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‘I have brown hair, four siblings, and I happen …’

Jacob Meister tells The State-Journal Register in Springfield that his being gay is just part of who he is.

Do ask; do tell

The nation’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays serving in the military is a matter of civil rights, says Jacob Meister.

Media Releases

Meister applauds Gates announcement to stop enforcing DADT Calls decision a step in the right direction
March 26, 2010 - (Chicago) Jacob Meister, former candidate for the United States Senate from Illinois, released the following statement Thursday regarding Secretary of the Defense Gates’ announcement that the military will revamp its rules relating to enforcement of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, the 17-year-old policy of forcing gays serving in the military to be closeted or face discharge from the armed forces.

An important note to my supporters
January 31, 2010 - Dear supporters, Thank you! Thank you for your unselfishness.

Meister withdraws, endorses Giannoulias
January 31, 2010 - (Chicago) Jacob Meister withdrew his name from consideration for United States Senate Sunday before a crowd of supporters, union members and elected officials at Teamsters Local 705, and announced his support for frontrunner candidate Alexi Giannoulias. “I entered this race last year because I knew that keeping the discussion on jobs and keeping the seat Blue were of equal importance,” Meister said. “Today we have a candidate who stands above the rest, Alexi Giannoulias will take my 20/20 Vision and use it to benefit all of Illinois.”

Meister Issues Statement Regarding President’s Move to Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
January 27, 2010 - “On behalf of the estimated 13,000 men and women who have left the military, the thousands who have been deterred from entering it and those who are forced to live a life of hypocrisy solely because of this demoralizing and discriminatory policy, I say to the President, 'It is about time.'

1 Day Left, Meister Votes Early
January 27, 2010 - Jacob Meister encouraged voters of all ages to vote early, quipping as he left Truman College, “If nothing else it beats waiting in line.” Early voting ends at 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Meister: Supreme Court Ruling Puts Private Interests First
January 21, 2010 - Jacob Meister, Democrat for U.S. Senate, took aim at conservative members of the Supreme Court and Rehnquist protégé David Hoffman, after the Supreme Court handed down a decision today to lift the limits on political contributions for corporations and labor unions.

Americans for Democratic Action Picks Meister
January 21, 2010 - Jacob Meister is the Americans for Democratic Action's choice in the Democratic primary for United States Senate.

Attorney Takes Legal Action Against WTTW
January 20, 2010 - An attorney for the Meister for U.S. Senate campaign is asking the Federal Communications Commission to find WTTW/Chicago in violation of FCC rules for its exclusion of Jacob Meister from a debate the station was scheduled to televise tonight.

Meister to Take WTTW to Court
January 17, 2010 - Jacob Meister, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, has been informed that WTTW intends to exclude him from its United States Senate debate scheduled for Wednesday, January 20. All candidates who meet FCC guidelines must be included, according to the Communications Act of 1934 and FCC regulations, which outline equal access provisions.

Meister Takes His 20/20 Vision on the Road
January 13, 2010 - Six cities are the settings for town hall meetings Jacob Meister, Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, is holding across Illinois.