Mayor Lori Lightfoot Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 2019-2023

  • Democratic Party
  • Non-partisan primary election February 26, 2019, resulted in run-off general election with Toni Preckwinkle, having defeated Gery Chico, William M. Daley, Amara Enyia, La Shawn K. Ford, Robert “Bob” Fioretti, Jerry Joyce, John Kenneth Kozlar, Garry McCarthy, Susana A. Mendoza, Neal Sales-Griffin, Paul Vallas and Willie L. Wilson
  • Elected 56th mayor of Chicago on April 2, 2019 in general election, defeating Toni Preckwinkle
  • Chicago's first African American female mayor and first openly gay mayor
  • Inauguration: May 20, 2019


  • Born August 4, 1962 in Massillon, Ohio
  • Graduated from University of Michigan in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in political science
  • Graduated from University of Chicago in 1989 with a Juris Doctor
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, Northern District of Illinois, 1996-2002
  • Chief Administrator, Chicago Police Department Office of Professional Standards, 2002-2004
  • Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, July 2004-February 2005
  • Acting First Deputy Procurement Officer, City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services, February 2005-October 2005
  • President, Chicago Police Board, 2015-2018
  • Co-chair, Chicago Police Accountability Task Force, 2016


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