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
PredecessorPat Quinn (D)
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)
Office website
Campaign website
Sheila Simon, (b. March 13, 1961) is the 46th and current Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. A Democrat, she was first elected to the office on November 2, 2010 on a ticket with former Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn.[1]

Simon only joined the 2010 gubernatorial ticket after Scott Lee Cohen, who won the Democratic primary, withdrew amid allegations of domestic abuse, steroid use and failure to pay child support. The Illinois Democratic State Central Committee then chose Simon for the ticket over state Rep. Art Turner, who had come in second to Cohen in the primary.[2]

Early in 2013, Simon said she would not run for re-election as Lt. Governor in 2014, but would seek another office instead. While she has not said what that office will be, it is believed Simon may be interested in the state's attorney general post, which would be vacant if current AG Lisa Madigan (D) runs for governor as she is expected to.[3]

Born into a political family, her father, Paul Simon, was a U.S. Senator and also served as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, and her mother, Jeanne Hurley Simon, was a state representative.


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.[4]

Simon is the daughter of former Senator Paul Simon.[5]


  • 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.[5]

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

Proposal to eliminate lt. governor office

On April 11, 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor by constitutional amendment. In order for the measure to be passed, it must win approval of both the State Senate and Illinois voters. If the proposal is approved in a statewide public vote, the office will remain intact for one final term following the 2014 election.[6]

Carbondale City Council (2003-2007)



See also: Illinois state executive official elections, 2014

Simon announced in February 2013 she would not run for re-election as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2014 but rather seek a new office that would allow her to have a "greater impact." However, she did not name what that office would be.[7]


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 (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
January 10, 2011 - Present
Succeeded by