Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is a dynamic and progressive leader who has selflessly fought to improve the lives of all people residing in Chicago.
First elected to the Chicago City Council in 1986 as a reformer and supporter of Mayor Harold Washington, Jesus Garcia helped give Mayor Washington a majority in the City Council to enact progressive legislation. He was among Mayor Washington's most trusted allies. Chuy's fight for justice did not stop after the Mayor died.
In 1992, Jesus Garcia was elected and served two terms as State Senator. As the first-ever Mexican-American elected to the State Senate, Chuy pushed forth a broad range of legislation to benefit the working families of his district.
On November 3, 2009, Jesus Garcia announced his candidacy for Cook County Commissioner of the 7th District to usher in a new era of reform, accountability, transparency, and efficiency in government for the benefit of working people. His campaign theme: Clean it up, make it work.
Jesus Garcia earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and went on to acquire a Masters degree in Urban Planning. Advocacy of justice and equal opportunity led Jesus Garcia to work first as a paralegal, and then as a community organizer and at a community-based housing organization. He was the Founding Executive Director of Enlace Chicago (a leading non-profit community development organization in Little Village, formerly known as LVCDC).
Chuy served as a Fellow at De Paul University and as adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Departments of Political Science and Latino and Latin American Studies. Chuy serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the Latino Policy Forum, a public policy and advocacy center, where he was the Founding President. He recently served as Chairman of the Board of the Woods Fund of Chicago whose goal is to increase opportunities for less advantaged people and communities throughout Chicago.
Emigrating with his parents from Durango, Mexico at the age of ten, Jesus Garcia has lived since then in the communities of Pilsen and Little Village. Today, Jesus Chuy Garcia lives in Little Village with his wife Evelyn and dog Mia. He has an adult daughter Rosa, two adult sons, Jesus and Samuel, and three grandchildren.