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Dan Johnson-Weinberger
General Counsel

 Dan Johnson-Weinberger is the Center's General Counsel. He is licensed to practice law in California and Illinois.

Dan is a 1997 graduate of the University of Illinois (B.A. in economics and political science) and a 2000 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

Dan has been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Roll Call, The Hill, the Daily Herald, the Chicago Reader, the Daily Southtown and the Miami Herald. He has appeared on National Public Radio and is an occasional guest on the nationally syndicated radio program Beyond The Beltway.

In the last year and a half, Dan has spoken to classes and groups in Florida, Wisconsin, California, Illinois, Indiana and New York. He encourages invitations to speak to college classes or political groups.

Dan spends the majority of his time in Chicago where he focuses on the drive to revive cumulative voting for the Illinois House of Representatives. He also spends time in Springfield, Illinois, where he lobbies the Illinois General Assembly, and was the main driver behind passage of a law that allows county boards to give cumulative voting rights.

Dan helped to found the Midwest Democracy Center in 1995 with a group of Illinois electoral reformers ( ). He worked on several political campaigns and enjoys walking precincts.

Dan can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 312.933.4890. His website is and his blog is (opinions expressed on his sites are his own and not necessarily shared by the Center). Inquiries are encouraged.

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