Meet Joel

Joel Funk is a native of Illinois and the 12th Congressional District. The Funk family were immigrant homesteaders from Germany in the 1830s when they set to work, creating a farm between Mascoutah and Freeburg, IL. Joel’s family has been farming and working the land ever since. It continues to be a part of the agricultural backbone of Southern Illinois.

Joel attended public school through his early education before getting an ROTC Scholarship to attend The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Joel graduated with a commission in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant in the Aviation Branch. At The Citadel, he completed bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and German with honors. He would go on to finish a master’s degree in Security Studies at Kansas State University.

Joel has served multiple tours with the 10th Mountain Division, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), and 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Officer Staff College.

Joel started his own family with a previous marriage that gave him two wonderful sons. Now, he is preparing for a wedding celebration to marry his fiancé, who is currently serving as a member of the Missouri Army National Guard.

Joel Funk has devoted his entire adult life to serving his country and has demonstrated leadership by example in complex environments, in harsh conditions, and combat. The people of the Illinois 12th Congressional District have voiced their concern with a lack of real and effective representation in Congress. Joel is prepared for the work it will take to bring effective leadership back to the people of his district.