Pat Quinn (politician)

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Pat Quinn
41st Governor of Illinois
In office
January 29, 2009 – January 12, 2015
Lieutenant None (2009-2011)
Sheila Simon (2011-2015)
Preceded by Rod Blagojevich
Succeeded by Bruce Rauner (elect)
45th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 13, 2003 – January 29, 2009
Governor Rod Blagojevich
Preceded by Corinne Wood
Succeeded by Sheila Simon
Treasurer of Illinois
In office
January 14, 1991 – January 9, 1995
Governor Jim Edgar
Preceded by Jerome Cosentino
Succeeded by Judy Baar Topinka
Personal details
Born Patrick Joseph Quinn III
December 16, 1948 (1948-12-16) (age 66)
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Residence Executive Mansion
Alma mater Georgetown University (B.S.)
Northwestern University (J.D.)
Profession Tax attorney
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Patrick Joseph "Pat" Quinn III (born December 16, 1948), is the 41st and current Governor of Illinois. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was Lieutenant Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009. He lost his re-election campaign in 2014 to Bruce Rauner.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Quinn was born on December 16, 1948 in Hinsdale, Illinois. He is of Irish descent. He studied at Georgetown University and at Northwestern University.[2]

Career[change | change source]

He became Governor on January 29, 2009 when Rod Blagojevich, the state's earlier Governor, was impeached and thrown out of office. He praised the Illinois General Assembly for Blagojevich's impeachment.[3]

He was elected into office during the 2010 gubernatorial election.[4] He defeated Republican Bill Brady.

As governor he faced severe short-term budget shortfalls and a long-term state debt, all in the context of the worst national economic slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Quinn has pushed for spending cuts and tax increases, while trying to raise ethical standards, protect public-sector labor unions, and maintain environmental standards.

Quinn lost his re-election campaign to Republican Bruce Rauner.

Personal life[change | change source]

Quinn is divorced and has two sons, Patrick IV and David, born on April 12, 1983, and December 16, 1984, respectively. Quinn was briefly a practicing tax attorney before his career in public office.

References[change | change source]

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Pat Quinn at Wikimedia Commons