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Congressman

Illinois (District: 4)

Democratic

Current

starts 01/03/1993

Biography

Luis Vicente Gutiérrez (born December 10, 1953) is an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Politics_of_the_United_States">American politician and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois%27s_4th_congressional_district">Illinois’s 4th congressional district, serving since 1993. Gutiérrez was the first Latino to be elected to Congress from the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midwestern_United_States">Midwest. From 1986 until his election to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Congress">Congress he served as a member of thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_City_Council">Chicago City Council representing the 26th ward. He is a member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Democratic_Party">Democratic Party and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_Progressive_Caucus">Congressional Progressive Caucus. He is recognized as the “national leader on comprehensive http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_reform">immigration reform,” and the top http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic_and_Latino_Americans">Latino elected official in the United States of America. In the 113th Congress, with his 20 years of service, Gutiérrez became the longest serving member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_congressional_delegations_from_Illinois">Illinois House delegation, and so is occasionally referred to as the unofficial “dean” of the delegation.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luis_Guti%C3%A9rrez#cite_note-5">

Of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico">Puerto Rican descent, he is a supporter of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rican_independence">Puerto Rican independence, and the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cause_for_Vieques">Vieques movement. Gutiérrez is also an outspoken advocate of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labor_rights">workers’ rights, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_the_United_States">LGBT rights, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_rights">gender equality, and other http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberalism_in_the_United_States">liberal and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressivism">progressive causes. Gutiérrez has been compared to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African-American_Civil_Rights_Movement_(1955%E2%80%931968)">civil rights leader http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.">Martin Luther King, Jr., due to both figures’ use of non-violent http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_disobedience">civil disobedience in their advocacy for the equal rights of their communities. In 2010 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Sharry">Frank Sharry of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America%27s_Voice_(lobby)">America’s Voice, a leading pro-immigrant group, said of Gutiérrez: “He’s as close as the Latino community has to a Martin Luther King figure.” His supporters have given him the nickname El Gallito – the little http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighting_rooster">fighting rooster – in reference to his fiery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_speaking">oratory and political prowess.

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