Luis V. Gutiérrez, of Puerto Rican descent and born Dec. 10, 1953, in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, has been the US Representative for Illinois's 4th congressional district since 1993. From 1986 until his election to Congress he served as a member of the Chicago City Council representing the 26th ward. He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Gutiérrez was the first Latino to be elected to Congress from the Midwest.
Gutiérrez is known as a civil rights leader, supporting workers' rights, gender equality, and LGBTQ rights among other things. His supporters call him "El Gallito Rebelde" [the rebellious little rooster] and "El Gallito" [the little fighting rooster], because of his energetic and passionate fight for the rights of minorities, especially Latinos. He has also been called the Martin Luther King figure of the Latino community.
Trina Otero • Culture & Politics Writer