Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


Bruce Rauner (Republican) was sworn in as the 42nd Governor of Illinois on Jan. 12, 2015.

Governor Rauner’s goal as governor is to create a more prosperous state, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. He will remain focused on delivering value for taxpayers, creating a pro-jobs economic climate, ensuring world-class schools and educational options for every Illinoisan, and bringing greater accountability to state government.

Rauner was born in Illinois and is a self-made businessman who had no inheritance or family wealth. A dedicated and diligent student, he worked while he attended Dartmouth College and graduated with top honors. He went on to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Returning to Illinois in 1981, Rauner began working at then startup investment company Golder, Thoma, Cressey (later GTCR). As one of its earliest partners, Rauner helped build the firm into one of the most successful and respected businesses in Illinois. GTCR has been trusted for decades to oversee the retirement investments of first responders, teachers and other Illinois workers and has created tremendous returns for them – far surpassing the stock market’s performance – providing exceptional value for taxpayers.

Rauner has reinvested much of his success into the state he loves through supporting education, the YMCA, local hospitals and community organizations. His greatest passion is education. The governor and first lady have devoted a tremendous amount of their personal time and resources to improving education throughout the state.

The governor has never let his success change him. He still drives a 20-year-old camper van, wears an $18 watch, and stays in the cheapest hotel room he can find when he’s on the road. He is the proud father of six children – two boys and four girls – and his wife, Diana, is the love of his life. He hunts birds; hikes; loves riding his Harley; enjoys spending time with his dogs, Pumpkin and Stella; and jumps at every opportunity to fish.