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Luis V. Gutierrez
Luis V. Gutierrez.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 4
In office
January 3, 1993
Years in position 22
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last election2010
First elected1992
Next general2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Chicago City Council, 26th ward
Deputy Director, City of Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation
Bachelor'sNortheastern Illinois University
Date of birthDecember 10, 1953
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Luis Vicente Gutiérrez (b. December 10, 1953) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Gutierrez was elected by voters from Illinois' 4th congressional district. Gutierrez ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1] No candidates filed to run in the Republican primary, thereby almost guaranteeing Gutierrez an unopposed race in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gutierrez is a "lonely far-left Democrat".[2]


Gutierrez was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 10, 1953 and later moved to Puerto Rico, his parent's birthplace, before returning to Chicago to attend college. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 1977 with a degree in English and worked as a teacher, social worker, cab driver, community activist, and city official until his election in 1986 as Alderman from the city's 26th ward.[3]


  • 1986-1992: Chicago City Council, 26th ward[3]
  • 1984-1985: Deputy Director, City of Chicago Department of Streets & Sanitation[3]
  • 1993-Present: United States House of Representatives, Illinois' 4th Congressional District

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives




See also: Illinois' 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Gutierrez was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 4th District. Guitierrez won against opponents Jorge Zavala and Hector Concepcion.[5] Gutierrez is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Gutierrez ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. No candidates filed to run in the Republican primary, so Gutierrez will most likely run unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.

On March 30, 2012 the [[Illinois' 4th congressional district|4th district was included in a list released by the National Journal of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [6]

U.S. House, Illinois' 4th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLuis Gutierrez Incumbent 100% 30,908
Jorge Zavala 0% 6
Total Votes 30,914


On November 2, 2010, Gutierrez won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Israel Vasquez (R) and Robert J. Burns (G) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 4th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLuis V. Gutierrez Incumbent 77.4% 63,273
     Republican Israel Vasquez 14.3% 11,711
     Green Robert J. Burns 8.3% 6,808
Total Votes 81,792

Campaign donors


Luis V. Gutierrez (2012)[8] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[9]April 9, 2012$40,729.94$0.00$(5,201.34)$35,528.60
July Quarterly[10]July 15, 2012$409,938.04$22,500$(65,031.41)$367,406.63
October Quarterly[11]October 15, 2012$367,406.63$68,136.50$(63,886.32)$371,656.81
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Gutierrez's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Gutierrez won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Gutierrez's campaign committee raised a total of $512,939 and spent $378,842 .[12]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Gutierrez paid his congressional staff a total of $1,066,740 in 2011. He ranks 115th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 98th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gutierrez's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,053,014 and $2,496,000. That averages to $1,774,507, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.[14]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Luis V. Gutierrez voted with the Democratic Party 92 of the time, which ranked 112 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[15]


Gutierrez and his wife Soraida have two daughters, Omaira and Jessica, and a grandson, Luisito. [3]

External links


Political offices
Preceded by
George E. Sangmeister
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 4
Succeeded by