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Lori Lightfoot

56th Mayor of Chicago

Lori Elaine Lightfoot (born August 4, 1962) is an American lawyer and politician. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of Chicago since 2019. On April 2, 2019, Lightfoot was elected mayor. She is the first African-American woman and first LGBT individual elected to the position.

Lori Lightfoot
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56th Mayor of Chicago
Assumed office
May 20, 2019
Preceded byRahm Emanuel
Personal details
Born (1962-08-04) August 4, 1962 (age 56)
Massillon, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic[1][2]
Spouse(s)Amy Eshleman
Children1
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BA)
University of Chicago (JD)

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Early lifeEdit

Lightfoot was born in Massillon, Ohio. She studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and University of Chicago. Lightfoot took jobs working for Congress members Ralph Regula and Barbara Mikulski.

Legal careerEdit

She was the former Chief of Staff and General Counsel of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC). She was the First Deputy of the Chicago Department of Procurement Services. Lightfoot was known as the President of the Chicago Police Board and former Chair of the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force.

A lawyer, she worked for the Senior Equity Partner in the Litigation & Conflict Resolution Group at Mayer Brown LLP.[3]

Mayor of ChicagoEdit

CampaignEdit

On May 10, 2018, Lori Lightfoot announced her candidacy for Mayor of Chicago in the 2019 Mayoral Election.[4] Lightfoot is the first openly-lesbian candidate in the history of Chicago.[5] She, along with Toni Preckwinkle, advanced to the runoff election on April 2.[6]

On April 2, 2019 Lori Lightfoot was elected the next mayor of Chicago, becoming the first African-American woman and openly lesbian individual elected to lead the country's third-most populous city.[7] She won 77% of the vote versus Preckwinkle's 23%.

TenureEdit

Lightfoot took office on May 20, 2019.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Lightfoot resides in the Logan Square neighborhood on Chicago's North Side.[9] She is married to Amy Eshleman. They have an adopted daughter named Vivian who was eleven at the time Lightfoot was elected mayor.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "The Latest: Lightfoot says election is a movement for change". Associated Press. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 3, 2019 – via The Washington Post.
  2. "New Face and Longtime Politician Vying for Chicago Mayor". Associated Press. April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 3, 2019 – via WTTW.
  3. Dardick, Hal. "Lightfoot on Emanuel challenge: She'll be progressive candidate who makes City Hall serve everyone". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  4. "Lori Lightfoot running for Chicago mayor". ABC7 Chicago. 2018-05-10. Retrieved 2018-07-21.
  5. Staff, GoPride com News. "Lightfoot to become first openly lesbian candidate for Chicago mayor". ChicagoPride.com. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  6. "Live updates: Bill Daley concedes in Chicago mayoral race, as Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle emerge from crowded field". The Chicago Tribune. February 26, 2019.
  7. CNN, Madison Park and Steve Almasy. "The first African-American female mayor in Chicago history will be Lori Lightfoot". CNN. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
  8. Silets, Alexandra (September 17, 2018). "Could Another Daley Become Mayor of Chicago?". WTTW News. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  9. "Lori Lightfoot: A Potential Mayor Out of a Logan Square Resident". LoganSquarist. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  10. https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/lori-lightfoot-plans-to-tap-lgbt-voting-bloc-to-make-history-and-reach-city-hall/

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