Patrick Joseph "Pat" Quinn, Jr. (born December 16, 1948) is an American politician who served as the 41st Governor of Illinois. A member of the Democratic Party, Quinn began his career as an activist by founding the Coalition for Political Honesty and served as Governor from 2009 until 2015.Born in Hinsdale, Illinois, Quinn is a graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University School of Law. Quinn began his career as a tax attorney in private practice before working as an aide to former Illinois Governor Dan Walker. He was elected to one term as a commissioner on the Cook County Board of Tax Appeals, serving from 1982 to 1986; later serving as revenue director in the administration of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.Quinn served as Treasurer of Illinois from 1991 to 1995. In Illinois's 2002 gubernatorial election, Quinn won the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois running alongside then-U.S. Representative Rod Blagojevich. He was sworn into office as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois in 2003. Quinn assumed the governorship on January 29, 2009, after Governor Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office on corruption charges.