Jim Oberweis

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Jim Oberweis
Jim Oberweis.jpg
Illinois State Senate District 25
In office
2013 - Present
Term ends
January 11, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMarmion Military Academy
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
Master'sUniversity of Chicago
Date of birthJune 10, 1946
Place of birthAurora, IL
ProfessionChairman, Oberweis Dairy
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Jim Oberweis is a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Oberweis decided to run for Senate in the 2014 general election against Richard Durbin. He was defeated by incumbent Richard Durbin (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[1] He defeated Doug Truax in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[2]


Oberweis earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and his M.B.A from the University Of Chicago Graduate School of Business.[3]

His professional experience includes working as a teacher at Waldo Junior High School and as a mutual fund manager.[3]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Oberweis served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations II
Local Government
State Government & Veterans Affairs


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Oberweis served on the following committees:



Wife votes in Florida

When asked in November 2013 about his wife voting from Florida, Oberweis answered that his wife lives there six months out of the year.[4]

“Why is she registered in Florida? Maybe you want to ask her. She’s a grown woman, she makes her own decisions but I think the key is before I was elected to the state Senate, we started spending a lot of time in Florida. I went back and forth quite often, she stayed in Florida,” Oberweis said. “I’ve been in the state Senate every day the Senate has been in session.”[4]

Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Oberweis detailed three main issues:[5]

  • Term Limits:
Excerpt: "In order to return to our Founding Fathers’ original notion of a citizen legislature, I support term limits for all members of the Illinois General Assembly. I believe individual state Representatives should be limited to serving a maximum of four two-year terms, and I believe individual state Senators should be limited to serving two four-year terms."
  • Taxes and Spending:
Excerpt: "Massive overspending and over-borrowing by the state government isn’t important just because it fuels higher taxes, it’s important because it crowds out private investment and makes it difficult for job creators to do their thing."
  • More and Better Jobs:
Excerpt: "We must reform our tax code; repeal the job-killing tax hikes on personal and corporate income, death taxes, and business losses enacted by the lame duck legislature; reform our workmen’s compensation system to bring it in line with our neighboring states; and continue to reform our tort laws if we want businesses once again to invest capital to grow jobs in Illinois."



See also: United States Senate elections in Illinois, 2014

Oberweis' November 22, 2013, U.S. Senate announcement

Oberweis was a 2014 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois.[4] He defeated Doug Truax in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[2] The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Durbin Incumbent 53.5% 1,929,637
     Republican Jim Oberweis 42.7% 1,538,522
     Libertarian Sharon Hansen 3.8% 135,316
Total Votes 3,603,475
Source: Illinois Secretary of State Official Results

Oberweis officially announced his candidacy in a video detailing his history as a candidate on November 22, 2013.[4]

“Some people are going to want to talk about my mistakes as a candidate over the last 10 years,” Oberweis says to the camera. “I made statements and commercials that I regretted and I’ve said so.”[4]

“I believe I understand what motivates entrepreneurs and businessmen,” Oberweis said of his candidacy. “My opponent, Mr. Durbin, is a career politician who’s been in Washington for 31 years, that’s just way too long. I made a decision about 30 days ago to go forward and circulate petitions … But clearly, Obamacare is a symptom of the mess we have going on in Washington D.C.”[4]

U.S. Senate, Illinois Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Oberweis 56.1% 423,097
Doug Truax 43.9% 331,237
Sherry Procarione (Write-in) 0% 54
Total Votes 754,388
Source: Illinois State Board of Elections


See also: Illinois State Senate elections, 2012

Oberweis won election in the 2012 election for Illinois State Senate District 25. Oberweis defeated Dave Richmond and Richard Slocum in the March 20 Republican primary and defeated Corinne Pierog (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012. Incumbent Chris Lauzen (R) did not run for re-election in District 25.[6][7][8]

Illinois State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Oberweis 57.5% 51,527
     Democratic Corinne Pierog 42.5% 38,061
Total Votes 89,588
Illinois State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Oberweis 49.3% 10,871
Dave Richmond 30.1% 6,629
Richard Slocum 20.6% 4,532
Total Votes 22,032

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Oberweis is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Oberweis raised a total of $4,259,288 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 17, 2013.[9]

Jim Oberweis's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State Senate, District 25 Won $437,888
2006 Illinois Governor Defeated $3,821,400
Grand Total Raised $4,259,288


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Oberweis' reports.[10]

Jim Oberweis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year End[11]January 31, 2014$0$605,090$(15,466)$589,623
Pre-Primary[12]March 7, 2014$589,623$103,539$(146,401)$546,760
April Quarterly[13]April 15, 2014$546,760$49,068$(122,748)$473,081
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$473,081$676,578$(287,526)$862,132
Running totals


Oberweis won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Oberweis raised a total of $437,888.


Oberweis lost the election for the Governor of Illinois in 2006. During that election cycle, Oberweis raised a total of $3,821,400.


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In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[15]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[16]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.


Oberweis and his wife, Julie, have five children.[3]

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Preceded by
Chris Lauzen (R)
Illinois Senate District 23
Succeeded by