Chicago, 2nd Ward Alderman (2015-)
The 2nd Ward is Chicago's most egregiously gerrymandered ward, an elongated, east-west oriented district with some portions that are only a block or two wide. The district takes portions of many of Chicago's wealthiest neighborhoods, the Gold Coast, Old Town, Bucktown and Ukrainian Village. The ward, originally in the South and West Loop, was redistricted in 2014 as punishment for then-Alderman Robert Fioretti, a leader of the Council Progressive Caucus and a constant thorn in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's side. With his ward moved miles north from its original home, and with incumbency eliminated, Fioretti opted to run a quixotic campaign for mayor instead, making the 2nd Ward an open seat in the 2015 campaign.
Brian Hopkins, then 53, emerged from a crowded field of candidates in the gerrymandered ward and beat his runoff opponent, attorney Alyx Pattison, with 56% of the vote.
While his 2015 election was his first run for public office, Hopkins has worked in government for most of his life. After graduating from the University of Illinois-Springfield, he interned for the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee. He later assisted President Bill Clinton’s 1992 Transition Committee, worked on Dawn Clark Netsch’s 1994 campaign for Governor, and for the past two decades, served as the chief of staff for Cook County Commissioner John Daley.
Since election, Hopkins has been building a reputation as a consensus builder. Soon after taking office he hired one of his 2015 aldermanic opponents, Steve Niketopoulos, and instead of running for 2nd Ward Democratic Committeeman, he supported Tim Egan, a one-time 43rd Ward aldermanic candidate who had since been redistricted into the 2nd Ward. Egan also boasts a close relationship with 14th Ward powerhouse Ald. Ed Burke. Niketopoulos has since moved on to another city government position.
Hopkins has long been active in his neighborhood; he served as president, vice president, and treasurer of the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR).
Current Chicago City Council Committees:
- Committee on Budget and Government Operations
- Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
- Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
- Committee on Human Relations
- Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
- Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation
Important Political Events
- 2015, Elected 2nd Ward Alderman, replacing Robert Fioretti