Sheila Simon

American politician and educator

Sheila J. Simon (born March 13, 1961) is an American politician and educator who was the 46th Lieutenant Governor of the state of Illinois.[1]

Sheila Simon
46th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 12, 2015
GovernorPat Quinn
Preceded byPat Quinn
Succeeded byEvelyn Sanguinetti
Member of the Carbondale City Council
In office
Personal details
Born (1961-03-13) March 13, 1961 (age 63)
Springfield, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic
Perry Knop (m. 1987)
ResidenceCarbondale, Illinois
Alma materGeorgetown Law School

She was a Professor of Law at the Southern Illinois University School of Law. Simon is the daughter of former U.S. Senator Paul Simon, who had previously served as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (1969-1973), and his first wife, former Illinois State Representative Jeanne Hurley Simon.

On September 7, 2015, Simon announced her candidacy for the Illinois Senate. Simon was defeated by her Republican opponent Paul Schimpf.[2]

Simon was born on March 31, 1961 in Springfield, Illinois. She studied at Georgetown Law School. Simon has been married to Perry Knop since 1987. They have two children. She lives in Carbondale, Illinois.


  1. Guzzardi, Will (2010-03-30). "Sheila Simon: Learning About The Democrats' New Lieutenant Governor Nominee". Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  2. Hancock, Amanda (2015-09-08). "Sheila Simon announces bid for Illinois State Senate". The Southern. Retrieved 2015-09-08.

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