13th Congressional District: George Gollin

March 14, 2014 

Address: 813 West University Avenue, Champaign

Age: 60

Birthplace: New York

Family status: Married

Number of children: One

Education: Freeport High School, Freeport, New York, 1971; A.B., physics, Harvard University, 1975; M.A., physics, Princeton University, 1977; Ph.D., physics, Princeton University, 1981; Robert R. McCormick postdoctoral fellow, University of Chicago, 1980-1982

Occupation: Physics professor

Political party: Democratic

Office sought: U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois 13th Congressional District

Campaign website: www.GeorgeGollin.com

Campaign email/phone number: info@GeorgeGollin.com; 217-390-7870

Previously held offices: None

What qualifies you for this position?

I have been a scientist for 35 years and a teacher for 30, and am the only candidate with this background. Science, technology and education are closely tied to economic growth, and there is a dearth of technical expertise in our current congress.

I have helped draft--and pass--federal legislation. No other Democratic candidate has done this. And I have lived in Illinois District 13 for 25 years and know the district. I am familiar with farm issues--my wife's relatives farm corn and soybeans--and am better able to represent the farmers and small town residents than the other candidates.

What is the top issue in your race, and how would you address it?

Our most pressing need is a return to full employment. We need a federal "surge" in infrastructure spending to create good jobs now and drive future economic growth as well.

I would work to end the hollowing out of the middle class. Consumer spending comprises three-quarters of American economic activity, and only with a strengthening of those in the middle can we return to a strong economy. A more progressive tax structure will help, as will support for small businesses that provide new jobs. I would work to strengthen our unions. There is more, of course.

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