Eighty years ago today, Richard J. Daley won election to the Illinois State Senate after serving one term in the state’s house of representatives. In the image below, Daley stands to the right with his fellow senators.

Richard J. Daley's first session in the Illinois Senate.

Richard J. Daley’s first session in the Illinois Senate. Daley is standing on the right. RJD_04_01_0001_0003_003

For more images from the Richard J. Daley Collection, see the Richard J. Daley Era Photographs.