Mayor Richard M. Daley Biography

Richard M. Daley photo
Chicago. Comptroller’s Office. Annual Report. 2008.

Mayor of Chicago, 1989-2011

  • Democratic Party
  • Elected in non-partisan elections in 1999, 2003 and 2007
  • Won primary election February 28, 1989, defeating Sheila A. Jones, Eugene Sawyer and James Taylor
  • Elected 54th mayor of Chicago April 4, 1989; defeated Timothy C. Evans (Harold Washington Party) and Edward R. Vrdolyak (Republican) in general election
  • Won primary election February 26, 1991, defeating Jane Byrne, Danny K. Davis and Sheila A. Jones
  • Elected to second term as mayor April 2, 1991; defeated George S. Gottlieb (Republican), R. Eugene Pincham (Harold Washington Party) and James Warren (Socialist Workers Party) in general election
  • Won primary election February 28, 1995, defeating Joseph E. Gardner and Sheila A. Jones
  • Elected to third term as mayor April 4, 1995; defeated Roland Burris (Independent), Lawrence Redmond (Harold Washington Party) and Ray Wardingley (Republican) in general election
  • Won primary non-partisan election February 23, 1999, defeating Bobby L. Rush
  • Elected to fourth term as mayor April 13, 1999; general election not held due to winning majority in primary
  • Won primary non-partisan election February 25, 2003, defeating Paul Jakes, Jr., Joseph McAffee and Patricia McAllister
  • General election not held due to winning majority in the primary (fifth term)
  • Won primary non-partisan election February 27, 2007; defeating Dorothy A. Brown and William Walls, III.
  • General election not held due to winning majority in the primary (sixth term)
  • Inauguration to first term: April 24, 1989
  • Inauguration to second term: May 6, 1991
  • Inauguration to third term: May 1, 1995
  • Inauguration to fourth term: March 1, 1999 (oath of office)
  • Inauguration to fifth term: May 5, 2003
  • Inauguration to sixth term: May 24, 2007

Biographical

  • Born April 24, 1942 in Chicago
  • Elected to the Illinois Constitutional Convention in 1969
  • Married Miss Margaret A. Corbett of Mount Lebanon, Pa. in 1972; together they had four children.
  • Elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1972
  • Elected state’s attorney of Cook County in 1980, twice re-elected

Sources

  • "Daley's Son Marries in Pittsburgh." Chicago Tribune, March 26, 1972, p. 3.
  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
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