Representative Casten is dedicated to protecting the rights of all Americans.  He is committed to his long-held belief that LGBTQ rights are human rights and he stands firmly against any effort that would deny any citizen the full set of rights and opportunities.

Believing that too many gaps exist in our civil rights laws, leaving LGBTQ Americans without the full protections that other citizens enjoy, Rep. Casten seeks to do all that he can in office to eliminate those gaps.

In addition, the Congressman places a special emphasis on protecting LGBTQ children, too many of whom face harassment, distressingly contributing to higher rates of suicide among the LGBTQ youth. 

Recognizing that too many qualified members of our workforce face discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity, the Congressman stands for improving workplace protections, including in the Federal workforce. With that in mind, he supported House Resolution 124, a bipartisan resolution opposing the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender military service members.


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August 10, 2020 Page

Summer 2020 

  • Climate Action Town Hall with Rep. Kathy Castor

  • Town Hall with IRS Liaison Susan Gainous

Spring 2020

  • April COVID Town Hall with Drs. Landon and Murphy

  • April Town Hall with State Sen Laura Ellman

  • April Town Hall with State Rep Karina Vill

  • April AARP Teletown Hall

  • April Town Hall with Reps Foster and Underwood

September 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06), along with U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), as well as, U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III (MA-04), introduced legislation that prohibits the consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or actual or perceived sexual orientation when calculating damages in civil lawsuits.

July 30, 2019 In The News

It was one of his talking points on the campaign trail last year and it hasn't gone away.

Climate change is an "existential threat" to human life, 6th District U.S. Rep. Sean Casten says, and it's the problem around which he's built a career.

But now, instead of addressing climate change as the head of his own business, the Downers Grove Democrat is attacking the issue as a politician representing a large swath of the West and Northwest suburbs.

July 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. The legislation authorizes the appropriations of funds for the Department of Defense (DOD). The bill provides for a strong, smart national defense that is in line with American values.

June 24, 2019 In The News

Congressman Bill Foster and Congressman Sean Casten hosted a panel discussion on issues faced by the LGBTQ community.

“We’re part way along a difficult and continuing path in this country. That things are better in the suburbs, things are not perfect. And that it’s never going to be easy for someone struggling with their gender identity and they deserve support from the community and not being pushed aside or ridiculed,” said Congressman Foster.


January 22, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-06)  issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in a 5-4 vote that temporarily allows the Trump Administration’s policy of banning transgender Americans from serving in the military.