Mike Boland (politician)

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Mike Boland
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 71st district
In office
Personal details
Born (1942-08-20) August 20, 1942 (age 74)
Davenport, Iowa
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary
Residence Fishers, Indiana
Profession educator[vague]

Mike Boland is a former Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 71st District from 1995 to 2010, and the Democratic nominee for Indiana State Treasurer in 2014.[2]

Born on August 20, 1942,[3] Mike was born and spent part of his childhood in Davenport, Iowa as one of seven children. His family moved to Texas; Boland returned to the Quad Cities area to finish the final two years of high school.[1]

He received his B.A. from Upper Iowa University and his M.S. in education from Henderson State University; as of 2002 he had, from Western Illinois University and the University of Iowa, 48 semester hours of work past his master's degree.[3] Boland spent thirty years as a civics teacher.[citation needed]

Boland's wife, Mary, is a member of the Illinois State Democratic Central Committee from Illinois's 17th congressional district. Mike and Mary have two daughters.[citation needed]

As of 2011, Boland lived in East Moline, Illinois.[4]

Political life[edit]

Boland was in the Illinois House of Representatives for 16 years.[1]

He was one of the most forceful voices[according to whom?] concerning the admissions controversy at the University of Illinois, in which relatives of politicians close to ex-governor Rod Blagojevich were being admitted more easily by university officials. Boland called on university officials, including B. Joseph White, to resign, saying "They were trusted to protect our university. In my eyes, they failed in that regard and they should resign."[5]

He left the Illinois House of Representatives to run for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2010, but was defeated.[1]

In June 2011, Mike Boland announced that he was running for the Democratic nomination for 17th district congressman, which would then go up against the Republican freshman U.S. Representative Bobby Schilling. Other competitors in the race at that time included Illinois State Senator David Koehler of Peoria; East Moline City Councilwoman Cheri Bustos, Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp, and Quad Cities immigration lawyer Eric Reyes.[6] However, in October 2011, Boland dropped out of the Congressional race to run instead against incumbent Mike Jacobs for the Democratic nomination for Illinois State Senate in the 36th Legislative District.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "About Mike". East Moline, Illinois: Mike Boland Campaign. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  2. ^ http://www.bradenton.com/2014/05/23/5167924/democrat-boland-announces-bid.html
  3. ^ a b "Representative Mike Boland (D) - Previous General Assembly (94th) - 71st District". Springfield, Illinois: Illinois General Assembly. 2002-06-03. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  4. ^ a b Tibbetts, Ed (October 12, 2011). "Boland changes plans, will run for Illinois Senate". Davenport, Iowa: The Quad-City Times. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  5. ^ "U. of I. leaders urged to resign". Chicago Breaking News. Chicago: Tribune Company. June 7, 2009. Archived from the original on June 22, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  6. ^ Kaergard, Chris (August 24, 2011). "Boland announces bid for 17th District seat". PJStar.com. Peoria, Illinois: GateHouse Media. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 

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