Jack Vrett is a veteran, former prosecutor, husband, and father. He is running for State Representative in the 53rd District to help grow our economy, fight taxes and inflation, and keep our neighborhoods safe for families and small businesses.
Jack Vrett strongly believes in service to others. From 2009-2014, he served in the U.S. Army J.A.G. Corps, including nearly four years with the 101st Airborne Division. In December of 2010, Jack deployed as a Captain to eastern Afghanistan where he contributed to U.S. counterinsurgency operations as an international and operational law attorney.
While in Afghanistan, Jack advised commanders on the rules of engagement, and law of war, and he was sent on investigations to Jalalabad and Ghazni where he worked with members of the Illinois National Guard and Polish Army.
Following his return from Afghanistan in May of 2011, Jack served as adjunct faculty to the U.S. Defense Institute for International Legal Studies and was sent on missions to Ukraine and Slovenia where he helped train U.S. allies on the laws of war and international human rights law. He also served as an instructor at the Pentagon where he taught operational law to deploying J.A.G. officers. He was a contributing author to U.S. Military Operations: Law, Policy, and Practice, published by the Oxford University Press in 2015.
After his service in Afghanistan, Jack was assigned as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting crimes committed by civilians in and around Fort Campbell, Kentucky, including domestic violence, shoplifting, and driving under the influence. He received additional training in criminal advocacy and counter-espionage prosecution.
Jack left the U.S. Army in 2014 and accepted a position as a civilian attorney with the U.S. Department of Defense. The following year, he accepted a position as Deputy General Counsel for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. Jack left public service in 2017 and joined the Arlington Heights-based law firm, Hodges Loizzi. Jack is now a Partner at Honigman LLP.
Believing Illinois is on the wrong track, Jack runs for state representative to restore sensible policies and push back against the extreme policies that have led to rising crime, high inflation, and higher taxes. Jack supports a balanced, common-sense approach that builds on core values we all share.
Jack graduated from Northwestern University and earned his law degree at Marquette University Law School. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and Wisconsin and various federal courts, including the Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and has been recruited by the federal court to represent a prisoner’s civil rights case on a pro bono basis.
Jack resides in Arlington Heights with his wife Rose Marie and their rescue puppy Coco. He is a member of VFW Post 981 (Arlington Heights) and American Legion Post 525 (Mount Prospect). He was born in nearby Woodstock and has two children from a previous marriage. Jack and Rose Marie are active members of the St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, where they first met, and serve on its Parish Council.