CHICAGO — Edward Guerra Kodatt has been chosen as Mike Madigan’s successor in the 22nd district following a Southwest Side meeting to determine his replacement.
Guerra, 26, has worked for both Madigan and Alderman Marty Quinn, who represents the 13th Ward in the Chicago City Council.
“My mantra as a state representative was to represent ordinary working people on the Southwest Side of Chicago,” Madigan said Sunday. “I would hope that my successor is a state representative who would follow the same approach.”
In all, there were 10 contenders. But Madigan opted for Kodatt.
“I’m a Southwest Side resident and I’ve lived in the 22nd district my entire life,” Kodatt said. “While I’ve never imagined having such big shoes to fill, I’ve known for most of my life that I wanted to dedicate my life to public service.”
In the end, Madigan had the largest share of the weighed vote – effectively 56 percent – and Kodatt easily won the appointment.
“We’re kind of shifting into a new age here and I think I’m going to bring some new ideas and perspective,” Kodatt said.
Madigan resigned from his seat as the 22nd district representative on Thursday after serving in the Illinois House of Representatives for just over 50 years, first taking office in January 1971.
Madigan resigned from the House last week after his caucus denied him the speaker’s gavel for another term. Although Madigan remains a 13th Ward committeemen, Sunday’s meeting was about his successor.
It was also an opportunity for the longest-serving state house speaker in U.S. history to say goodbye.
“I want to thank the people of the 22nd district,” he said. “The people of the great Southwest Side. The people of Illinois.