Vice President Kamala Harris returns to Chicago on Tuesday to address the National Education Association convention
Vice President Kamala Harris returns to Chicago on Tuesday to speak at the National Education Association at McCormick Place.
Harris will travel to Chicago with her husband, second gentleman Doug Emhoff, for the NEA’s annual meeting and representative assembly in 2022.
NEA members are an important part of the Democratic base, and NEA Chair Becky Pringle is well known in the Biden White House. At a May 20 event in a Washington suburb highlighting how the Biden infrastructure bill will fund investments in electric school buses, Harris shouted at Pringle and added, “And to all teachers — a job as noble and important as you do.”
A White House official told the Chicago Sun-Times that at the NEA’s annual meeting, Harris “will discuss the challenges educators have faced in recent years and highlight their critical role in communities across the country, as well as the Biden-Harris administration’s history of investments to support students and educators. The VP will also speak about the critical importance of unions and how the administration is breaking down barriers to unionization. .
Harris was just in Illinois on June 24 for events in Plainfield and Chicago.
It’s not yet known if Harris will add any events to his next visit to Chicago or do any fundraising. It’s also unclear if Emhoff has any solo activities planned.
As Harris has recounted many times — most recently at a June 30 Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Los Gatos, Calif. — Harris was on Air Force Two with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., heading to the airport in Aurora when they learned the Supreme Court had overturned Roe v. Wade, ending federal protections for abortion rights. After a speech in Plainfield lambasting the Supreme Court’s decision, Harris traveled to Chicago to speak at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Annual Conference.
The vice president and second gentleman will spend the July 4 vacation in Los Angeles.