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Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) (L) meets members of the immigrant community during a rally on immigration in Washington on June 27, 2007. The Senate restarted debate on the immigration bill yesterday. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Luis Vicente Gutiérrez (born December 10, 1953) is an American politician and the current U.S. Representative for Illinois's 4th congressional district, serving since 1993. Gutiérrez was the first Latino to be elected to Congress from the Midwest. From 1986 until his election to Congress he served as a member of the Chicago City Council representing the 26th ward. He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He is recognized as the "national leader on comprehensive immigration reform," and the top Latino elected official in the United States of America.

Of Puerto Rican descent, he is a supporter of Puerto Rican independence, and the Vieques movement. Gutiérrez is also an outspoken advocate of workers' rights, LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and other liberal and progressive causes. His supporters have given him the nickname El Gallito - the little fighting rooster - in reference to his fiery oratory and political prowess.

Gutiérrez was born and raised in the Lincoln park neighborhood of Chicago, then an immigrant and working class community. His mother was an assembly-line worker and his father was a cab driver. After his freshman year at St. Michael's High School his parents decided to move the family to their hometown of San Sebastián, Puerto Rico. Gutiérrez, who had never before visited the island, reluctantly followed his parents; there he learned to speak Spanish. Gutiérrez said of his experience moving from Chicago to Puerto Rico: "In Lincoln Park, I had been called a spic, then all of a sudden I land on the island and everyone calls me gringo and Americanito. I learned to speak Spanish well."

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