118th District State Representative Paul Jacobs (R-Pomona) was first elected to serve as the 115th district State Representative in 2020. Because of redistricting, Rep. Jacobs is now the elected representative for all of Alexander, Pulaski, and Union Counties and portions of Jackson and Williamson Counties.

Paul is well known from his optometry practice and his successful winery, Von Jakob in Alto Pass in rural Jackson County. Rep. Jacobs served in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1971. For the last 43 years, Dr. Jacobs has practiced optometry in several communities throughout Southern Illinois. Paul and his wife Rhoda opened Von Jakob Vineyard in Alto Pass 27 years ago. They have four grown children and ten grandchildren.

Paul is a lifelong Christian conservative who seeks to bring fiscal responsibility and ethical reform to Springfield. As State Representative, Dr. Jacobs has served on the House Higher Education Appropriations, Health Care Availability and Access, Health Care Licenses, Higher Education, Tourism, and Veterans’ Affairs Committees.