Mayor Brandon Johnson Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 2023-

  • Democratic Party
  • Non-partisan primary election February 28th, 2023, resulted in run-off general election with Paul Vallas, having defeated Kambium Buckner, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Ja’Mal Green, Sophia King, former Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Roderick Sawyer, and Willie L. Wilson.
  • Elected 57th mayor of Chicago on April 4, 2023 in general election, defeating Paul Vallas.
  • Chicago’s fourth African American mayor and second mayor from the West Side
  • Inauguration: May 15, 2023


  • Born March 27, 1976 in Elgin, Illinois
  • Graduated from Aurora University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services, Youth Development Programming and Management, 2004
  • Graduated from Aurora University with a master’s degree in Teaching, 2007
  • Cook County Commissioner, 1st District, 2018-2023
  • Organizer, Chicago Teachers Union Local 1, 2011-
  • Social Studies Teacher, Westinghouse College Prep, 2010-2018
  • Social Studies Teacher, Jenner Academy, 2007-2010
  • Chief of Staff, Illinois State Representative Deborah L. Graham 2005-2007
  • Constituent Service Director, Illinois State Senator Don Harmon 2003-2004


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