Jesse White (politician)

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Jesse White
Jesse White 2018.jpg
37th Secretary of State of Illinois
Assumed office
January 11, 1999
See list
Preceded byGeorge Ryan
Personal details
Born (1934-06-23) June 23, 1934 (age 88)
Alton, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materAlabama State University
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Illinois National Guard
Years of service1957-1959
Battles/warsVietnam War

Jesse Clark White (born June 23, 1934) is a Democratic American politician. He is currently the 37th and the longest serving Secretary of State of Illinois and the first African American to hold this position.

Early life[change | change source]

White was born in Alton, Illinois on June 23, 1934. He attended Alabama State University.

As Secretary of State[change | change source]

First elected to Secretary of State of Illinois in 1998, White was re-elected in 2002 by winning all 102 counties and garnering more than 2.3 million votes, the largest vote total by any candidate for Illinois statewide office in a quarter of a century. In 2006, White was re-elected to a third term, having received 63 percent of the vote statewide.[1] White was elected to a fourth term in 2010, the leading vote-getter in the entire state.[2]

Electoral history[change | change source]

  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State of Illinois
    • Jesse White (D) (inc.), 70%
    • Robert Enriquez (R), 27%
  • 2006 Race for Secretary of State of Illinois
  • 2002 Race for Secretary of State of Illinois
    • Jesse White (D) (inc.), 69%
    • Kristine O'Rourke Cohn (R), 29%
  • 1998 Race for Secretary of State of Illinois

References[change | change source]

  1. "Search Vote Totals". Archived from the original on September 29, 2010. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  2. Hudzik, Sam (November 8, 2010). "The fallout: 2010 elections, one week later". City Room Blog. WBEZ. Retrieved November 21, 2010.[permanent dead link]

Other websites[change | change source]