Rafael Rivadeneira Announces Run for State Rep
Sustainable Policies for Our Community, Schools, Jobs and Natural Resources
July 27, 2009, Elmhurst, IL—Rafael Rivadeneira, an Elmhurst investment advisor, announced over the weekend that he will seek the Republican nomination for Illinois House District 41. His decision followed Rep. Bob Biggins’ public announcement not to seek re-election.
“The state of Illinois should be one of sustaining our economic growth, our education systems and our natural resources,” Rivadeneira said. “We need sustainable policies for businesses that create and ensure jobs, for education that puts students first, for an efficient and transparent state government and for practices that protect our natural resources. We need this for today and for future generations.”
Born of Cuban immigrants who fled the oppressive Castro regime, Rafael was instilled with a deep gratitude for the freedoms his parents found in the United States. Rafael grew up in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. He attended St. Ignatius Grammar School in Rogers Park and went onto Loyola Academy in Wilmette. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Finance.
Rafael is president of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RNHA) of Illinois and is the immediate past president and founder of the DuPage County chapter of the RNHA. An elected precinct committeeman in York Township, he is actively involved in the York Township Republican Committeemen’s Organization, the DuPage Young Republicans and the Illinois Republican Party.
Rafael is president of Epiphany Portfolios, which specializes in low, flat-fee based passive money management for individuals, not-for-profits, foundations and other organizations seeking sound, prudent investments. Rafael sits on the Board of Directors of Hinsdale Humane Society where he serves as Treasurer and finance committee chairman.
Rafael and his family are members of Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church. He is married to Caryn, a writer and speaker. They have three children.