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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July 19, 2021 Press Release
Washington, DC — Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement in support of the FY 2022 funding package – which included victories for Illinois that Congressman Casten championed to make smart investments in decarbonization technologies to lower industrial emissions and clean energy storage technologies. In addition, Rep. Casten secured federal funds for all ten community projects requested, which will drive funds directly to Illinois 6th congressional district.
March 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) tonight joined House Democrats in passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping anti-corruption package to clean up Washington, protect and expand voting rights, restore integrity, and put the needs and priorities of the American people ahead of special interests.

February 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06) voted to pass the Equality Act in the 117th Congress after a scathing condemnation of a GOP colleague’s transphobic attack against Rep. Marie Newman (IL-03) and her daughter. The bill, which Rep. Casten was proud to cosponsor in 2019 and help introduce in 2021, extends protections against discrimination to members of the LGBTQ community.

January 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) released the following statement following the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Casten said, “After four years of corruption, cruelty, and deadly incompetence in the White House, today marks the beginning of a new day for America. With today’s swearing-in of President Biden and Vice President Harris, glass ceilings will be shattered, and a new era of truth-telling and integrity will begin. 

September 10, 2020 Press Release

WEST CHICAGO— Today, Representatives Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Bill Foster (IL-11), and Sean Casten (IL-06) announced that the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program has awarded grant funding to organizations that provide youth substance use prevention programs in Naperville, McHenry County, and Will County. The grant funding includes a $42.5 million investment for FY2020 to youth substance prevention in communities across the country, including 360 Youth Services' Community Alliance for Prevention, McHenry County Regional Office of Education Substance Abuse Coalition, and the Will Cou

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.