Endorsed by: House Conservatives Fund, Eagle Forum, Susan B. Anthony List
–Commissioned in USAF in 2003; currently a Captain in Air National Guard; served in Iraq and Afghanistan
–Challenging incumbent liberal in close district
Adam Kinzinger, 32, is a focused, results oriented leader dedicated to getting our government back to the roots, which made it strong in the first place.
Adam was born in Kankakee but spent most of his childhood years in Bloomington, IL. His mother, an elementary schoolteacher, and his father, a former CEO of two faith-based organizations, taught Adam important values of hard work and responsiveness to the needs of less fortunate individuals in our communities. Adam earned his bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in 2000.
While a sophomore at ISU, Adam, at the age of 20, challenged a twelve-year Democrat incumbent for the McLean County Board. By focusing on a message of bringing local government back to the people, he won a seat on the board to become one of the youngest county board members in McLean County history.
During his service on the board, Adam focused on ideas he believed in – opposing elected officials’ pay raises in tough economic times, standing out against internet taxation to local businesses, and supporting measures allowing for greater public participation in county government. Adam quickly earned the respect of his colleagues, was easily accessible to his constituents and was often the lead Republican spokesman on important issues facing the county board.
Adam sought a second term in 2002 and earned the endorsement of the Bloomington Pantagraph for his efforts in bringing a fresh perspective to county government. His message resonated with the voters and he was overwhelmingly reelected.
In 2003, Adam joined the United States Air Force. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in November 2003 and later awarded his pilot wings. Captain Kinzinger has served in the Air Force Special Ops, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and Air National Guard.
Captain Kinzinger has been recognized for his efforts both in an out of uniform. In 2007, he received the United States Air Force Airman’s Medal for saving the life of a young woman who was violently attacked. Despite the likelihood that he too would be stabbed, Adam wrestled the knife away from the attacker and pinned him to the ground until the police arrived. He was also awarded the National Guard’s Valley Forge Cross for Heroism and was selected as the Southeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross Hero of the Year.
Adam Kinzinger understands the value of American freedom and is committed to protecting and serving the citizens of his district and country both in uniform and elected office. He has the skills and drive to rise above the political noise, bring government back to the people and to create a lasting positive impact for the people of the 11th Congressional District.