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Gerald C. Weller (R)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 8/7/1957 (Streator, IL)
Race: White
Religion: Christian
Residence: Morris, IL
Education: BA in Agriculture from University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
Occupation: Public Official
Office Type: U.S. House -- Illinois District 11 

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Gerald Weller was born in Streator, Ill., and resides in Morris, Ill. He received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Illinois in 1979.

During college, Weller worked on the staff of U.S. Rep. Tom Corcoran, R-Ill. After graduation he worked in sales for Procter & Gamble Co., but left after one year on the job.

Weller worked for the Illinois Agriculture Department, then the U.S. Agriculture Department, 1981-85, before returning to his family's hog farm in Grundy County, Ill.

Weller won a seat in the state House in 1986, then lost it four months later in a dispute over ballots.

He was elected again in 1988, 1990 and 1992. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1994.

Weller is single.

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Jerry Weller was elected to the U.S. House in 1994 defeating Democrat Frank Giglio with 61 percent of the vote. He was re-elected in 1996 with 52 percent of the vote, defeating Democrat Clem Balanoff.

In 1998, Weller defeated Democrat Gary Mueller with 59 percent of the vote. Weller ran unopposed in the 2000 Republican primary. He was re-elected in the general election with 56 percent of the vote against Democrat James Stevenson, an attorney.

He was re-elected in 2002 against Democrat Keith Van Duyne, an attorney, with 64 percent of the vote.

Before being elected to Congress, he served in the Illinois House (1987, 1989-95).

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