New editions of the State Legislative Tracker and The Policy Tracker available now!

Jim Ryan

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 16:05, 23 July 2013 by Margaret Koenig (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
The information about this individual is current as of when his or her last campaign ended. See anything that needs updating? Send a correction to our editors
Jim Ryan
Placeholder image.png
Do you have a photo that could go here? Submit it for this profile by emailing us!
Former candidate for
Governor of Illinois
In office
Jim Ryan (b. February 21, 1946) is a Republican politician, a lawyer, and an academic. He served as the Attorney General for the state of Illinois from 1995-2002. Ryan unsuccessfully ran for Governor of Illinois on the Republican ticket in 2002, losing to Rod Blagojevich. Ryan became a Distinguished Fellow at Benedictine University in 2003.

On November 3, 2009, Jim Ryan announced his candidacy for the 2010 Illinois gubernatorial election.[1] He lost in the primary election, coming in fourth.


  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1971
  • BA, Political Science, Illinois Benedictine College, 1968.


From 1974 to 1974, Jim Ryan was a prosecutor for DuPage County, Illinois. In 1974 Ryan became Assistant State's Attorney, a post he held through 1976, when we went into private practice.

In 1984 Jim Ryan was elected to his first statewide .public office as Attorney General and State’s Attorney of DuPage County, serving through 1995. In 1995 he ran for and was elected as the Illinois Attorney General.

As Attorney General

Ryan served as Illinois Attorney General for two terms, from 1995-2002. In 1996 during his first term in office, Ryan notably accepted a $9.1 Billion settlement in a suit against the tobacco industry. It was the largest such settlement in the history of the state. When Ryan ran for re-election, every newspaper in the state endorsed him, a feat nearly repeated in his 2002 gubernatorial bid.

In 2000, Ryan initiated a "sting" operation which targeted gun buyers and sellers across the nation. The ultimately unsuccessful program caused a rift between candidate Ryan and some of the conservative base in 2002, and again in 2010.[2]



In December of 2009, Rasmussen reported that Jim Ryan was leading incumbent Governor Pat Quinn and within two points of Illinois comptroller Dan Hynes.[3]

2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary [4]
Candidates Percentage
Adam Andrzekewski (R) 14.5%
Green check mark.jpg Bill Brady (R) 20.3%
Kirk Dillard (R) 20.2%
Andy McKenna (R) 19.3%
Dan Proft (R) 7.7%
Jim Ryan (R) 17.0%
Robert Schillerstorm (R) 1.0%
Total votes 767,485

See also

External links

Suggest a link

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from April 12, 2010.