Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

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Carlos Ramirez-Rosa

Chicago, 35th Ward Alderman (2015-)
Chicago, 35th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2016-)

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Lifelong Chicagoan Carlos Ramirez-Rosa came to City Council at 26 years old after defeating longtime Alderman Rey Colon in a newly redistricted 35th Ward. He garnered 67 percent of the vote in the general election–a majority in every precinct–and had the support of recently-elected State Rep. Will Guzzardi. Before his election to the Council, Rosa was a community organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and a former congressional caseworker for Cong. Luis Gutierrez. He also served as Community Representative to the Avondale-Logandale Local School Council.

A Chicago Public Schools and University of Illinois graduate, Ramirez-Rosa is one of the first openly gay Latino members of City Council (alongside Ald. Raymond Lopez) and is currently its youngest member. Mirroring a deeply ingrained Chicago ethnic polarity, Rosa is half Mexican, half Puerto Rican. He is a member of the LGBT Caucus.

Rosa has also earned a reputation as one of the most outspoken members of the Progressive Caucus, but not necessarily a leading voice. Outwardly ambitious, he has broken the norms of being a quiet freshman alderman, which has rubbed some other Council members the wrong way.

In August 2017, Rosa spent a whirlwind six days as the lieutenant governor running mate to Democratic governor candidate Daniel Biss, only to be unceremoniously dumped by Biss. A conflict arose when Biss supporters learned that Rosa supported the Democratic Socialists of America's endorsement of the Boycott-Disinvest-Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Biss' North Shore Jewish base was offended by Rosa's position, and began to withdraw support. Biss quickly dumped Rosa and named Litesa Wallace as his new running mate.

A darling of the left and Democratic Socialists nationally, Rosa was often talked about for higher office, including as a possible successor to Gutierrez. When Gutierrez announced his retirement, Rosa quickly mobilized a run, but dropped out a few weeks later when polling showed any votes he gained would chip away at mentor Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's. It was the second campaign Rosa launched and dropped in less than one year.

Current Chicago City Council Committees:

  • Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
  • Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
  • Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
  • Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
  • Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation
  • Committee on Workforce Development and Audit

Important Political Events

  • 2015, Elected 35th Ward Alderman, defeating Ald. Rey Colon in a runoff
  • 2016, Elected 35th Ward Democratic Committeeman, unopposed, replacing Nancy Schiavone
  • 2017, Named running mate to Democratic governor candidate Daniel Biss, then replaced on ticket
  • 2017, Announced run for 4th Congressional District, then withdrew