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 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryMarch 18, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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.

He was a 2014 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois.[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


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

When asked in November 2013 about his wife voting from Florida, Oberweis answered that his wife lives there six months out of the year.[1]

“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.”[1]

Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Oberweis detailed three main issues:[4]

  • 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 is a 2014 Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois.[1] He defeated Doug Truax in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[2] The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

Oberweis officially announced his candidacy in a video detailing his history as a candidate on November 22, 2013.[1]

“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.”[1]

“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.”[1]

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.[5][6][7]

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.[8]

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.
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


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.[3]

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Chris Lauzen (R)
Illinois Senate District 23
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