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2018 Congress District 3

Dan Lipinski defeats former Nazi to retain 3rd Congressional District seat

Dan Lipinski
Dan Lipinski

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, won his re-election bid Nov. 6 in the 3rd Congressional District.

“Moving forward, I will continue to be a leader on ... issues that are critical to making life better and giving people greater opportunities to live the American Dream no matter who they are or where they live,” Lipinski said.

The race was hardly a toss-up, as Lipinski ran against Arthur Jones on the Republican ticket. Jones actively denies the Holocaust and has run for office several times in the past. He had never made it on the ballot before 2018.

“Unfortunately in 2018, Jones gathered a sufficient number of valid signatures to gain ballot access, even after ILGOP review. The Party has never given Jones a free pass," the Illinois GOP said in an email statement in response to Jones’ candidacy.

Jones also is a former member of the National Socialist or American Nazi Party, which he said he belonged to from 1971 to 1980. He argued it technically is incorrect to call him a Nazi or a neo-Nazi, as multiple media outlets have described him. But he does openly refer to himself as a “white racialist,” and he does not shy away from his anti-Semitism.

This will be Lipinski’s eighth term in Congress; he ran unopposed in 2016 and beat his general election opponent in 2014 by nearly 30 points. Lipinski originally is from the southwest side of Chicago, near Midway airport. He has sat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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