An attorney and small businessman, C.J. Baricevic (Charles John Bar-civic) is running for Congress to improve the lives of the hard-working people of the 12thcongressional district.

A native of St. Clair County, public service is in C.J.’s blood. His grandfather was among the first elected aldermen in Fairview Heights. His uncle is an alderman in Fairview Heights. His father, John Baricevic, was St. Clair County Board Chairman, State’s Attorney for St. Clair County, and currently is Chief Judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.

C.J. is a partner in the law firm of Chatham and Baricevic, which specializes in labor law and representing injured persons. Because of his strong belief in public service, C.J. has served as an appointed public defender to help the poor and needy defend their constitutional rights. With the help of student loans and a scholarship, C.J. worked his way through Southern Illinois University Law School,

Prior to becoming an attorney, C.J. held a variety of blue collars jobs. He shoveled asphalt for the Roads and Bridges Department of Fairview Heights, worked as a Laborer for Local 100 helping build Illinois Highway 159 and Rt. 3, and working out of Pipefitters Local 439, C.J. worked below the coke ovens at Granite City Steel.

C.J. has been involved in local politics since his youth. He belonged to Young Democrats in high school and college. One of C.J.’s earliest and fondest political memories was meeting President Bill Clinton at Mid-America Airport during the 1996 presidential campaign. He later interned in the Washington, D.C. office of former Illinois Congressman Jerry Costello.

Born in Fairview Heights, C.J. grew up with a sister and two brothers. He shared a room with his brothers until he was 16 which taught C.J. the art of when to fight and when to compromise. C.J. played a lot of sports—baseball, football and hockey. C.J. remains a big St. Louis Cardinals fan.

C.J. is Catholic and considers public service an extension of his Catholic upbringing. He and his family attend church in Belleville. C.J. believes freedom of religion is one of the country’s most important foundations.