Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is a teacher, entrepreneur, and small business owner. After attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, she taught middle school with Teach for America in Baltimore, MD. She then worked in Springfield for Senator Dick Durbin and with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and has been active in Democratic politics and advocacy causes for 20 years. Dirksen Londrigan is the founder of Women Rising, an organization that recruits and trains women to run for state and local office.
Dirksen Londrigan believes that achieving a two-state solution is the only way to ensure Israel will remain a Jewish and democratic state. She also understands that a lasting peace will allow Israelis and Palestinians both to thrive economically and socially. Dirksen Londrigan believes that the United States needs to be involved in bringing Israel and the Palestinians to an agreement and views the Trump administration’s recent decision to unilaterally move the US embassy to Jerusalem as irresponsible and unhelpful to the peace process.
Dirksen Londrigan supports continued US aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. She believes that this will help Israel defend itself and lay the foundation for a future Palestinian state. Additionally, Dirksen Londrigan is dedicated to standing up against the BDS movement if elected to Congress.