Jim Oberweis

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Jim Oberweis
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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 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
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 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.[1]

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes

On his campaign website, Oberweis details three main issues:[2]

  • 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: 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.[3][4][5]

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

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.[6]

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


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.


Oberweis and his wife, Julie, have five children.[1]

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