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Meet Rob Cruz

Proud Illinoian, Father, Mentor, & School Board Member

Robert Cruz was born and grew up on the East Side of Joliet. He attended Catholic schools and graduated from Providence Catholic High School. Cruz was the starting quarterback for two state championship football teams in the mid-’90s. He attended Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., and the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, where he studied business administration.


After college, Cruz accepted a sales position with Cintas Corp. Management formally recognized his drive and commitment to his duties by honoring him with a Winners’ Circle Sales Award, which is given only to the top 5% of the company.


A long-time resident of Oak Lawn, Cruz is currently a business owner working in construction and development. He’s also serving a four-year term on the Oak Lawn Community High School District 229 board.


Rob Cruz Illinois's 3rd congressional district

Rob Cruz, Candidate for U.S. Congress (IL-6)

In 2011, Cruz was diagnosed with leukemia at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. After a grueling three-year battle, he achieved remission. His ordeal motivated him to join the professional board of Imerman Angels, a one-on-one cancer survivors group that provides encouragement and emotional support to patients and their loved ones dealing with cancer.


In 2020, Cruz co-founded the GOP Jamboree, an organization dedicated to attracting younger people to the Republican Party through song and culture. He was also recruited to work on the VOTE NO campaign, a grassroots initiative that would block Illinois politicians from burdening already-stressed residents with higher tax burdens. 

Suit and Tie

"For without government, there would be no social decorum in a free society. But with too much of it, there isn't decorum, nor does society remain free ."

– Rob Cruz

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