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Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL)

U.S. House of Representatives
Now in his 12th term, Luis V. Gutiérrez is the senior member of the Illinois delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is an experienced legislator and energetic spokesman on behalf of his constituents in Illinois’s Fourth District in the heart of Chicago, who first elected him to his seat in 1992.

Representative Gutiérrez is nationally recognized for his tireless leadership championing of issues that are of particular importance to Latino and immigrant communities. For more than a dozen years, he has been at the center of every major legislative debate on immigration reform and immigration issues

He played an instrumental role in advocating for executive action by President Obama to provide deportation relief to certain long-term undocumented immigrants and their families. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects from deportation some immigrants brought to the United States as children. Also, a series of executive actions announced in 2014 are partly the result of Representative Gutiérrez’s consistent and persistent advocacy in Washington. But beyond advocating for these initiatives, the Congressman has worked hard in Chicago and around the country to help immigrants apply for these deportation protections that keep families together.

Highlights:
Dean of the Illinois Delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives  Chairman, Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence / Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence Subcommittee Judiciary Committee / Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee Judiciary Committee / Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security SubcommitteeFinancial Services Committee (leave of absence during 113th and 114th Congresses)Author or coauthor of numerous bills, including immigration bills like the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act (H.R. 2330), the first bicameral, bipartisan comprehensive reform bill, in 2005 At the beginning of the 113th Congress in January 2013, Representative Gutiérrez took a leave of absence from the House Financial Services Committee, where he was the third ranking Democrat, to take a less senior position on the Judiciary Committee. He did this so he could work directly on two signature issues that have defined his career: gun violence prevention and comprehensive immigration reform.

Representative Gutiérrez was born and raised in Chicago to parents who had migrated to Chicago from Puerto Rico in the early 1950s. He previously served as an Alderman in the City of Chicago and has been a teacher, a social worker, and a cab driver, among other diverse experiences.