Rep. Luis Gutiérrez is retiring and endorsing Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for his seat
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) has announced his retirement. The U.S. Representative for Illinois's 4th Congressional District will not be seeking re-election next year after nearly 25 years of holding the seat. During his time in Congress, Gutiérrez was a leading voice in immigration reform. Gutiérrez will withdraw his nomination petition and endorse Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. This means that Garcia will not be challenging Mayor Rahm Emanuel again in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, as he did in 2015.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel shared, "Luis Gutiérrez represented Chicagoans in the Chicago City Council and U.S. Congress for more than three decades, serving his constituents, his city and his country with honor. One thing I know is Luis Gutiérrez will not stop fighting for what he believes in until the last vote is cast, and even then will continue working for the causes he has championed throughout his life because he believes in them with his heart. Luis Gutiérrez’s journey from a taxi driver to a U.S. Congressman is a testament to the power of the American Dream. I have been proud to call him a dear friend and trusted colleague, and stand with Chicagoans and Americans everywhere in expressing my appreciation for his service and wishing him well in his next chapter."