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Jesse White
Jesse White 2011.jpg
White in 2011
37th Secretary of State of Illinois
Assumed office
January 11, 1999
Governor George Ryan(1999-2003)
Rod Blagojevich(2003-2009)
Pat Quinn (since 2009)
Preceded by George Ryan
Personal details
Born June 23, 1934 (1934-06-23) (age 86)
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 second-longest serving Secretary of State of Illinois, after James A. Rose, 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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