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Jesse White
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37th Secretary of State of Illinois
Assumed office
January 11, 1999
Governor
Preceded by George Ryan
Personal details
Born June 23, 1934 (1934-06-23) (age 87)
Alton, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Alabama State University
Military service
Branch/service United States Army Illinois National Guard
Years of service 1957-1959
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Jesse Clark White (born June 23, 1934) is a Democratic American politician. He is currently the 37th and the longest serving Secretary of State of Illinois and the first African American to hold this position.

Early life

White was born in Alton, Illinois on June 23, 1934. He attended Alabama State University.

As Secretary of State

First elected to Secretary of State of Illinois in 1998, White was re-elected in 2002 by winning all 102 counties and garnering more than 2.3 million votes, the largest vote total by any candidate for Illinois statewide office in a quarter of a century. In 2006, White was re-elected to a third term, having received 63 percent of the vote statewide. White was elected to a fourth term in 2010, the leading vote-getter in the entire state.

Electoral history

  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State of Illinois
    • Jesse White (D) (inc.), 70%
    • Robert Enriquez (R), 27%
  • 2006 Race for Secretary of State of Illinois
  • 2002 Race for Secretary of State of Illinois
    • Jesse White (D) (inc.), 69%
    • Kristine O'Rourke Cohn (R), 29%
  • 1998 Race for Secretary of State of Illinois
    • Jesse White (D), 57%
    • Al Salvi (R), 43%
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