Jim Long | Director of Government Affairs


Jim Long is the Illinois Policy Institute’s director of government affairs, focusing on government relations and the legislative process in the Illinois General Assembly. He also is the Institute’s chief grassroots organizer and has headed up several successful campaigns in which “boots on the ground” activism shaped public opinion and influenced lawmakers.

Prior to his work at the Institute, Jim was the executive director of a candidate resource center, where he recorded over 70 political campaign victories for his clients. He is also a former head golf professional and director of golf at two premier courses in the Chicago suburbs.

Jim graduated magna cum laude from Benedictine University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in management.

He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, 2014 Society of St. James the Apostle honoree, Kentucky Colonel, precinct committeeman, and an involved activist in his community.