Jesus (Chuy) G. Garcia (D-USH04)
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Capitol: 202.225.8203
FAX: 202.225.7810
District: 773.342.0774
District FAX: 773.342.0776
Representative
Room 530 CHOB- Cannon House Office Building 25 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-1304

Residence: Chicago, IL
Elected: 2018    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Evelyn   DOB: 4/12/1956
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairFuture of Transportation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional New Americans Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States
MemberHouse Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Aviation
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
MemberHouse Committee on Natural Resources
MemberHouse Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
MemberHouse Committee on Financial Services
FC MemberCongressional Progressive Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Cook

Bio

U.S. Representative Jesus G. "Chuy" Garcia proudly represents the Fourth Congressional District of Illinois. He was sworn into office on January 3, 2019, during the 116th Congress.

Throughout his career, Congressman Garcia has been a progressive voice fighting to improve the lives of his working-class neighbors, many of whom are immigrants like him. He is a coalition builder committed to empowering youth and expanding access to quality education, affordable housing, and economic opportunity.

He currently serves as a member of the influential Financial Services Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), the Congressional Equality Caucus, Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, and New Americans Caucus. He is also the founder the Future of Transportation Caucus. Congressman Garcia was born in Los Pinos, a small village in the Mexican state of Durango. He is the youngest of four children raised by his mother while his father worked in the United States, first under the WWII-era bracero program and later at a cold-storage plant in Chicago. In 1965, Congressman Garcia and his family immigrated to the United States with permanent resident status. He still remembers his first American meal- a bologna sandwich from a roadside diner in Texas.

Prior to his election to Congress in November of 2018, Congressman Garcia was a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. As Commissioner, he opposed housing discrimination against disadvantaged communities, raised the minimum wage, and mandated that County employees have access to paid sick leave. He also passed an ordinance ending Cook County's cooperation with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). The measure was the first of its kind in the nation and set an example followed by more than 250 localities.

Congressman Garcia began organizing for workers' rights and more inclusive city services during his college years at University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC). He first entered political life in 1984, when he was elected Committeeman of the Cook County Democratic Party. He quickly earned recognition as a coalition builder between Chicago's Latino and African American communities.

Soon afterward, Congressman Garcia was elected to represent Chicago's 22nd Ward on the City Council. During his time as Alderman, Congressman Garcia prevented non-attorney immigration practitioners from levying unreasonable fees. In 1986, he became the Chairman for the Council's Committee on Aviation, where he helped implement the Automated Guideway Transit (ATG) at O'Hare International Airport.

Mr. Garcia also served as State Senator of Illinois' 1st District. In 1993, he passed the Language Assistance Services Act, which requires hospitals and long-term care facilities to provide resources for effective communication with limited-English-speaking and deaf patients.

In 2015, Congressman Garcia became the first Chicago mayoral candidate to push a sitting mayor into a run-off.

Congressman Garcia still lives in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago with his beloved wife Evelyn and has three adult children.








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