According to a report from Politico, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) will not be seeking re-election to his office when his term runs out this year.
A Trump opponent and amnesty advocate
Gutierrez has made headlines recently for being a vociferous opponent of President Donald Trump. He was one of six Democrats who called for Trump's impeachment just two weeks ago.
"Judiciary Comm should be focused on investigating Trump & preparing for inevitable impeachment proceedings that wi… https://t.co/fnjElIVFZH— Luis V. Gutierrez (@Luis V. Gutierrez) 1495665144.0
“The U.S. Congress, and specifically, the Judiciary Committee on which I set with Rep. Steve Cohen, is the place where impeachment starts and if we failed to file these articles of impeachment, we would be failing at doing our jobs,” Gutierrez said at the time.
He is known as a fiery advocate of immigration reform that includes amnesty for illegal immigrants, and has been arrested in demonstrations defending "Dreamers," illegal immigrants who were brought into the country as minors. In March, he was arrested for protesting for illegal immigrants outside of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) offices.
The undocumented are a part of our families, live in our neighborhoods, attend our churches, and are in classrooms with our children.— Luis V. Gutierrez (@Luis V. Gutierrez) 1424963192.0
In the dark of night Republicans are voting to deport DREAMers, take away the DACA program, and make every undocumented immigrant deportable— Luis V. Gutierrez (@Luis V. Gutierrez) 1406940694.0
He's held the office for 24 years since 1993.
Who will replace Gutierrez?
Politico reports that former Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is already circulating petitions for the election to replace Gutierrez. Another possibility is Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, the alderman for Chicago's 35th Ward.
Confirmation that Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa, Joe Moreno and Cook County Comish Chuy Garcia to circulate petitions to… https://t.co/LD3wK9Gkak— Paris Schutz (@Paris Schutz) 1511838897.0