Mark Kleine is a businessman from Galesburg, Illinois, who opened his first John Deere equipment dealership in 1994. Over the next 19 years, Kleine grew his business to six locations. During that time, Kleine also started a real estate development company that continues to create jobs and build new homes so Western Illinois families can stay local and live the American Dream. Kleine is heavily invested in rebuilding the local downtown, creating jobs and hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local economy. Kleine is dedicated to giving back through the Kleine Family Foundation, which provides community support for healthcare, education, economic development, and other community needs. Most recently Mark and his wife, Jeanette, co-founded the Pediatric Wellness Center in Western Illinois – a program dedicated to providing physical and mental health care for children in the community. Kleine is running for Congress because he believes career politicians in both parties are hurting America. He believes that his experience as a businessman, his perspective as a political outsider, and his independence from both parties is what we need to move America forward. He wants to continue to create local jobs, make government spending more responsible, and fight the lobbyists and special interests.
Kleine lives in Galesburg with his wife, Jeanette. They have four adult children, three daughters-in-law, and 3 young grandchildren who all live within the Illinois 17th Congressional District.