Bob Kjellander of Springfield, Illinois has spent a lifetime involved in Republican politics, both at the state and national level. He worked in Governor Jim Thompson's legislative liaison office in 1977, and in 1978 moved to the governor's personnel office, where he managed patronage appointments. Two years later he became head of Gov. Thompson’s legislative liaison office. In late 1981 the governor asked him to run his 1982 gubernatorial campaign, with former Senator Adlai Stevenson III as Thompson’s Democratic opponent. He then left the Thompson administration and began a consulting business, but remained active in Republican politics as a fund raiser and supporter. Since 1998 he has managed George W. Bush's Midwest campaign for president in 2000, served as Republican National Committee treasurer from 2005 to 2007, and served as co-chair for the Republican National Convention in 2008.