Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is a bold progressive leader running to replace retiring Congressman Luis Gutierrez. As a former staffer to Congressman Luis Gutierrez, a community organizer, and now Chicago Alderman, Carlos has strongly fought for our progressive ideals by taking on tough challenges, and winning.
As a community organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Carlos fought to keep families safe from deportation and win President Obama’s historic executive action to protect certain undocumented immigrants from deportation. Carlos became the first openly gay Latino elected to the Chicago City Council after taking on an entrenched twelve-year incumbent, and winning two-to-one. As a Chicago Alderman, Carlos has been a strong progressive voice for our working families, demonstrating time and again that he's not afraid to take on the establishment to fight for our progressive ideals. When Mayor Emanuel pushed a massive property tax increase, Carlos voted no and fought for property tax relief, winning a property tax rebate for Chicago's working families. When Carlos saw that the City of Chicago wasn't doing enough to protect undocumented families from President Trump's deportation regime, Carlos worked alongside undocumented immigrant activists to strengthen city protections for immigrant families and to win a $1 million per year legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants facing deportation.
As our next Congressman, Carlos will be a bold progressive leader in Washington, DC that vigorously opposes President Trump and fights for the progressive policies that will uplift our working families, including medicare for all, free college tuition, stopping deportations, and a $15 living wage. In this political climate, we need to elect bold progressive leaders like Carlos to stand up for working families, seniors, and the most vulnerable in our community, and to build the next generation of bold progressive leadership.
Carlos is the proud son of a Puerto Rican migrant father, and a Mexican immigrant mother. He is a product of our public schools, having received his high school diploma from Chicago's Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Read what others are saying about Carlos:
- The Nation - "This Chicago Politician Is Showing How To Govern From The Left" (2017)
- Mother Jones - "This Chicago Politician Is Ready to Resist Donald Trump's Deportation Fervor" (2017)
- Chicago Magazine - "Emerging Power Players: Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, The Organizer" (2017)
- Crain's Chicago Business - "20 in their 20s: Why Carlos Is Someone To Know" (2016)
- Chicago Tribune - "Chicago's youngest alderman is a Millennial, backs LGBT agenda - and isn't hanging with Rahm" (2015)
- DNAinfo Chicago - "Meet Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, the 26-Year-Old Who Stormed Onto City Council" (2015)