Republican gubernatorial candidate Andy McKenna has been both a politician and a businessman for more than 20 years. The fiscal conservative advocates budget spending cuts, local job growth, public school reform. He has also unofficially teamed up for Lt. Gov. candidate Matt Murphy.
The former Student Government president at Notre Dame attended an outreach meeting about the changing nature of the economy led by President Jimmy Carter during his senior year.
After graduation, began working for Schwarz Supply Source, his 100-year-old family business. Under his direction, the company grew from 30 to 300 employees and became a global competitor, extending beyond the U.S. to Canada, Europe and Asia, according the his Web site. He was founding co-chairman of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, which helps small businesses get their start.
In 2005, McKenna was elected Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party and was re-elected in 2006 to a full four-year term by the Republican State Central Committee, according to his campaign Web site. In August 2009, McKenna stepped down as Chairman to pursue his campaign for governor.
McKenna received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern in addition to a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame.
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