Chuy García facts for kids
|García at a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Los Angeles, May 2016|
|Member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners
from the 7th district
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Joseph Moreno|
|Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 1st district
January 1, 1993 – January 1, 1999
|Preceded by||Howie Carroll|
|Succeeded by||Antonio Munoz|
|Member of the Chicago City Council
from the 22nd ward
March 25, 1986 – January 1, 1993
|Preceded by||Frank Stemberk|
|Succeeded by||Ricardo Muñoz|
|Born||April 12, 1956
|Alma mater||University of Illinois, Chicago|
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.
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.
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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