John Mulroe

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John G. Mulroe
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 10th district
Assumed office
August 2010
Preceded byJames DeLeo
Personal details
Born (1959-07-21) July 21, 1959 (age 59)
Chicago, Illinois[1]
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materLoyola University
ProfessionAttorney, accountant
WebsiteCampaign Site

John G. Mulroe (born July 21, 1959) is a Democratic state senator and lawyer from Chicago, Illinois, he represents the 10th Illinois State Senate District. He was appointed to complete the term of Democrat James DeLeo in August 2010 and elected to a full term in the Illinois State Senate in November 2010.

It was announced on June 13, 2019, that Mulroe had been appointed a judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.[3]

Political career[edit]

2008 judicial election[edit]

John G. Mulroe is the president of the 41st Ward Democratic Organization and ran unsuccessfully in the 2008 Democratic primary for a judicial seat in Subcircuit No. 10 of the Cook County Circuit Court.[4] In that election Mulroe finished second to Diana L. Kenworthy. Out of more than 42,000 ballots cast for the seat on the 10th Subcircuit, Mulroe received 16,513 votes (38.42%) to Kenworthy's 17,914 (41.68%).[5] A third candidate, Rosaire Marie Hall, garnered 19.91% with 8556 votes.[5] Kenworthy went on to win the general election.[6]

2010 Illinois State Senate election[edit]

Mulroe was the 2010 Democratic candidate for the Illinois State Senate in the 10th State Senate District, a seat formerly held by retired Democrat James DeLeo, a 25-year veteran of the state legislature.[7] He won the Democratic primary on February 2, 2010 against three other Democratic candidates,[7][8] collecting a total of 10,036 votes.[9] Those votes amounted to 42.5% of total votes cast.[9] The other candidates collected 57.5% of the total; Tom Ryan had 24.5%, Mary Sendra Anselmo had 22.3% and Wanda Majcher finished with 10.7%.[9] DeLeo chose to leave office in August 2010 and Democratic candidate John G. Mulroe was appointed to complete the remainder of his term. Mulroe ran for a full term in the November 2010 general election.[10]

Prior to his appointment to office, Mulroe's primary victory set up a general election contest with Chicago's only Republican alderman, Brian Doherty.[8] During the primary election Mulroe received the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune's editorial board over the three other Democratic candidates.[8] He also received numerous other endorsements from newspapers, unions and elected officials.[2]

Mulroe won election to a full term in the Illinois State Senate on November 2, 2010.[11] His opponent, Doherty, conceded the election shortly after 9 p.m. on election night.[11] As of November 5, 2010 Mulroe had collected 29,357 votes, 55.4% of the total, topping Doherty's 23,611 votes, 44.6% of the total votes cast.[12]

Electoral history[edit]

2008 Democratic primary results - Judge, 10th Cook County Subcircuit[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Diana L. Kenworthy 17,914 41.68
Democratic John G. Mulroe 16,513 38.42
Democratic Rosaire Marie Hall 8,556 19.91
Total votes 42,983 100
2010 Democratic primary results - State senator, 10th district[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John G. Mulroe 9,453 43.28
Democratic Thomas M. Ryan 5,290 24.22
Democratic Mary Sendra Anselmo 4,820 22.07
Democratic Wanda Majcher 2,281 10.44
Total votes 21,844 100
2010 General election results - State senator, 10th district[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John G. Mulroe 29,357 55.4
Republican Brian G. Doherty 23,611 44.6
Total votes 52,968 100

Personal life[edit]

Mulroe is a 1977 graduate of St. Patrick High School in Chicago. He has been married to his wife Margaret for more than two decades and they have four children together.[13] He graduated from Loyola University with a BBA in accounting and attended Loyola University Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor.[14] In his professional life Mulroe spent six years as an assistant state's attorney and more than a decade in private practice.[13]


  1. ^ Mulroe staff. "Senator John Mulroe Bio Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine", Illinois Senate Democrats, August 16, 2010, accessed November 7, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Bertuca, Tony. "Mulroe advances in bid to replace DeLeo", Niles Herald-Spectator, February 2, 2010, accessed June 23, 2010.
  3. ^ Miller, Rich (June 13, 2019). "Sen. Mulroe heads to the judiciary". Capitol Fax. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  4. ^ Schmidt, Alan. "Four Dems vie for DeLeo seat in 10th State Senate District", Edison-Norwood Times Review, December 24, 2009, accessed June 23, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c d "February 2008 Democratic Party Primary -- Judge, 10th Subcircuit (Vacancy of Morrissey) Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine", Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago, accessed June 24, 2010.
  6. ^ "Illinois Circuit Court Judges by Circuit", Illinois Courts, accessed June 24, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Illinois legislative races set up fall showdown Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine", Associated Press, via (St. Louis), February 3, 2010, accessed June 23, 2010.
  8. ^ a b c Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, "For the Illinois Senate", (editorial), Chicago Tribune, January 20, 2010, accessed June 23, 2010.
  9. ^ a b c Stewart, Russ. "No Love Lost Among State Senate Rivals", Chicago Daily Observer, March 11, 2010, accessed June 23, 2010.
  10. ^ "John Mulroe: NewestMember of the Illinois State Senate Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine", (Press release), Illinois Senate Democrats, August 16, 2010.
  11. ^ a b Butler, Patrick. "Mulroe wins 10th state senate seat", Edison-Norwood Times Review, November 2, 2010, accessed November 7, 2010.
  12. ^ a b "Live election results Archived 2010-11-12 at the Wayback Machine", Chicago Tribune, updated November 5, 2010, accessed November 7, 2010.
  13. ^ a b "Keeping Up With the Shamrocks[permanent dead link]" (PDF), St. Patrick Today, Winter 2008, accessed June 23, 2010.
  14. ^ "Editorial board endorsements - John G. Mulroe - Responses to our questionnaire", Chicago Tribune, March 14, 2010, accessed June 24, 2010.

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