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Chuy García
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García at a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Los Angeles, May 2016
Member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners
from the 7th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Joseph Moreno
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 1st district
In office
January 1, 1993 – January 1, 1999
Preceded by Howie Carroll
Succeeded by Antonio Munoz
Member of the Chicago City Council
from the 22nd ward
In office
March 25, 1986 – January 1, 1993
Preceded by Frank Stemberk
Succeeded by Ricardo Muñoz
Personal details
Born April 12, 1956 (1956-04-12) (age 65)
Durango, Mexico
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Evelyn
Children Rosa
Alma mater University of Illinois, Chicago

Jesús G. "Chuy" García (born April 12, 1956) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who serves on the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Early life

García was born in Mexico in the state of Durango. Garcia worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation from 1977 to 1980 as he worked towards a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Political career

Garcia was elected to the Chicago City Council in 1986, and in 1992 became the first Mexican-American member of the Illinois State Senate. In 2010, Garcia won election to the 7th district Cook County Board of Commissioners, and after his election was appointed floor leader by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. A progressive and a reformer, García is a Preckwinkle ally and was a supporter of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.

Mayoral candidacy

A candidate for Mayor of Chicago, Garcia finished second in the February 24, 2015 mayoral election, forcing a head-to-head runoff vote between himself and the current mayor Rahm Emanuel. He lost the run-off election by carrying 44.28% of the votes.

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García at a Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles, California, May 2016
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