Paul Vallas

Paul Vallas DEMDemocrat

American politician and school administrator

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Paul VallasDEMDemocrat American politician and school administrator
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Paul Gust Vallas Sr. (VAL-iss; born June 10, 1953) is an American politician and former education superintendent. He served as the superintendent of the Bridgeport Public Schools and the Recovery School District of Louisiana, the CEO of both the School District of Philadelphia and the Chicago Public Schools, and a budget director for the city of Chicago. As a school superintendent, Vallas was noted for his embrace of privatization and charter schools. A member of the Democratic Party, Vallas has unsuccessfully sought elected office several times. Vallas was the runner-up the Democratic primary of the 2002 Illinois gubernatorial election. He ran as the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial election. Vallas was a candidate in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election. He was also most recently the runner-up in the 2023 Chicago mayoral election. After finishing first in the initial round of that election without securing a majority, Vallas faced Brandon Johnson in a runoff election in which Vallas was defeated by Johnson.

Education5 - 5 of 3
Western Illinois University
MA Political Science
Western Illinois University
BA History/Political Science
Moraine Valley Community College
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Chicago Public Schools
1995 - 1997
Budget Director
City of Chicago
1993 - 1995
Revenue Director
City of Chicago
1990 - 1992
Executive Director
Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission
1986 - 1990
Former Instructor
Community College, Sangamon County
Former Instructor
Lincoln Land Community College
Former Instructor
Officer Candidates School, Camp Lincoln
Former Teacher
Parochial School
Illinois National Guard
Other Experience1 - 9 of 9
City Club of Chicago
Illinois Fatherland Initiative
Governor's Commission on Literacy, Illinois
Economic Club of Chicago
Chicago Chamber of Commerce
Council of the Great Schools
Illinois Association of School Administrators
White House Commission on Presidential Scholars
Governor's Future for Kids Advisory Panel, Illinois