Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García is the representative for Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District. He has served in various roles in Chicago and Illinois government since 1984, including most recently as a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He previously served in the Illinois State Senate and the Chicago City Council. Rep. García emerged as a progressive leader during his 2015 campaign for mayor of Chicago, and though he ultimately lost, the strength of his campaign forced the race to a runoff—the first since 1999. In 2018, he ran to succeed longtime Fourth District incumbent Luis Gutiérrez, and was easily elected with nearly 87 percent of the vote. Born in Mexico, Rep. García immigrated to the US in 1965, and in various elected roles has advocated for workers’ rights, affordable housing, and empowering youth. Rep. García currently sits on the House Financial Services Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
Congressman García supports a two-state solution, with the US playing an even-handed role in negotiations. In his view, any action by the US to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem should have been part of a final, mutually-agreed-upon resolution to the conflict. Rep. García has pledged to support US assistance to secure both the Israeli and the Palestinian economies and self-governing capacities. He is a cosponsor of House Resolution 326, which reaffirms Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.