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|President of the Illinois Senate|
January 14, 2009
|Preceded by||Emil Jones|
|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 6th district
January 31, 1991
|Preceded by||Dawn Clark Netsch|
|Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 7th district
January 10, 1979 – January 31, 1991
|Succeeded by||Ann Stepan|
October 28, 1948 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Loyola University Chicago|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1970–1976|
|Unit||Illinois National Guard|
Cullerton is a native of Chicago. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University of Chicago, where he also earned his law degree. After graduating from law school, Cullerton served as a Chicago Assistant Public Defender. He went on to work at the law firm of Fagel and Haber.
In 1979, he was elected to the Illinois General Assembly where he served for twelve years as a member of the House of Representatives. He served as Democratic Floor Leader. According to Cullerton's campaign website, he sponsored the most bills and had the most bills passed of all legislators in the 93rd and 94th General Assemblies.
After being appointed to fill Dawn Clark Netsch's seat in 1991, Cullerton was elected to the state senate in 1992 where he was appointed Senate Majority Caucus Whip. Cullerton has been recognized for sponsoring more bills than any other legislator and having more signed into law by the governor.
His first legislative priority as senate president was to pass the first Capital Bill in 10 years, which allocated roughly $31 billion for public works projects and created tens of thousands of jobs in Illinois Public Act 096-0036 . Cullerton led the senate during the impeachment trial, and subsequent removal, of former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Cullerton serves part-time as an Illinois state senator. Fagel Haber merged with Thompson Coburn LLP in 2007, and Cullerton continues as a partner  practicing in the areas of government relations, zoning, licensing, real estate tax assessment, and nonprofit law.
Cullerton and his wife, Pam, have five children together: Maggie, John III, Garritt, Kyle, Josephine.
In 1979, he was elected "Mr. Wonderful", of the Illinois General Assembly in a competition among 17 legislators in a competition for charity sponsored by the Conference of Women Legislators.
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- Firm Profile.
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- Rick Pearson and Ray Long Cullerton to lead Senate Chicago Tribune, November 20, 2008
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- Thompson Coburn Attorney Profile.
- Transcript of Cullerton's Inaugural Speech, January 2008
- Brodmann, Ron and John Kennedy (1979-06-26). "In a sudden break with routine on his nine-day vi". The Washington Post (Newsbank).
- McKinney, Dave (2009-10-17). "State Sen. DeLeo shown sponsoring widow of mob associate". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-10-19.
- Biography, bills and committees at the 98th Illinois General Assembly
- Illinois Senate President John Cullerton legislative website
- Senate President John J. Cullerton at Illinois Senate Democrats
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Collected news and commentary at the Chicago Tribune
|President of the Illinois Senate