Luis Gutierrez

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Luis Gutierrez ()
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Luís Vicente Gutiérrez is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 4th District of Illinois since 1993.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 0 - 0/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 100 - 20/20 90 - 18/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 44 - 8/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Gutierrez voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Gutierrez has been a strong supporter of increased environmental protection throughout his career, consistently supporting legislation strengthening environmental protections. [1] His support of the environment has earned him the endorsement of the Sierra Club in recent elections, and high approval ratings from pro-environment interest groups such as the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund and the League of Conservation Voters. [2]


Gutierrez has consistently taken a liberal stance on abortion issues, voting in favor of the right of women to have abortions since he took office in 1993. [3] Gutierrez has continually received 100% approval ratings from pro-choice interest groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Likewise, he has always received 0% approval ratings from anti-abortion groups such as the National Right to Life Committee. [4]

Civil liberties

Gutierrez has been a proponent of expanded civil liberties throughout his career. One notable instance where Gutierrez voted to support civil liberties was his vote against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. [5] Reflecting this support of civil liberties has been Gutierrez's consistent high approval ratings by the American Civil Liberties Union, an organization that supports the protection of civil liberties. [6]


Gutierrez has been a strong supporter of public education. He has consistently voted to expand federal support of education, especially by improving federal loans for college and making education more accessible for those with financial need. He supported the No Child Left Behind Act. Furthermore, he ahs opposed the expansion of federal education financing for for-profit educational institutions. [7] Representative Gutierrez's support of public education has been confirmed by his consistently high approval ratings by pro-public education organizations such as the National Parent Teacher Association and the National Education Association. [8]


Regarding immigration, Gutierrez has supported expanding rights for immigrants and has opposed legislation to tighten immigration regulations. [9] Not surprisingly, Gutierrez's reluctance to restrict and tighten immigration has earned him 0% approval ratings from the U.S. Border Control and high approval ratings from the liberal American Immigration Lawyers Association. [10]

STRIVE immigration bill

On March 22, 2007, Gutierrez and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) introduced a comprehensive bill similar to the McCain-Kennedy proposal passed in the Senate in 2006, called the Security Through Regularized Immigration and a Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007 (H.R.1645). The bill called for a more expansive “guest-worker” program, something heavily advocated by President George W. Bush. [2]

Main article: STRIVE Act of 2007


Gutierrez has been a steady opponent of the Iraq War. He voted against authorizing the Iraq War at its inception; he felt then and stil believes that the war is misguided and that a pre-emptive strike was unnecessary. Recently, he has opposed the increased troop levels espoused by President Bush. [11]]


Gutiérrez was born December 10, 1953 in Chicago. He was educated at Northeastern Illinois University, and was a teacher (1975-77), social worker (1979-1983) with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and a member of the Chicago Board of Aldermen (1986-1992) before entering the House. He also served as an Advisor for Chicago Mayor, Harold Washington (1983-86).

Congressional career

Of Puerto Rican descent, Gutiérrez is a supporter of Puerto Rican independence , the Vieques movement, and other progressive causes. He is a member of the US Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The fourth Congressional District is one of the most strangely drawn in the county. It includes two majority Hispanic parts of Chicago on opposite sides of the city, and is only connected by a piece of Interstate 294, which is in the district while the surronding areas are not.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Republicans nominated Ann Melichar to face Gutierrez in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [12] Gutierrez retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Illinois superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Luis Gutierrez, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Border Health$ 10,000
Deloitte LLP$ 10,000
National Assn of Realtors$ 9,000
AT&T Inc$ 8,000
American Assn for Justice$ 6,500
Accenture$ 6,000
Intel Corp$ 6,000
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees$ 5,500
Cantu Construction$ 5,200
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 5,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Luis Gutierrez
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)


More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Luis Gutierrez. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2266 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-8203 Fax: 202-225-7810
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District offices
  • 3455 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
    Ph: 773-384-1655 Fax: (none entered)
  • 1310 West 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
    Ph: 312-666-3882 Fax: (none entered)
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  • 2145 West Churchill Street, Chicago, IL 60647
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