Mark Kleine is a businessman, husband, father of four, grandfather of three, and community leader in Galesburg, who has spent the last 23 years of his life working to improve the place he calls home.

A pillar of the Galesburg community for over two decades, Mark Kleine first moved to northwestern Illinois in 1994 to start his first John Deere tractor dealership. Over the next nineteen years, Mark built Kleine Equipment, Inc. into a $150M company with six retail locations and 150 employees. In 2013, Kleine left the tractor industry to focus on his next goal: keeping families living and working in the local community. To accomplish this, Mark founded Kleine Companies – a development company that builds homes and revitalizes downtown Galesburg to attract new businesses, create new jobs, and grow the local economy.

Along with his business pursuits, Mark is heavily involved in local economic development, philanthropy, and grassroots community building in the northwestern Illinois economic region. Mark’s community service includes work with the Knox County YMCA and the Galesburg Community Foundation. Kleine also holds membership on the OSF St. Mary’s Medical Center Board, the OSF Corporate Foundation Board, the OSF St. Mary’s Foundation Board, the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development Board, and the St. Ambrose University Board. Additionally, Mark and his wife are active in many other civic and non-profit activities in addition to their community support through the Kleine Family Fund.

Now Mark is running for Congress to diversify the northwestern Illinois economy by cutting government spending and bringing good-paying 21st Century jobs to the area. Mark isn’t a politician, and he’s frustrated the elected officials say one thing back home, but do another in DC so they can advance their own careers. Mark and his family believe that now is the time for political outsiders with real world business experience to step up and provide common-sense solutions that improve our local communities. Mark looks forward to bringing over 23 years of business experience to Congress and solving our nation’s toughest problems.