Jeremy understands what it means to take risks and sacrifice to set the foundation for the next generation’s success. He grew up in Illinois learning the meaning of hard work and understanding the value of a dollar. His father ran the family’s farm and worked as a laborer to help make ends meet. His mother has worked three decades as a pre-school teacher.
When he wasn’t busy captaining his high school football and basketball teams, Jeremy spent his youth on the farm and working a variety of jobs to help his family. During the summers, he worked in his father’s small pool installation business and roofed houses and barns for neighboring farmers. During the winters, he helped his uncles chop and deliver firewood to local homeowners.
He took out student loans and worked his way through Illinois State University. In 2002, Jeremy became the first in his family to graduate from college with a four-year degree. Originally intending to pursue a career in law enforcement, Jeremy was inspired by an internship at the public defender’s office to attend DePaul University College of Law, where he graduated with a J.D. in 2006.
After two years in private legal practice, Jeremy began his public-policy career as a director in the Chicago office of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), an internationally-respected advocacy organization dedicated to the bipartisan pursuit of a strong relationship between our country and our ally Israel.
Jeremy spent 7 years traveling across Illinois and other Midwestern states advising and working with both Republican and Democratic lawmakers for bipartisan U.S. foreign policy outcomes — like crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran — while educating and inspiring hardworking Americans of all races, religions and political affiliations to engage in shaping United States foreign policy.
Concerned with the lack of U.S. international leadership, sluggish economic growth and lagging wage gains, in 2014 Jeremy launched a Chicago office for the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), a non-profit organization committed to a strong national security and fiscally conservative economic policies. During his time at AIPAC and the RJC, Jeremy helped lead the fight in Illinois against the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, efforts to isolate our allies and empower our adversaries, and the dangerous foreign policy of an America that leads from behind on the world stage.
Lesley, Jeremy’s wife of 9 years, was raised in Highland Park to parents who ran small family businesses. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School, Lesley currently serves as an assistant dean at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University while also managing her own small legal-education consulting business and the demands of raising a family. At the heart of the Wynes household are Lesley and Jeremy’s three young children – Jaclyn, 7; Isaac, 5; and Noah, 2.