Jim Oberweis has served in the Illinois
Senate since January 2013.
He serves as Republican Spokesperson for the
Labor Committee, which examines legislation affecting business and labor
communities and impacting the state’s economy, jobs and trade. He is also a member of the
Appropriations II, Environment and Conservation, Executive, Human Services, and
The 25th District Senator has also been asked to continue serving on the Legislative Audit Commission, which is responsible for the oversight of the State Audit Program, review of the stewardship of public funds, and the monitoring action to correct weaknesses disclosed by the audits of state agencies.
Jim is a successful entrepreneur, family
man, and common-sense conservative. He is
an entrepreneur with a proven track record of job and wealth creation. Over the course of his four- decade career as
a small-businessman, he’s helped create thousands of jobs right here
in Illinois. He knows firsthand how
high taxes and burdensome regulations can prevent businesses from expanding and
creating the new jobs we need, and he is committed to reforming Illinois government
to help create a more growth-friendly environment.
A resident of Sugar Grove, Jim is a native
and lifelong resident of the Fox Valley. He graduated from Marmion Military Academy
before going on to earn a B.A. from the University of Illinois at
Champaign-Urbana and, later, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago
Graduate School of Business.
After graduating from the University of Illinois,
he took his first job as a math and science teacher at Waldo Junior
High School in Aurora. Soon
thereafter, he launched a career in the financial services industry, eventually
launching three no-load mutual funds. Today,
Oberweis Asset Management manages approximately $3 billion in growth stock
Jim also serves as the Chairman of Oberweis Dairy, a business
founded by Jim’s grandfather, Peter, who began delivering milk to
his Aurora neighbors in 1915. Thirty
years ago, Jim purchased the family business and developed and implemented a
successful strategy for growth. Under
Jim’s leadership, the Dairy has grown from a small home delivery company with
one ice cream store and 50 employees, to 40 ice cream stores and four TBJ
stores with more than 1,200 employees. During
that time frame, annual sales have increased more than fifteen-fold.
In both of these entrepreneurial ventures, Jim has learned
first-hand the joys and struggles of the small-business owner, as he has gone
about creating jobs, growing the economy, and ensuring that expenses don’t run
ahead of revenues.
Jim’s life experiences have led him to be a
common-sense conservative: pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, pro-tax cut,
pro-spending cut, and pro-growth. Jim
believes we must secure our borders and end illegal immigration. He is determined to cut the special-interest
pork and end wasteful government spending, and will stand up for traditional
Jim is well-known for his philanthropic endeavors. More than two decades ago, he established the
Oberweis Foundation as a charitable trust created to help children and adults
in difficult economic circumstances, such as those served
by Hesed House, Project Hood, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank, on
whose Board of Directors Jim serves.
In addition, Jim serves as a member of the Board of Directors
of The Oberweis Funds and formerly served on the board of
Colborne Foodbotics and as Chairman of the Board of Diamond Marketing
Jim is married, and his wife Julie works
with him at Oberweis Dairy. He has five
adult children, two stepchildren, and 20 grandchildren, most of whom call