Jason Plummer

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Jason Plummer
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 12
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Naval Reserves
Campaign website
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Jason Plummer was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 12th Congressional District of Illinois.

Plummer is a Republican leader and business executive, who was his party's nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2010. Previously, he served as the Chairman of the Madison County Republican Party. He is the Vice President for Corporate Development for R.P. Lumber, a family-owned company.


Plummer is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.[1] While a student, he started a wireless internet company, to provide broadband access to rural communities in downstate Illinois.


Plummer has interned for Senator Peter Fitzgerald and for the Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He is an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves.[1] He is also the Vice President for Corporate Development for R.P. Lumber, a family-owned company.[1]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website Plummer had 10 leading issues that he was concerned about. They were:[2]

  • Jobs: Excerpt: "We need elected officials who understand how the economy works and how public policy impacts businesses and workers. We must create an environment where job creators are willing to take risks, businesses want to expand, and hardworking people can find quality jobs."
  • Taxes: "The last thing the U.S. economy can afford is an increase in tax rates to further limit economic growth, which in effect will further cripple our ability to create new jobs. We need comprehensive tax reform that eliminates deductions for special interests and big corporations while small businesses and working people carry the burden. Our tax code should be simple, transparent, and most of all – fair."
  • Spending: Excerpt: "We need real cuts in government spending and that's why I support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. We need leaders in Washington to make the tough decisions we elect them to make if we are going to solve our financial crisis."
  • ObamaCare: Excerpt: "We must repeal ObamaCare and find reforms that keep the decision-making power with families and doctors, while reinvesting in research and development so that we can continue to improve the quality of care we receive."
  • Tort Reform: "One of the single most important things we can do to grow our economy is end frivolous lawsuits. Businesses, workers, and doctors are being devastated by predatory litigation that is hurting our ability to grow businesses and create jobs. In order to improve healthcare and make our businesses and workers more competitive we need tort reform. Our quality of life will improve when we have an environment in which doctors and businesses feel that they have a fair shake and that they operate in a region conducive to growth and opportunity."
  • Energy and Agriculture: Excerpt: "I will work to help rebuild our energy and agriculture industries in southern Illinois. We must create more quality jobs and bring back the many jobs that have left the area. Working to make it easier for these industries to thrive in the 12th District will help provide for local families and make our nation stronger."
  • Military: "I am proud to serve as an Intelligence Officer in the Navy Reserves. We have the greatest military in the world and the 12th District is home to one of the largest, most important military installations in the world, Scott Air Force Base. I serve at Scott Air Force Base and I know how critical it is to our nation's military and to our region, as an economic engine with a $3 Billion annual impact. I will work hard to make sure that Scott Air Force Base continues to grow and that it will always be a critical factor in both our national defense and the local economy."
  • Labor: Excerpt: "We need leaders who will work to protect our jobs by creating an environment that is conducive to job creation and business expansion. We must foster opportunities for qualified workers to find stable jobs that allow them to provide for their families. Our double-digit unemployment rate is unacceptable and I will fight to make sure that every man and woman in the 12th District that wants a quality job can find a quality job."
  • 2nd Amendment: Excerpt: "Our right to bear arms is a constitutionally guaranteed right and one that must be vigorously defended. There will be no stronger supporter in Congress when it comes to gun owners' rights. I will fight to protect citizens from government overreach and I will work to expand right-to-carry laws. I am proud to have been endorsed by the NRA and ISRA in 2010 and proud to be a member of the oldest continuously operating gun club in the United States."
  • Culture: "As a Christian, I am disturbed by the way elected officials and courts often try to circumvent the majority and neglect the traditional values of our great nation. I am pro-life. I believe we should work to protect the most vulnerable in our society. I believe marriage should be between a man and a woman. I believe that our courts should not dictate public policy or pervert laws and legislation. I believe we need leaders of strong moral fiber to keep America the greatest nation on earth. I am proud to have been endorsed by Illinois Federation for Right to Life, Eagle Forum, and numerous other pro-family and traditional values organizations in 2010."



See also: Illinois' 12th Congressional District elections, 2012

Plummer lost to Democrat William Enyart in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 12th District.[3] Plummer ran as a Republican.[4]

Brad Harriman defeated candidates Chris Miller and Kenneth Wiezer in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[5] Plummer defeated candidates Rodger Cook and Theresa Kormos in the Republican primary.[5] Plummer was defeated by William Enyart (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Enyart 51.7% 157,000
     Republican Jason Plummer 42.7% 129,902
     Green Paula Bradshaw 5.6% 17,045
Total Votes 303,947
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Illinois District 12 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJason Plummer 55.7% 25,280
Rodger Cook 35.9% 16,313
Theresa Kormos 8.4% 3,811
Total Votes 45,404


See also: Illinois lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

In the February 2, 2010, primary for Lieutenant Governor, Plummer finished first among six candidates, narrowly ahead of state Senator Matt Murphy. In the general election, he ran on a ticket with state Senator Bill Brady.

Plummer faced Sheila Simon (D), Don W. Crawford (G), Ed Rutledge (L) and Baxter B. Swilley (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010. Simon won the election.


District 12 Representative Election
Poll William Enyart Jason PlummerUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
"District 11 Poll" September 11-13
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Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Plummer's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Plummer lost election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Plummer's campaign committee raised a total of $1,350,428 and spent $1,346,211.[6]


Plummer is a member of First Baptist Church of Maryville where, in his spare time, he coaches youth sports.[1]

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