|Running for U.S. Senate, Illinois|
|General election||November 4, 2014|
|Illinois State Senate District 25|
|2013 - Present|
|January 11, 2017|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|High school||Marmion Military Academy|
|Bachelor's||University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana|
|Master's||University of Chicago|
|Birthday||June 10, 1946|
|Place of birth||Aurora, IL|
|Profession||Chairman, Oberweis Dairy|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Scorecards
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
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. He defeated Doug Truax in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.
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.
His professional experience includes working as a teacher at Waldo Junior High School and as a mutual fund manager.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Oberweis served on the following committees:
|Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Appropriations I|
|• Committee of the Whole|
|• Labor and Commerce|
|• Local Government|
|• Public Health|
|• Legislative Audit Commission|
Wife votes in Florida
“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.”
On his campaign website, Oberweis detailed three main issues:
- 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."
Oberweis' November 22, 2013, U.S. Senate announcement
|U.S. Senate, Illinois General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Richard Durbin Incumbent||53.5%||1,929,637|
|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.
“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.”
“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.”
|U.S. Senate, Illinois Republican Primary, 2014|
|Sherry Procarione (Write-in)||0%||54|
|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.
|Illinois State Senate, District 25, General Election, 2012|
|Illinois State Senate, District 25 Republican Primary, 2012|
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.
|Jim Oberweis's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Illinois State Senate, District 25||$437,888|
|Grand Total Raised||$4,259,288|
|Jim Oberweis (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Year End||January 31, 2014||$0||$605,090||$(15,466)||$589,623|
|Pre-Primary||March 7, 2014||$589,623||$103,539||$(146,401)||$546,760|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$546,760||$49,068||$(122,748)||$473,081|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$473,081||$676,578||$(287,526)||$862,132|
2012Oberweis won election to the Illinois State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Oberweis raised a total of $437,888.
|Illinois State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Oberweis's campaign in 2012|
|Davis Sr, J R||$12,500|
|Rich, Jerome A||$10,000|
|The Pepper Companies||$10,000|
|Ozinga III, Martin||$10,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$437,888|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2006Oberweis lost the election for the Governor of Illinois in 2006. During that election cycle, Oberweis raised a total of $3,821,400.
|Governor of Illinois 2006 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jim Oberweis's campaign in 2006|
|Family Taxpayers Network||$342,700|
|Total Raised in 2006||$3,821,400|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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Oberweis and his wife, Julie, have five children.
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- Politico, "Senate Election Results," accessed November 12, 2014
- Associated Press, "March 18, 2014, Primary Results," accessed March 18, 2014
- Jim Oberweis for State Senate, "About," accessed January 4, 2011
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- Jim Oberweis for State Senate, "Solutions," accessed January 4, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed December 31, 2012
- followthemoney.org, "Oberweis, Jim," accessed July 17, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Jim Oberweis 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 14, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed May 14, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed May 14, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 14, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 16, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
Chris Lauzen (R)
|Illinois Senate District 23
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