce and Economic Development, Veterans Affairs, Labor, Transportation and more.

Endorsements

  • ABATE
  • AFL-CIO
  • Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
  • Chicago Federation of Labor
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • LIUNBA
  • Daily Herald
  • Personal PAC
  • Planned Parenthood
  • SEIU
  • Sierra Club
  • IFT
  • NASW-IL
  • Teamsters Joint Council 25
  • GPAC
  • IL National Organization of Women
  • Stand for Children Illinois

Additional Background Information and Awards

  • Kane County Commissioner, 2008-2016
  • Master of Business Administration, Northern Illinois University
  • Bachelor of Science, Northern Illinois University
  • Board Member, Centro de Información (2013-2016)
  • Former Member of IEA, Region 25 (2007-2014)
  • Fellow, Governor James Edgar Fellowship Program, 2014
  • Commissioner, City of Elgin Zoning and Subdivision Hearing Board, 2005 – 2008
  • President, Elgin Hispanic Network, 2005 – 2008
  • Center of Elgin Advisory Committee, 2004-2005
  • 2015 YWCA of Elgin, Myrtle Spiegler Gerberding Award for Public Service
  • 2015 Selected as one of 25 Suburban Leaders who have made a difference in the past 25 years by Reflejos Publications.