Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios is serving her sixth term in the Illinois General Assembly as the 39th District State Representative. Her Northwest Side Chicago district includes parts of Avondale, Belmont Cragin, Dunning, Hermosa, Irving Park, Portage Park and Logan Square communities. Representative Berrios is the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the Illinois House of Representatives.
As a State Representative, her top priorities are to improve education and the quality of family life in her district and throughout Illinois. She has focused on issues that increase the well-being of children, seniors, and working families. The Representative strongly supports after school programs, affordable housing and initiatives that reduce crime, as well as provide better health care for everyone.
In Springfield, Berrios serves on six committees. She is the Chairperson of the Consumer Protection Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Insurance Committee, Mass Transit and International Trade and Commerce Committee as well as the Tourism and Conventions Committee. In addition to her regular committees, she serves as Co-chair for the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus.
Berrios has always been an active member in her community, volunteering her time over the years with various organizations and events, including the Young Democrats of Cook County. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Child’s Play Touring Theatre, a premiere theater company in the U.S. which for nearly 30 years has dedicated itself to exclusively performing works written by children. She also sits on the Board of Tabula Rasa, a programs that utilizes a holistic approach to end recidivism.
The Representative expects to earn her Masters Degree in Business Administration with a concentration on International Business this year from Keiser University. Berrios is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a Board of Governor’s Degree.
She serves as secretary for the Latino Caucus of the Young Elected Officials Network and secretary for the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs. Berrios is a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She holds a Certificate of Completion from the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development, conducted by The Council of State Governments Midwestern Office in cooperation with the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was also selected to participate in the Foreign Policy Institute for State Legislators conducted by the Center for Women Policy Studies.