Lori Lightfoot

Born:August 4, 1962 (age 60)
Career:Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, 2019-present
Chicago Police Board and Police Accountability Task Force, 2015-2018
Chicago Police Department Office of Professional Standards, 2002-2004
Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1996-2002
Education:B.A., University of Michigan
J.D., University of Chicago Law School

Lori Elaine Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago, Illinois, on May 20, 2019. She is the first openly gay and the first African American woman to be mayor of Chicago.

Lightfoot was born on August 4, 1962, in Massillon, Ohio. She attended the University of Michigan where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1984. Lightfoot then attended the University of Chicago Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1989. Afterward, she practiced law at a private law firm before going into public service.

From 1996 to 2002, Lightfoot served as assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Following that position, she was appointed as chief administrator of the Chicago Police Department Office of Professional Standards. In 2015, Lightfoot was appointed president of the Chicago Police Board and Police Accountability Task Force by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In 2018, she resigned in order to run for mayor.

As mayor, Lightfoot has taken on issues such as affordable housing, police brutality, immigration and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. On October 14, 2019, she created an affordable housing task force. In May 2019, Lightfoot began working with the city council to reduce gun violence and reform the Chicago Police Department through civilian oversight. Her community policing initiative took effect in June 2019. Also in June, Lightfoot announced that the Chicago Police Department would not participate or aid in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lightfoot has worked alongside Illinois Governor Pritzker establishing strict rules in an attempt to diminish the effect of the pandemic in Chicago.