Jim Edgar

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Jim Edgar
Edgar in 2013
38th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 14, 1991 – January 11, 1999
Lieutenant Bob Kustra
Preceded by James R. Thompson
Succeeded by George Ryan
35th Illinois Secretary of State
In office
January 12, 1981 – January 14, 1991
Governor James R. Thompson
Preceded by Alan J. Dixon
Succeeded by George Ryan
Personal details
Born July 22, 1946 (1946-07-22) (age 68)
Vinita, Oklahoma
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Brenda Smith
Alma mater Wabash College
Eastern Illinois University
Profession Politician
Religion Baptist[1]

James "Jim" Edgar (born July 22, 1946) is an American-Republican politician who served as Governor of Illinois from January 1991 through January 1999. Before he served as Illinois Secretary of State from January 1981 through January 1991.

Edgar was a very popular governor. Even though Illinois is a Democratic state, he won in landslides as a Republican. He retired with high approval ratings.

Edgar was born on July 22, 1946 in Vinita, Oklahoma.[2] He was raised in Charleston, Illinois. Edgar studied at Wabash College and at Eastern Illinois University. He is married to Brenda Smith.

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