Planned Parenthood of Illinois Action endorses Ram Villivalam for State Senate

Chicago (Mayfair) - Today, Democratic Candidate for State Senate Ram Villivalam (IL-8) announced the endorsement of Planned Parenthood of Illinois Action (PPIA).

“Planned Parenthood Illinois Action is proud to endorse Ram Villivalam in the 8th State Senate District in Illinois,” said Jennifer Welch, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. "Ram has long been an advocate for women’s health and reproductive freedom. For years, he has been on the front lines fighting for women's healthcare, especially the gains that were made with the Affordable Care Act around access to birth control and other preventative care. Ram has also been a leader on important issues such as ending gender discrimination, equal pay for equal work, gun violence prevention, and quality education for all of our students. I am confident that as the next State Senator from the 8th District, Ram will fight for all of his constituents.”

“I’ve been a longtime advocate for women, especially those who have often been denied a seat at the table such as home healthcare workers, child care providers, nursing home workers, and hospital workers," said Democratic candidate for State Senate Ram Villivalam. "At a time when women's healthcare, economic security, dignity, and rights are under attack in Washington, in the courts, and in Springfield, I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. In these trying times, I look forward to being the leader that the 8th State Senate District deserves and someone who will fight to protect human and civil rights.”

PPIA endorses candidates who are 100% pro-choice, support access to a full range of affordable reproductive health care and education for all Illinoisans, and show a clear commitment to Planned Parenthood’s core values.

Villivalam has been endorsed by U.S Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider, U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis, U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Fmr. Gubernatorial Candidate & Alderman Ameya Pawar, State Senator Laura Murphy, State Senator Omar Aquino, State Representative Theresa Mah, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner Josina Morita, the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, the UAW Illinois, Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers, Local UFCW 881, SEIU Illinois State Council, National Nurses United, Our Revolution Illinois, Reclaim Chicago, Equality Illinois PAC, Northside Democracy for America, Citizen Action Illinois, and the Indo-American Democratic Organization.


About Ram:

Ram Villivalam most recently worked as Legislative Coordinator for SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana, advocating on behalf of more than 90,000 Home Care Providers, Child Care Providers, Nursing Home Workers, Hospital Workers, and the people they provide care for. Previously, Ram served as the Outreach Director for U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider, working with manufacturing organizations, unions, immigration groups, and community colleges on more than 20 policy areas. Ram serves on the Board of the Gun Violence Prevention PAC and as President of the Indo-American Democratic Organization. A child of immigrants, Ram was born and raised on the Northwest side and attended Chicago Public Schools throughout his childhood. Ram and his wife, Elizabeth, live in the Mayfair neighborhood on the Northwest side of Chicago. (


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