Jay Hoffman (politician)

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Jay C. Hoffman
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 113th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2013
Preceded by Thomas Holbrook
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 112th district
In office
October 28, 1997[1] – January 11, 2011
Preceded by Glenn Bradford
Succeeded by Dwight Kay
In office
January 9, 1991 – January 7, 1997
Preceded by Ron Stephens
Succeeded by Glenn Bradford
Personal details
Born (1961-11-06) November 6, 1961 (age 56)
Highland, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Laurie
Children Two
Residence Swansea, Illinois
Alma mater Illinois State University (B.S.)
Saint Louis University (J.D.)
Profession Attorney

Jay C. Hoffman (born November 6, 1961) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 113th district. He previously served from 1991 to 2011, with a nine-month interruption in 1997.

Early life[edit]

Jay was born and raised in Highland, Illinois. After high school, Jay received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Illinois State University, where he was a four-year starter on the Illinois State Redbirds baseball team. He later graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law and began his career in public service as a prosecutor in St. Clair County.[2]

Legislative career[edit]

Jay C. Hoffman was elected to his first term as an Illinois State Representative in November 1990. After just four years in the Illinois General Assembly, Jay was promoted to floor leader for the House Democrats and later became Chairman of the House Transportation and Motor Vehicles Committee, where he served for five terms. Jay also served on the committees of Judicial I (Civil Law), Judicial II (Criminal Law), Labor, Consumer Affairs, Railroad Safety, appropriations committees, and several other committees and task forces. He helped pass the state’s first capital construction plan in more than a decade, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars for new buildings at Illinois State University, University of Illinois, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Jay received for his work in the Illinois General Assembly include the Illinois Hospital Association’s Legislator of the Year award, Outstanding Legislator from the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Association (two years), Illinois Public Transportation Association Legislator of the Year, RCGA Lewis and Clark Statesman Award (six years),[4] St. Louis Children’s Hospital State Advocate of the Year Award, Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Veterans of Illinois, the Appreciation of Dedication to Children of Illinois from the IEA, Cardinal Glennon’s Crystal Wagon Award, IEA-NEA Region 45 Political Excellence Award, Southwestern Illinois Development Authority’s Outstanding Individual of the Year, and the Associated Fire Fighters’ Legislator of the Year Award.[5]

Hope From the Heartland[edit]

Jay has authored a book that provides a blueprint for utilizing the state’s natural resources to create jobs and reduce dependence on foreign oil. “Hope from the Heartland: Jobs, Clean Air, Energy Security” outlines his plan on how the Midwest can lead the nation in research and the production of alternative energy by utilizing the Midwestern states’ natural resources to create jobs in the declining manufacturing sector.[6]

Connection to Blagojevich[edit]

Jay Hoffman has been closely linked to disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich throughout his legislative career. The Madison County Record referred to Rep. Hoffman as "right-hand man and loyal ally" to Rod Blagojevich in 2007.[7] The St Louis Post Dispatch has referred to him as "Gov. Rod Blagojevich's top legislative ally" and the Belleville News-Democrat has called Mr. Hoffman "one of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's staunchest political allies and closest friends". In early 2009 Jay voted in favor of the impeachment of the former Governor.[8]


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