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Conservative Republican Adam Kinzinger

An Air Force pilot who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Adam Kinzinger now fights to restore liberty and create opportunity for constituents of the Sixteenth District. He is committed to rolling back the old government bureaucracy, empowering individuals to succeed, and reforming our government to better meet the needs of Americans in the 21st century – ultimately passing the next generation a stronger and more secure country.

Through his role on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Adam has worked to lower utility bills for Illinois families and businesses and create more good-paying American jobs by revitalizing our manufacturing base. He also has been an active leader on the Foreign Affairs Committee, demanding accountability from administration officials for the death of four Americans in Benghazi.

Throughout his time in Congress, Adam has worked to create a smaller, more efficient government that empowers innovation and individual potential. He has introduced legislation to rein-in runaway spending programs, prompting the Washington Post to report that “(Kinzinger) could serve as a poster boy for the new breed of conservatives who are eager to wipe out government waste and inefficiency – no matter where they find it.”

Adam has been named one of U.S. News and World Report’s ”Five Republican Rising Stars,” and The Chicago Tribune called him “solidly conservative and an independent thinker… (who) has the energy, smarts and presence to aggressively represent his constituents.”

Early Years and Education

Adam was born in Kankakee and grew up in Watseka and Bloomington. His mom, an elementary school teacher, and dad, a former CEO of two faith-based non-profits, instilled in him and his siblings a responsibility to help those in need and improve the community through leadership and service.

Adam first held elected office as a McLean County Board Member while he was 20 years-old and a sophomore at Illinois State University. As a board member, Adam worked to prevent pay increases for elected officials, lower taxes on small businesses, and increase transparency and public participation in public government.

Military Career

In 2003, Adam joined the U.S. Air Force and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant, later earning his pilot wings. Adam served in the Air Force Special Operations, Air Combat Command, and Air Mobility Command.

Adam continues to serve in the Air National Guard while in Congress, with the current rank of Major.

In 2007, Adam received the United States Air Force Airman’s Medal for saving the life of a woman who had been stabbed on the streets of Milwaukee. Adam put himself between her and her attacker and was able to subdue the attacker, pinning him on the ground until police arrived. For this, Adam was awarded the National Guard’s Valley Forge Cross for Heroism and was selected as the Southeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross Hero of the Year.