The Illinois Republican Party announced Wednesday that Bill Strong will become its new finance chairman.
Strong, a Republican fundraiser and chairman of Longford Capital Management, served on Gov. Bruce Rauner's campaign exploratory committee and was the Illinois Finance Chairman of the Republican Governors Association last year.
"Bill Strong is an accomplished business executive with exceptional experience in fundraising in Illinois," Rauner said in a news release. "I am delighted that Bill has accepted my invitation to serve as Finance Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party. With Bill Strong at the helm of fundraising for the Illinois Republican Party, we can make Illinois a two-party state once again."
"Under the leadership of Governor Rauner and Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider, our party has accomplished much over the past year," Strong added. "I look forward to working with Republicans across Illinois in further strengthening our state and our party."
The Illinois Republican Party included more background on Strong via its press release:
From March 2011 until May 2014, Strong served as co-Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley's Asia Pacific operations headquartered in Hong Kong and on its global management committee. From January 1993 until moving to Hong Kong in March of 2011, he was Vice Chairman of Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley based in its Chicago office. Strong also led an economic mission to Iraq in 2008 for the Department of Defense and is a past member of the Board of Visitors of the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Strong served as the Illinois Finance Chairman for the Presidential campaign of Senator John McCain in 2008, and served as one of two National Co-Chairmen for the 2012 Presidential campaign of Governor Tim Pawlenty.