Jon Schweppe was born on January 10, 1988 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is the son of a registered nurse and a Lutheran minister. He has been a resident of the Quad City area for the last 15 years.
Schweppe graduated from Aledo High School in 2006 and Augustana College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Business.
Schweppe has quite a bit of work experience for someone his age. In 2003, he started his first job as a disc jockey at Aledo’s local radio station, 102.3FM WRMJ. During his time there, he carried out over 1000 hours of on-air programming, including writing and delivering news reports. At the age of sixteen, Schweppe interviewed former Congressman Lane Evans on Election Night 2004 and wrote the story for the next day’s broadcasts. Schweppe may not have known it yet, but 2004 would be the first of many exciting election nights to come.
During his final trimester at Augustana College, Schweppe worked as an intern for the Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign. He did an assortment of tasks for the campaign, but specialized in press work and writing. At the conclusion of his internship, Schilling offered Schweppe a full-time position as press secretary for the rest of the campaign, which Schweppe gladly accepted. Schilling went on to beat former Congressman Phil Hare by 11 points on election night in 2010 in a district that hadn’t been held by a Republican in nearly 30 years.
Following the race, Schweppe was hired to work in Congressman Schilling’s Moline office as a jack-of-all-trades, most notably acting as a field representative and a press secretary.
In May 2011, Schweppe joined Bill Albracht’s Illinois State Senate campaign to be his campaign manager. Schweppe helped Albracht raise more than $60,000 in less than seven months while building a large volunteer base, putting Albracht in an excellent position to win his election in November 2012.
Schweppe rejoined the Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign in January 2012. He is currently serving as Schilling’s communications director.