Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago,
was sworn into office on January 8, 2003 in the newly created 12th
Legislative District. Senator Sandoval
became one of four Latinos to be elected to the Illinois Senate for the 93rd
Sandoval was born in The Back of
the Yards, a neighborhood on Chicago’s
Southwest Side. He was a graduate of Quigley Preparatory
High School and went on to continue
his studies at Loyola University in Chicago
where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology.
Martin Sandoval’s commitment to
public service has spanned more than fifteen years and he is an expert in
procurement and environmental protection. His service in the public arena includes appointments to the U.S. Department
of Defense, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and ten years at the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. He also
held leadership positions in various federal labor unions.
In early 1999, then Illinois
Governor George Ryan and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, in an act of bi-partisan
cooperation, appointed Sandoval as the first Latino to the position of
Commissioner to the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Sandoval worked tirelessly to gain the
confidence of the people of Cook
County to protect their
precious water resources and consequently was re-elected in 2000 to remain in
that countywide position. He served as Chairman on the District’s Committee on
Engineering as well as the Committee on Public Health and Welfare. These
committees provide policy and budgetary direction in the planning and design of
the District’s construction projects as well as security of all plant
Sandoval’s core beliefs are
rooted in the community and he is actively involved in several not-for-profit
organizations. He continues to sponsor
science fairs and provides much needed resources to the Socorro Sandoval School
Park Campus, a school named after his late sister who was a Chicago Public
School Teacher. He serves on the board of Catholic Charities of Chicago, Advocate Bethany Hospital
and the Save-A-Life Foundation. He also has received numerous community and
public service awards for his dedication.
Sandoval resides in the Chicago
Southwest Side neighborhood of Gage
Park with his wife
Marina, their twins Martin Jr. and Angie and their daughter Jenny.