Bruce was born and raised in Illinois. A self-made businessman, Bruce is committed to turning around Illinois. As the 42nd governor of Illinois, Bruce’s vision is to create a more prosperous state where everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
Bruce’s grandfather was a Swedish-speaking, small-town dairyman who taught Bruce about fishing and hunting, the value of hard work and the importance of giving back. Bruce’s first job was...
Bruce is the proud father of six children – two boys and four girls. His wife Diana is the love of his life. Together, Bruce and Diana have devoted a tremendous amount of their personal time and resources to philanthropic and community causes across the state and nation. Their greatest personal mission is to improve education across Illinois. Diana is the president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to providing all children access to quality care and education throughout the first five years of life.
Bruce’s grandfather was a Swedish-speaking, small-town dairyman who taught Bruce about fishing and hunting, the value of hard work and the importance of giving back. Bruce’s first job was flipping burgers and his second job was parking cars. A dedicated and hard-working student, Bruce worked his way through Dartmouth College, where he graduated with top honors. He then went on to earn an M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Bruce began his professional career at then startup investment firm Golder, Thoma, Cressey, later GTCR. As one of its earliest partners, Bruce helped build the firm into one of the most successful and respected businesses in Illinois. GTCR has been trusted for decades to oversee the retirement investments of first responders, teachers and other Illinois workers. He created tremendous returns for them – more than doubling the stock market’s performance – while providing exceptional value for taxpayers.
Bruce has reinvested his business success back into the state he loves through support of education, local hospitals and community organizations. He has been a key supporter of projects such as Chicago’s new Red Cross regional headquarters, the YMCA in Little Village, Illinois, charter high schools, and scholarship programs for disadvantaged students. He has served on the boards of numerous civic organizations including The Noble Network of Charter Schools, World Business Chicago and the University of Illinois Chancellor’s Strategic Advisory Board.
Despite his great success, Bruce is the same man from humble beginnings. He drives a 20-year-old camper van, wears an $18 watch and stays in the cheapest hotel room he can find when he’s on the road. He hunts birds, hikes, loves riding his Harley, and jumps at every opportunity to fish.