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Jesse White
Jesse White.jpg
Illinois Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
1999 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorGeorge Ryan (R)
Compensation
Base salary$156,541
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$12,378,359
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives
1975 - 1991
Cook County Recorder of Deeds
1992 - 1998
Education
Bachelor'sAlabama State University (1957)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1957-1959
Personal
BirthdayJune 23, 1934
Place of birthAlton, Illinois
Websites
Office website
Jesse White (born June 23, 1934, in Alton, Illinois) is the current Democratic Illinois Secretary of State. He was first elected to the statewide position in 1998 and was subsequently re-elected in 2002, 2006 and 2010. White is the first African-American to hold this office.[1] White ran for re-election of Secretary of State in 2014 elections.[2]

White launched his career in public office in 1974, when he was first elected to the Illinois State Legislature. He remained there until 1991, after which he won two terms as Recorder of Deeds for Cook County, Illinois.[1]

Before entering politics, White was a professional athlete and coach. His time playing baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization led to his 1995 induction into both the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame and the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. White is also a former military serviceman, spending two years in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.

Biography

White was born in Alton, Illinois. He attended Alabama State University, graduating in 1957 with his bachelor's degree.[1]

Immediately following graduation from Alabama State University in 1957, White entered the United States Army. He served in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army for two years. In 1959, he founded the Jesse White Tumbling Team and played professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization, though he never appeared with the major league franchise. White was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in May 1995 as well as the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame the following month. His alma mater, where he played both baseball and basketball, placed him in their Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.[1]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree - Alabama State University (1957)[1]

Political career

Illinois Secretary of State (1999-present)

White was first elected to the statewide position in 1998 and was subsequently re-elected in 2002, 2006, and 2010. White is the first African-American to hold this office.[1]

Controversies

ACORN/SEIU
See also: Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now
See also: Service Employees International Union

The conservative-aligned Illinois Review posted an article in September 2009 in which it was stated that of the nearly $12 million in campaign contributions embattled liberal organizations ACORN/SEIU had given Illinois political candidates over the years, Illinois State Board of Elections records show that Secretary of State Jesse White had received a grand total of $192,427. [3]

Antoin 'Tony' Rezko

Rezko, a generous contributor, fundraiser, and long time friend to President Barack Obama as well as closely associated with disgraced former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich, was convicted on several counts of fraud and bribery in 2008. The embattled campaign fund-raiser covered his bases on the state level as well. In June 2001, Rezko made a $4,348.17 In-Kind contribution to Citizens for Jesse White. [4]

Cook County Recorder of Deeds (1992-1999)

In 1992, White served as Recorder of Deeds in Cook County, Illinois and was re-elected four years later.[1]

Illinois House of Representatives (1975-1991)

White was first elected to the Illinois State Legislature in 1974, maintaining his position there for the next sixteen years.[1]

Elections

2014

See also Illinois secretary of state election, 2014

White ran for re-election of Secretary of State in 2014 elections.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2010

See also: Illinois Secretary of State election, 2010

White won re-election as Illinois Secretary of State in 2010, defeating Robert Enriquez and Josh Hanson. White was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Illinois Secretary of State, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJesse White Incumbent 69.9% 2,590,222
     Republican Robert Enriquez 27% 1,001,544
     Libertarian Josh Hanson 3.1% 115,458
Total Votes 3,707,224
Election Results Via: Illinois State Board of Elections

2006

White easily won re-election as Illinois Secretary of State in 2006. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Illinois Secretary of State, General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJesse White Incumbent 62.8% 2,204,762
     Republican Dan Rutherford 33% 1,159,363
     Green Karen "Young" Peterson 4.2% 145,724
     Write-In Alaka Waikar 0% 1
Total Votes 3,509,850
Election Results Via: Illinois State Board of Elections

2002

White easily won re-election as Illinois Secretary of State in 2002. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Illinois Secretary of State, General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJesse White Incumbent 67.9% 2,390,181
     Republican Kris O'Rourke Cohn 29.9% 1,051,672
     Libertarian Matt Beauchamp 2.2% 78,830
Total Votes 3,520,683
Election Results Via: Illinois State Board of Elections

1998

White first won election as Illinois Secretary of State in the November 3, 1998 general election.

Illinois Secretary of State, General Election, 1998
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJesse White 55.5% 1,874,626
     Republican Al Salvi 42.5% 1,437,420
     Reform Sandra Millatti 2% 67,696
     Write-In Therese M. Battaglia 0% 229
Total Votes 3,379,971
Election Results Via: Illinois State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for White is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, White raised a total of $12,378,360 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 10, 2013.[5]

Jesse White (Illinois)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois Secretary of State Not up for election $814,943
2010 Illinois Secretary of State Won $1,153,777
2008 Illinois Secretary of State Not up for election $929,674
2006 Illinois Secretary of State Won $2,153,578
2004 Illinois Secretary of State Not up for election $1,282,888
2002 Illinois Secretary of State Won $3,573,044
1998 Illinois Secretary of State Won $2,470,456
Grand Total Raised $12,378,360

1998-2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Jesse White's donors each year.[6] Click [show] for more information.


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Contact Info

Illinois

Capitol Address:
Secretary of State Jesse White
213 State Capitol
Springfield, IL 62756

Phone: (217) 782-2201
Toll Free Phone: (800) 252-8980
Fax: (217) 785-0358

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Preceded by
George Ryan (R)
Illinois Secretary of State
1999–present
Succeeded by
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