Melissa Luburich Bean is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district from 2005 to 2011. Bean is a member of the Democratic Party.Early life, education, and business careerBean attended Maine East High School before graduating from Oakton Community College with an Associate degree in 1982 and from Roosevelt University in 2002 with a Bachelor's degree. Prior to her election to Congress, she was president of a home-based business, Sales Resources Inc., which counted many Fortune 1000 companies as clients.U.S. House of RepresentativesElections2002In 2002, Bean ran against 73-year-old 8th District Republican incumbent Phil Crane, a 33-year incumbent. Bean attacked Crane for taking numerous lobbyist-funded trips. She lost, but gained 43% of the vote. This was unexpected since she had received very little funding from the national party.