Aurora’s Chapa LaVia chosen again as whip at DNC
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org September 4, 2012 11:04PM
State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, D-Aurora
Updated: October 6, 2012 1:43PM
AURORA — As the Democratic National Convention kicked off in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday, State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia received word after breakfast that she would once again be named floor whip of the Illinois delegation.
And although she described the job as “miserable” because she’ll miss a lot of the convention while tasked with making sure fellow Illinois delegates are in the right spot at the right time, Chapa LaVia said Tuesday that she’s happy to fill the role again.
“Amazing,” she said via text message Tuesday night from the convention floor. “I just like to serve.”
As in past years, Auroran Chapa LaVia was spotted Tuesday wearing a Cubs jersey with her name and the number of the House district she’s represented since 2003 — #83.
There were plenty of speakers on tap Tuesday from President Barack Obama’s home state, including Gov. Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor and the president’s former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Tammy Duckworth, who’s set to square off in Illinois’ 8th Congressional district against Republican incumbent Joe Walsh.
“In Illinois, we know President Barack Obama,” Quinn said Tuesday night. “We know his record. And we know that President Obama has made sure that work is always part of welfare. As an Illinois State Senator, Barack Obama spearheaded welfare reform in the Land of Lincoln.”
First Lady Michelle Obama gave Tuesday’s prime-time speech.
Chapa LaVia is slated to talk about the economy from the DNC at 9 a.m. Wednesday on NPR radio.
At the end of the night, Chapa LaVia said she was exhausted. This is the second time she’s been nominated as floor whip.
“What a night,” Chapa LaVia said. “Illinois has prime real estate (on the convention floor) and being whip is a hard job. You’re on your feet and absolutely making people move on and out of seats that don’t belong to them.”
Chapa LaVia said her military background must make her a prime candidate for the job.
“Regardless of our parties, it’s evident at both conventions how much we love this country,” she said Tuesday night.
Chapa LaVia is joined in Charlotte by fellow Democratic delegates Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, Juan Thomas of Aurora, Mark Guethle of North Aurora, Michael O’Connell of Yorkville and Mary Plata of Yorkville.