Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner


January 12, 2015 - January 14, 2019

February 18, 1957


Dartmouth College; Harvard Business School

Birth State

Married Diana Rauner; six children


Bruce Rauner was sworn in as the 42nd governor of Illinois on January 12, 2015.

Rauner was born and raised in Illinois. He graduated from Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Returning to Illinois in 1981, Rauner began working at the private equity firm Golder, Thoma, Cressey (later GTCR), where he worked for more than 30 years and served as chairman.

Rauner is married to Diana Mendley Rauner and is the father of six children – two boys and four girls.


Diana Mendley Rauner became the first lady of Illinois when her husband, Governor Bruce Rauner, was sworn in as governor on January 12, 2015.

As first lady, Mrs. Rauner plans to focus on issues that affect the state’s most vulnerable children and continue her work at the Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago, a public-private partnership, which supports early learning programs for at-risk children and their families (including the Educare Learning Network of schools). The first lady volunteers her service as the organization’s president.

Mrs. Rauner’s work as president is rooted in her background researching early childhood programs, as well as her experience in investment banking and private equity. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Chicago, a master’s in business administration  from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Mrs. Rauner serves on the board of directors of After School Matters and the Thacher School; and as a life trustee of both National-Louis University and the Kohl Children’s Museum. She also serves on the Lurie Children's Hospital Board and is a member of the Yale University Council and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Management Board.

The Rauners are the proud parents of six children and one son-in-law.