Name: William "Bill" L. Enyart, Democratic Party nominee for the 12th Congressional District seat
Family: Married to retired St. Clair County Circuit Judge Annette A. Eckert, a professor in criminal justice at Lindenwood University-Belleville. They have two grown sons, James, 40, and Alex, 26, and one grandson, Gavin, 3.
Occupation: Retired, attorney specializing in administrative law, with an emphasis on Social Security benefit claims. In June, he retired with the rank of Army major general after serving five years as adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, culminating a career spanning nearly three decades the Guard.
Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism and political science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, juris doctor from the SIUC Law School. Master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.
Hobbies: Hiking and backpacking, reading non-fiction history and historical novels
Favorite book: "War and Remembrance" a novel about World War II by Herman Wouk.