Pat Quinn



Pat Quinn succeeded disgraced Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich after his impeachment and then won a full term of his own in 2010. He lost a bid for re-election in 2014, and ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2018.

When Quinn took became governor, he worked to create jobs and get the state budget back on track. Quinn signed into law important consumer protections and the strongest ethics laws in state history. Quinn worked to pass and signed laws expanding voting rights in Illinois.

Quinn has a degree in international economics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He has lived on Chicago’s west side for more than 30 years.


Ran for:
Governor of Illinois


Status: Lost general election in 2014