Governor JB Pritzker
Governor JB Pritzker has spent his life standing up for social and economic justice and expanding opportunity in communities across Illinois.
A national leader in early childhood education for over 20 years, Governor Pritzker expanded childcare and preschool in Illinois to tens of thousands of at-risk children, and in 2014 was asked by President Obama to organize the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education. He partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Share our Strength to expand school breakfast to children across Illinois who live in poverty.
Governor Pritzker founded 1871, the non-profit small business incubator in Chicago that has helped entrepreneurs create more than 11,000 jobs and more than 1,000 new companies. Since the creation of 1871, Chicago has been named one of the top ten technology startup hubs in the world, and 1871 was named the best incubator in the world. As governor, he has cut taxes for hundreds of thousands of small businesses and incentivized job creation and innovation.
The descendant of Jewish refugees, Governor Pritzker believes our state and our nation should welcome and protect its immigrants, and he believes we must fight against the wave of intolerance that has risen in recent years. Before becoming governor, he led the creation of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a nationally recognized institution where hundreds if thousands of students, teachers, police officers and others learn to fight bigotry and hatred. And as governor, he has built the most diverse cabinet and governor’s office in Illinois history.
Governor Pritzker and First Lady MK Pritzker, have been married for more than a quarter century, and they are the proud parents of two children.