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Report: Major Democratic opponent of Trump will not seek re-election

In a report from Politico, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said he will not seek re-election. Gutierrez was a political opponent of President Donald Trump. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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.

“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.

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.

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