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Bruce Rauner

  • American businessman

Bruce Vincent Rauner (; born February 18, 1956) is an American businessman, philanthropist, and politician who served as the 42nd governor of Illinois, from 2015 to 2019. Prior to his election, he was the chairman of R8 Capital Partners and chairman of the private equity firm GTCR, based in Chicago. He was the Republican nominee in the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial election and defeated Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn by 50.3% to 46.4%. Rauner was defeated in the 2018 gubernatorial election by Democratic challenger J.


I have my strong views and opinions. I really want to transform Illinois government because this state is failing the taxpayers and the children.




Our government works should be treated fairly and appropriately; they should have a decent retirement, but not a gold-plated system where they can retire multimillionaires in their 50s.




I'm a big outdoorsman... I'm a big hunter. Avid fisherman. Hiker. Climber. Scuba diver. Skier. Love the outdoors.




I'm a pretty disciplined investor and pretty disciplined buyer. I do my due diligence. I do my homework. I don't waste money.




Mitch Daniels in Indiana was the best governor in America for eight years. I've gone to Indianapolis to study with him.




I've been very engaged in Illinois and Chicago civic activities for a long time; mostly around building businesses and helping entrepreneurs grow companies, but also around education and education reform.




Being a successful CEO, where I've driven a bottom line, assembled teams, driven results, that's a critical benefit to running the state government.




I've completely lost faith in the Democratic Party to truly serve the disadvantaged.




I don't have a Rolls. I don't have a jet. That's not me.




I'm a lover of fairs and corn dogs.




A C.E.O.'s job is leadership, problem solving, and team building. I've done that my whole career.



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