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News release no. 20030702a







Congressman Jerry Weller was first elected to Congress in 1994 and is now serving his fifth term representing the 11th District of Illinois.

Since 1996, Weller has served on the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, where he has become a leading voice promoting issues affecting the new economy, the internet, computer education and high technology. He also sits on the Select Revenue and Oversight Subcommittees.

A leader in the effort to expand markets for the state of Illinois' manufactured goods and agricultural products, Weller earned a seat on the House International Relations Committee in 2003, where he serves on the Western Hemisphere and the Asian and Pacific Subcommittees. Weller also serves the Republican leadership as both a Deputy Majority Whip and as Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee's Biotechnology and Information Technology Subcommittee.

A former State Representative in the Illinois General Assembly from 1988 to 1994, Weller is listed in the 1990 Almanac of Illinois Politics as "one of the rising stars" in Illinois politics. In 1995, Weller joined former President Jimmy Carter as an international observer for the Palestinian Elections in the Middle East.

A 1979 graduate of the University of Illinois with a degree in agriculture, Weller worked as a sales representative with Proctor and Gamble following college. Weller served from 1980 to 1981 as an aide to former United States Representative Tom Corcoran and from 1981 to 1985 as an aide to United States Secretary of Agriculture John Block.