After serving in Congress since 1993, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez announced Tuesday he is not seeking re-election in 2018. He was Illinois' first latino U.S. representative in the C-shaped 4th District, a contentious map drawn to bring together Hispanic support and ultimately upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. Before Congress, Gutierrez served on the Chicago City Council for seven years. Here are key moments in the Chicago native's political rise and career.
Born Dec. 10 in Chicago and raised in Lincoln Park, the first of two children. His father drove a taxi and his mother worked in a factory.
The family moves back to Puerto Rico after Gutierrez's first year of high school. He begins his college education at the University of Puerto Rico.
Transfers to Northeastern Illinois University.
Graduates from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in English. Returns to Puerto Rico and marries while starting to teach elementary school. He now has two daughters.
Moves back to Chicago and works as a social worker with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
Runs unsuccessfully for Democratic committeeman in 32nd Ward. Later is hired by Mayor Harold Washington's office to work on infrastructure.
After moving to the 26th Ward and building a political organization, Gutierrez runs for City Council backed by Washington. He wins a close and controversial race, giving Washington control of the council.
Gutierrez controversially backs Richard M. Daley in run for mayor.
After a contentious redistricting battle that includes an Illinois Supreme Court ruling, newly drawn congressional districts create the C-shaped 4th District that weaves together Latino voters.
Gutierrez wins the U.S. House seat, the first Hispanic from the Midwest elected to Congress.
After up-and-down rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court rules the 4th District can stand, signaling a willingness to accept some districts carefully drawn to favor minorities.
First elected official to sponsor the DREAM Act for immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally with their parents.
Tribune's "Neighborhoods for Sale" investigation details how Gutierrez received a $200,000 loan from a developer and wrote a letter to Mayor Richard M. Daley on U.S House stationery lobbying for the developer's project. Gutierrez says the loan and the lobbying were unconnected. The developer was later convicted of bribing a West Side alderman.
Gutierrez supports the election of Barack Obama as president but quickly becomes an Obama antagonist by complaining that immigration reform is on the back burner. Obama will fully embrace the issue later in his presidency.
Gutierrez endorses Gery Chico for mayor, but Rahm Emanuel prevails.
Gutierrez serves as campaign co-chair for Emanuel's re-election bid, opposing Latino candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who mounts a strong challenge but falls short in a runoff.
A day after filing paperwork for the March 20 primary, Gutierrez announces he won't seek re-election in 2018.
Sources: U.S. Government Publishing Office, U.S. House of Representatives, Chicago Tribune reporting
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