Chapa LaVia was born and raised in Aurora, graduating from East Aurora High School. She became the first in her family to graduate college, earning her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While at UIC, she was an ROTC cadet preparing to become an Army officer.
Linda was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army, where she served for five years. She served as a Second Lieutenant and remained in the National Guard for an additional five years.
As her family grew, Linda and her husband owned and operated multiple small businesses. She understands the challenges of being an entrepreneur and a working mom.
In 2001, she decided that politicians should listen to and look like the people they represent, and ran for office.
As a leader in the statehouse, Linda has worked on issues that help families right here in our community and fought hard on behalf of consumers, students and teachers, and our veterans. She has chaired multiple committees, including Elementary Education, Veterans Affairs, and Energy.
Linda has dedicated her life to making life better for middle class families and serving as an advocate for the entire community. She recognizes the opportunities her community, her state, and her country provided to her, and she wants to make sure that those opportunities exist for everyone else.
Linda lives in Aurora with her husband Vern and their two teenage daughters, Jackie and Veronica.