Secretary of State Jesse White has set a record as Illinois’ longest-serving secretary of state.
The 79-year-old White claimed that milestone today, when he surpassed the tenure of James A. Rose, who served from 1897 to 1912.
White has served since his first inauguration in January 1999.
White says he’s proud of honoring a pledge to not use the Secretary of State’s office as a stepping stone to higher office. The Democrat has won five terms in office, often by wide margins.
Secretary White turns 80 next month.
And, I gotta say, he doesn’t seem all that worse for wear. The man is in incredible shape for any age.