On Nov. 3, 1936, Richard J. Daley was elected to his first political office as a write-in Republican candidate to replace the recently deceased Rep. David Shanahan in the Illinois General Assembly. Immediately after the election, however, Daley returned to the Democratic Party. He remained a lifelong Democrat. In the legislature, Daley supported progressive legislation such as the school lunch program and a fairer state sales tax.

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Richard J. Daley with a group of Illinois legislators during his first term in office, ca. 1936.

Richard J. Daley with a group of Illinois legislators during his first term in office, ca. 1936.