Governor

J. B. Pritzker

Jay Robert “J.B.” Pritzker (D) is the 43rd governor of Illinois as well as a billionaire businessman and philanthropist.

Associations:

Illinois Education Association

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action

Chicago Federation of Labor

Human Rights Campaign

party

Democrat

jurisdiction

Illinois

service dates

January 14, 2019 - Present

gender

Male

Personal Moments

1965

Pritzker is born

J.B. Pritzker is born in Atherton, California to Sue and Donald Pritzker and has an older sister and brother.

1986-1987

Pritzker graduates from Duke University

Pritzker graduates from Duke University with a BA in political science.

1992-1993

Pritzker graduates from Northwestern University

Pritzker receives his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.

1993

Pritzker gets married

Pritzker marries his wife, Mary Kathryn "M. K." Muenster, and they have two children together.

2008

Pritzker receives an award for his philanthropy

The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce grants Pritzker an Entrepreneurial Champion award.

2012

Pritzker founds 1871

Pritzker starts the 1871 foundation, a non-profit digital business incubator that assists companies in their early stages with securing funding.

Campaign History

1991

Pritzker helps found the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century

At 26 years old, Pritzker starts an organization dedicated to convincing undecided voters to support the Democratic party.

1998

Pritzker loses the House race for Illinois’ 9th district

Pritzker comes third in an Illinois election for an open seat in the House of Representatives, losing to Jan Schakowsky (D).

2008

Pritzker gets involved with the Clinton campaign

Pritzker acts as national co-chairman for Hillary Clinton’s election bid.

2017

FBI wiretap of Pritzker is published

The Chicago Tribune publishes an FBI wiretap conversation between Pritzerk and then-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) dating back to 2008 in which they discussed campaign contributions and possibilities for Pritzker to be appointed to statewide office.

2019

Pritzker becomes the governor of Illinois

Pritzker defeats Governor Bruce Rauner (R), receiving 54% of the total vote.

2022

Pritzker announces his re-election campaign and wins

Pritzker, as well as his lieutenant governor Juliana Stratton (D), are elected for another term after winning the party nomination in the June Democratic Primary.

Position on Key Issues

Child Welfare and Education

Pritzker is concerned with the lack of funding in state schools at all levels. The 2019-2020 budget awarded $379 million to educational institutions in order to provide funds for the maintenance, repair, and construction of new amenities.

Infrastructure

Pritzker has focused on furthering the development of Illinois state. In June 2019, the governor signed a bi-partisan, $45 billion package designed to provide increased funding for in-state construction projects.

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement

Pritzker’s take on the justice system is that it must be more equitable for all Illinois residents. As a result, he has implemented legislation that will eliminate cash bail by 2023 and track any racial disparities occurring during traffic stops.

Key Issues:

Child Welfare and Education

Infrastructure

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement