Barbara represents the 25th District, which includes portions of the Chicago communities of Woodlawn, South Shore, Hyde Park, Kenwood, and South Chicago. The conviction of her beliefs is one of the assets that makes her so valuable in Springfield. She has served the people of the 25th District since 1979. In 1997, she became the first female Majority Leader in the history of the Illinois General Assembly.
As the second ranking House official, Barbara works closely with colleagues from both parties and all regions of the state to create solutions to the problems that face Illinois. Many organizations have honored Currie for her work in Springfield. Among them are: the Illinois Hospital Association; the Illinois AFL-CIO; the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization (IVI-IPO); the Chicago Urban League; the Illinois Nurse's Association; the Illinois Environmental Council; the Sierra Club; and the National Association of Social Workers.
Barbara attended the University of Chicago. She graduated from the College with honors before earning a Master's degree in Political Science. She is a member of the Chicago League of Women Voters, the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership, Women United for South Shore, and the Board of the ACLU of Illinois. She is active in many civic, community, and environmental organizations. She and her late husband, David P. Currie, a law professor at the University of Chicago, have two wonderful children and four grandchildren.