Pat Quinn (politician)

American politician: 41st Governor of Illinois

Patrick Joseph "Pat" Quinn III (born December 16, 1948), is an American politician. He was the Governor of Illinois from 2009 to 2015. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was Lieutenant Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009. He lost re-election in 2014 to Bruce Rauner.[1]

Pat Quinn
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41st Governor of Illinois
In office
January 29, 2009 – January 12, 2015
LieutenantNone (2009-2011)
Sheila Simon (2011-2015)
Preceded byRod Blagojevich
Succeeded byBruce Rauner
45th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 13, 2003 – January 29, 2009
GovernorRod Blagojevich
Preceded byCorinne Wood
Succeeded bySheila Simon
Treasurer of Illinois
In office
January 14, 1991 – January 9, 1995
GovernorJim Edgar
Preceded byJerome Cosentino
Succeeded byJudy Baar Topinka
Personal details
Patrick Joseph Quinn III

(1948-12-16) December 16, 1948 (age 74)
Hinsdale, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materGeorgetown University (B.S.)
Northwestern University (J.D.)
ProfessionTax attorney

Early lifeEdit

Quinn was born on December 16, 1948 in Hinsdale, Illinois. He is of Irish descent. He studied at Georgetown University and at Northwestern University.[2]


He became Governor on January 29, 2009 when Rod Blagojevich, the state's earlier Governor, was impeached and thrown out of office. He praised the Illinois General Assembly for Blagojevich's impeachment.[3]

He was elected into office during the 2010 gubernatorial election.[4] He defeated Republican Bill Brady.

As governor he faced severe short-term budget shortfalls and a long-term state debt, all in the context of the worst national economic slump since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Quinn has pushed for spending cuts and tax increases, while trying to raise ethical standards, protect public-sector labor unions, and maintain environmental standards.

In November 2014, Quinn lost his re-election campaign to Republican Bruce Rauner.

On October 27, 2017, Quinn announced his candidacy for Attorney General of Illinois.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

Quinn is divorced and has two sons, Patrick IV and David, born on April 12, 1983, and December 16, 1984, respectively. Quinn was briefly a practicing tax attorney before his career in public office.


  1. "Bruce Rauner ousts Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  2. "Polish-American Awareness Foundation, Inc – Polish-American Awareness Foundation, Inc". Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  3. "Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been removed from office". Chicago Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  4. Mimms, Sarah (January 30, 2009). "GU Alum Replaces Impeached Blagojevich". The Hoya. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
  5. Sneed, Michael (October 27, 2017). "SNEED EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Gov. Pat Quinn to run for state attorney general". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on October 28, 2017. Retrieved October 27, 2017.

Other websitesEdit

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