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Tari Renner (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 6/16/1958 (Miami Beach, FL)
Race: White
Religion: Protestant
Residence: Bloomington, IL
Education: BA in Political Science from University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; MA in Political Science from American University, Washington, DC; PhD in Political Science from American University, Washington, DC
Occupation: University Professor, Political Science
Office Type: U.S. House -- Illinois District 11 

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Tari Renner was born in Miami Beach, Fla., and resides in Bloomington, Ill. He was raised in a single-parent household and was on Aid for Families with Dependent Children when he was young.

He received a bachelor in arts in political science in 1978 from the University of South Florida and a master of arts in political science in 1979 from American University. Renner also received his Ph.D. in 1985 in political science from American University.

Renner is chairman of the political science department and a professor at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill.He worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a research assistant position for eight months in 1978.

He then worked from 1980 to 1982 at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a management analyst. He worked from 1982 to 1986 as an assistant professor of political science at Washington College in Maryland.

From 1986 to 1988, he was director of survey research for the International City/County Management Association in Washington, D.C.

He returned to academics in 1988 to work as an assistant professor, and later as associate professor, at Duquense University in Pittsburgh. He left in 1993 to take his current job.

Renner is divorced and has two children.

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Tari Renner was elected to the McLean County Board in Illinois in 1998. He was re-elected in 2002.

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