Senator Trotter is Chairperson of the Senate Appropriations I Committee and a member of the Senate Revenue and Appropriations II Committee and the Economic and Fiscal Commission.
Trotter was born in Cairo, Illinois, but is a lifelong resident of Chicago. He attended the University of Arizona and Chicago State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. He went on to earn his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
As a senator, he sponsored legislation that would allow adults to purchase sterile syringes from pharmacies without a prescription. He co-sponsored a bill that allows an individual to file a petition asking for his/her personal police record to be sealed, after which no one would have access to the records except law enforcement agencies.
Trotter has worked to provide health care to low income families. He has fought to include funding in the state budget for the FamilyCare program, which provides health insurance to the parents of children enrolled in KidCare.
In 2000 Trotter made an unsuccessful bid for the US House of Representatives in the Illinois' 1st congressional district against Bobby Rush and, then fellow State Senator, Barack Obama.
In 2001, Trotter sponsored and passed the law that created the Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act. The legislation provides that birth parents may legally leave a newborn at a hospital, fire station or emergency medical facility. If neither child abuse nor neglect is suspected, no questions are asked.