Longtime U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, a Democratic party leader on efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, announced on Tuesday that he’s retiring after 13 terms in office and won’t seek re-election next year.
“Life to me is like a novel, there’s only a certain number of chapters,” said a tearful Gutierrez at a press conference in Chicago announcing his departure from the House on Tuesday.
Gutierrez said he would now be throwing his support behind Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to run for his seat to “give new life to the agenda in Washington, D.C.” someone who Gutierrez described as being a “champion here in Chicago but on a national level too.”
“I’d be a candidate for re-eelction in the 4th congressional district if Jesus Garcia had not agreed to run,” said Gutierrez.
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