Senate welcomes Consul General of China in Chicago

Zhao Jian, Consul General of China in ChicagoOn Wednesday, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton welcomed Zhao Jian, Consul General of China in Chicago, to the Senate. The Consulate General of China serves the Midwest Region of the United States: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa.

Prior to being named Consul General, Mr. Jian worked for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than 20 years. Prior to accepting his current position this year, he served as Consul General of China in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to trade and economic issues, the consulate's serves Visa and passport, education, science and technology, and cultural needs in the region.

Audio of Mr. Jian's remarks to the Senate is here:

Sen. President Cullerton

6th Senate District
President of the Senate

Years served: 1979 - 1991 (House); 1991 - 2020 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Executive.

Biography: Attorney; born Oct. 28, 1948, in Chicago; B.A., political science, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University Law School; served in Illinois National Guard, 1970-76; former Assistant Public Defender and instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; married (wife, Pamela), has five children.

Associated Representatives:
Sara Feigenholtz
Ann M. Williams