John Tree

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John Tree
John Tree.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 10
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force Reserve
ProfessionColonel in Air Force Reserve and Businessman
Campaign website
John Tree campaign logo
John Tree was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 10th Congressional District of Illinois. Tree was defeated by Brad Schneider in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1]



  • United States Air Force Academy
  • MBA from Chaminade University in Hawaii
  • Masters in Economics from the University of Oklahoma.


  • 1994-1997: Chief of West Mediterranean Logistics for the 16th Air Force at Aviano Air Base, Italy[2]
  • Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve[2]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website Tree has 11 leading issues that he is concerned about. They are:[3]

  • Win-Win Jobs Agenda
  • A Woman’s Right To Choose
  • Health Care
  • Israel
  • Organized Labor
  • Senior Citizens
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Veterans
  • Gun Control
  • LGBT Discrimination



See also: Illinois' 10th Congressional District elections, 2012

Tree ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 10th District. Tree sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.[4] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Robert Dold is seeking re-election on the Republican ticket.

Tree and candidates Vivek Bavda and Ilya Sheyman were defeated by Brad Schneider in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1] Incumbent Robert Dold ran unopposed in the Republican primary.[1] Dold and Schneider will face off in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois District 10 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrad Schneider 46.9% 15,530
Ilya Sheyman 38.6% 12,767
John Tree 8.9% 2,938
Vivek Bavda 5.7% 1,881
Total Votes 33,116


Tree is married to Michelle Tree and they have one child together and are expecting another child in January, 2012. It is a 2nd marriage for both of them, and they each have two children from first marriages who live with them in Long Grove, Illinois. Tree's oldest daughter Stephanie died tragically from an accidental drug overdose in 2011.[5]

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