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Jim Edgar
Edgar in 2013
38th Governor of Illinois
In office
January 14, 1991 – January 11, 1999
Lieutenant Bob Kustra
Preceded by James R. Thompson
Succeeded by George Ryan
35th Illinois Secretary of State
In office
January 12, 1981 – January 14, 1991
Governor James R. Thompson
Preceded by Alan J. Dixon
Succeeded by George Ryan
Personal details
Born July 22, 1946 (1946-07-22) (age 74)
Vinita, Oklahoma
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Brenda Smith
Alma mater Wabash College
Eastern Illinois University
Profession Politician

James "Jim" Edgar (born July 22, 1946) is an American Republican politician. He was Governor of Illinois from January 1991 through January 1999. He was the Illinois Secretary of State from January 1981 through January 1991.

Edgar was a very popular governor. Even though Illinois is a Democratic state, he won in landslides as a Republican. He retired with high approval ratings.

Edgar was born on July 22, 1946 in Vinita, Oklahoma. He was raised in Charleston, Illinois. Edgar studied at Wabash College and at Eastern Illinois University. He is married to Brenda Smith.

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