Jesse Clark White (born June 23, 1934) is an American educator, politician and former athlete from the State of Illinois. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as the 37th Secretary of State of Illinois since 1999. He is the longest-serving and the first African American to hold this position. Previously, he served as the Cook County Recorder of Deeds from 1993 to 1999 and in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1975 to 1993.
On August 17, 2015, White announced that he would not seek reelection to a sixth term in 2018. Two years later in August, White reversed this decision and subsequently announced his candidacy for a sixth term. White has since announced that he will not seek reelection in 2022 for what would be a seventh term that would begin just six months short of his 89th birthday