Service to the Public

John is not a politician. He is a public servant, who wants to make our state better, our communities safer and rebuild trust in our leaders.

John is a former state and federal prosecutor. He was a prosecutor in the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office for 16 years. During this time, John prosecuted serious felony cases, securing convictions in cases ranging from First Degree Murder, Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated DUI, Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking and the Attempted Murder of Police Officers.

From 2018 to 2021, John served as the United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, after being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. As U.S. Attorney, John served as the chief federal law enforcement officer for 46 counties in Central Illinois. He successfully prosecuted murderers, violent criminals, child predators, drug dealers, embezzlers, and human traffickers. John also focused on building strong partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement and with the community. Most recently, he gained bipartisan praise for the prosecution of an elected official on charges of fraud, money laundering, and tax evasion related to his alleged misuse of campaign money for personal expenses. Milhiser has a decades-long history of investigating and overseeing prosecution cases of corruption and other crimes against the public.

John Milhiser for Secretary of State

John’s commitment to justice and public service will help to restore faith in state government and our leaders. John served as an instructor on ethics, training new prosecutors for the National District Attorneys Association. With a Governor and statewide officials that continue Speaker Madigan’s culture of corruption, Illinois needs someone of utmost integrity. The Secretary of State’s office oversees some of the state’s most critical functions. John Milhiser will operate the office with zero tolerance for corruption and demand efficient and effective service to taxpayers.

Service to Community
For over 25 years John has called Illinois home and has served our community. John has served on the boards of the Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center, Helping Hands of Springfield Homeless Shelter, Memorial Behavioral Health Mental Health Centers, the Sangamon County Juvenile Justice Council and the Springfield Public Schools Foundation. John is a past president of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association and a former adjunct professor at Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University. Currently, John is teaching high school government, history and English at Lawrence Education Center in Springfield.
John Milhiser for Secretary of State
John Milhiser for Secretary of State
John’s dad was a career Air Force officer, so John grew up moving all across the country and overseas, with stops in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Taiwan, Virginia (twice), Alabama, Tennessee, and finally, Illinois.  When John was applying to law schools, his dad was transferred to Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, which led John to apply to the University of Illinois College of Law.  According to John, this turned out to be the best decision he has ever made because he met his wife Gail, a Springfield native, at law school and now, 27 years later he is still here, living in Central Illinois.John and Gail have been married since 1997.  They live in Springfield and are the parents of two daughters.