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About

Jim Carris


Jim Carris is not a politician. He’s a local business leader and decades-long resident of Lake County running for Congress to change the trajectory of the country – by working to end the negative social discourse that has taken hold in Washington and passing real policy solutions for Americans based on logic, compassion, and common sense.

Jim is the child of an immigrant. His father left Greece because he was unable to attend college due to his parents’ political affiliation. Jim’s father moved to Chicago, where he met his mom at their local Greek church. He got his big break as a union house painter and later went on to be a contractor – all while providing for his family and raising five kids in Illinois with Jim’s mom – who herself was the daughter of immigrants.

From his father’s experiences Jim gained three things: one, the love for this country because of what it has provided him – the ability to live the American dream. Two, the importance of small government oversight. And finally, the importance of education.

College wasn’t just an option for Jim, he was expected to go. However, how to pay for it was a different story. The contracting business is sometimes difficult and so for periods of time during Jim’s life, money was tight. So, Jim put himself through college and law school by painting houses, working construction, washing dishes, and bartending – never afraid to put in the work.

Jim has spent his life in business, not politics, practicing law, running his own company and as a corporate leader. His career in business, as well as watching his father run a small business, has provided Jim with the understanding of keeping a balanced budget and making payroll. Additionally, he understands the costs and hardships small businesses contend with, and the struggles 10th District families are dealing with, due to burdensome government overregulation, inflation and high taxes.

Throughout the years, Jim has been deeply involved in his community serving on numerous community and charitable organizations, including the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, American Red Cross of Chicago, NAIOP, Lurie Children’s Hospital Pro-Am Golf Committee, the Plan Commission of Lake Forest as well as coaching youth soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, and flag football. This extensive involvement has given him firsthand knowledge of the issues that matter most to the people of the 10th Congressional District.

In Congress, Jim will work across the aisle to deliver results for the families of the 10th Congressional District. He’s a new, independent leader who will make the economy, public safety and national security his main focus in Washington.

Jim and his wife, Kimberly, are raising their three children in Lake County.

News


  • Senator Mark Kirk and Congressman Bob Dold Endorse Jim Carris


    Lake Forest, IL – Today, the Carris for Congress campaign is proud to announce former Senator Mark Kirk and former Congressman Bob Dold’s endorsement of Jim Carris (R-Lake Forest). Senator Kirk has been cited as one of the most bipartisan members in Congress, understanding the need to represent his constituents rather than a political party.…

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  • Jim Carris Statement on Biden Withholding Aid to Israel


    Jim Carris (R-Lake Forest) today released the following statement on President Biden’s threat towithhold weapons from Israel: “This week, President Biden made the incredulous decision to issue an ultimatum regardingIsraeli military action in the city of Rafah, threatening to withhold weapons and militaryresources from our strongest ally in the Middle East – a sovereign, democratic…

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  • Jim Carris Statement Against the Alabama Ruling on IVF


    Jim Carris (R-Lake Forest) released the following statement on the Alabama Supreme Court’s ruling on IVF: “As a parent who has personally experienced the process of IVF, I vehemently oppose the recent ruling in Alabama. Denying women and their families the right to pursue fertility treatments not only infringes upon their reproductive freedoms but also…

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  • Carris Statement On Congressional Democrats Supporting Ceasefire


    Jim Carris (R-Lake Forest) today released the following statement on the letter that Congressional Democrats released in support of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas: “After learning more details about the atrocities committed by Hamas on October 7, and the ongoing brutality that continues towards the hostages in captivity, it’s extremely troubling to see Democrats in Congress…

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  • Jim Carris Files Petitions to Run for Congress


    Lake Forest, IL – Jim Carris (R-Lake Forest) today filed his petitions in his run for Congress as a Republican in Illinois’ 10th Congressional District, which consists of Chicago’s north and northwest suburbs, including Lake and portions of Cook and McHenry Counties. “The overwhelming support that my campaign has received in the 3 months since announcing…

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  • Rep. Schneider Votes Against Israel


    Jim Carris released the following response to Congressman Brad Schneider’s vote against providing Israel with the capability to defend itself while they are under attack by Hamas terrorists. “I strongly disagree with Congressman Brad Schneider’s decision to vote against both the stand-alone aid package for Israel and the Israel supplemental funding bill. Israel, our key ally in…

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  • Local Business Leader Jim Carris Announces Run for Congress


    Carris looks to change the trajectory of the country – by working to end the negative social discourse that has taken hold in Washington and deliver real policy solutions for American families Lake Forest, IL – Jim Carris (R-Lake Forest) today announced his candidacy for Congress as a Republican in Illinois’ 10th Congressional District, which…

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On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas with the history-changing news that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free. This day came to be known as #Juneteenth and is now officially a federal holiday. I encourage you to visit NMAAHC on social media or go to www.nmaach.si.edu/Juneteenth to learn more about the holiday from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Celebrating Freedom! #carrisforcongress #IL10 See MoreSee Less

On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas with the history-changing news that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free. This day came to be known as #Juneteenth and is now officially a federal holiday. I encourage you to visit @nmaahc on social media or go to www.nmaach.si.edu/Juneteenth to learn more about the holiday from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Celebrating Freedom! #carrisforcongress #IL10

Thank you to Mayor Donna Johnson and the families of Libertyville for making us feel so welcome at the Libertyville Days Festival parade this weekend! Our Team Carris volunteers had a great time handing out candy, meeting residents, and shaking hands with voters many of whom had lived in the area for generations and care deeply about the future of their hometown in #IL10. Libertyville is a wonderful community! We can’t wait to be back soon! #carrisforcongress See MoreSee Less

Thank you to Mayor Donna Johnson and the families of Libertyville for making us feel so welcome at the Libertyville Days Festival parade this weekend! Our Team Carris volunteers had a great time handing out candy, meeting residents, and shaking hands with voters many of whom had lived in the area for generations and care deeply about the future of their hometown in #IL10. Libertyville is a wonderful community! We can’t wait to be back soon! #carrisforcongressImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Next time you’re in the car, make sure to turn your radio all the way up!

This month, we launched a new radio ad highlighting our campaign’s mission to work across the aisle to deliver real policy solutions for the families of the 10th Congressional District. Our “New Leadership” ad focuses on the families of the 10th Congressional District who deserve leadership focused on working across the aisle to deliver real policy solutions based on independence, compassion, and commonsense. I will bring new leadership to Washington and work to address the issues that are facing our families: inflation, public safety, and immigration reform.

Check out WCPT 820AM, WLIP 1050AM, WGN 720AM, WPPN 106.7FM over the next couple of weeks! #carrisforcongress #IL10
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