Sheila Simon

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Sheila Simon
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Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 2011
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$135,700
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Carbondale City Council
2003 – 2007
J.D.Georgetown University School of Law (1987)
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Sheila Simon, (b. March 13, 1961 is the current Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. She was first elected to the office in 2010 on a ticket with Pat Quinn.[1]


A lawyer by profession, Simon was a Staff Attorney at the Domestic Violence Clinic at Southern Illinois University from 1998-2000. She was also Prosecutor of Jackson County from 1994-1998, an Attorney with the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation and Faculty Member at the Southern Illinois University School of Law.[2]

Simon is the daughter of former Senator Paul Simon.[3]


  • JD, Georgetown University, 1987

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2010-Present)

Simon was selected by Democratic Party leaders to share a ticket with Gov. Pat Quinn in March 2010. With Quinn's endorsement Simon won the vote of the state's 38 member central committee. Votes had selected Scott Lee Cohen the month before, but Cohen soon resigned due to questions surrounding charges of domestic battery, unpaid child support and steroid usage.[3]

The Quinn/Simon ticket narrowly defeated Republicans Bill Brady and Jason Plummer in the November 2010 general election.

Carbondale City Council (2003-2007)



See also: Illinois lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Simon was elected on a ticket with Pat Quinn. The pair defeated Bill Brady/Jason Plummer (R), Rich Whitney/Don W. Crawford (G), Lex Green/Ed Rutledge (L) and Scott Lee Cohen/Baxter B. Swilley (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[1]

Governor and Lt. Governor of Illinois, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPat Quinn & Sheila Simon Incumbent 46.8% 1,745,219
     Republican Bill Brady & Jason Plummer 45.9% 1,713,385
     Independent Scott Lee Cohen & Baxter Swilley 3.6% 135,705
     Green Rich Whitney & Don Crawford 2.7% 100,756
     Libertarian Lex Green & Ed Ruthledge 0.9% 34,681
     None Write-in 0% 243
Total Votes 3,729,989

Campaign donors

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pat Quinn
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
January 10, 2011 - Present
Succeeded by