b. April 12, 1963
Chicago, 6th Ward Alderman (2011-)
Chicago, 6th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2012-)
The son of Acting Mayor Eugene Sawyer, the city’s only unelected mayor, Roderick Sawyer, returned the Sawyer family back to politics by narrowly defeating incumbent Freddrenna Lyle, a Richard M. Daley-loyalist in 2011. Sawyer is a member of the Progressive Caucus and the Chair of the Black Caucus since 2015. Relatively quiet in Council meetings during his first term, he has become considerably more vocal since becoming Black Caucus Chair, leading the group's calls for then-Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's resignation and for expedited police reform.
Sawyer's juxtaposition between the Black Caucus and progressives regularly puts his name into the mix of possible 2019 mayoral candidates.
Sawyer volunteered on Leslie Hairston’s (5) first campaign for alderman in 1999 and lent a hand to Barack Obama’s failed 2000 Congressional campaign against Cong. Bobby Rush, but did not participate in his U.S. Senate or presidential campaigns. He is a graduate of St. Ignatius Prep, DePaul University and earned a J.D. from Kent College of Law.
Current Chicago City Council Committees:
- Committee on Budget and Government Operations
- Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
- Committee on Education and Child Development
- Committee on Finance
- Committee on Human Relations
- Committee on License and Consumer Protection
- Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
- Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation, Vice Chairman