Chicago, 28th Ward Alderman (2011-)
Chicago, 28th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2012-)
Appointed to finish mentor Ed Smith’s term in January 2011, Jason Ervin, was elected to the City Council a month later. He previously served as Maywood’s village manager for Smith’s political allies, Maywood Mayor Henderson Yarbrough and his wife Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough. Ervin’s predecessor, Smith, held his position for 27 years, longer than any elected African-American official in Cook County. Working with most of Smith’s old campaign crew, Ervin managed to knock all eight of his challengers off the 2015 ballot and stood unopposed in February.
While he has been largely supportive of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's policies, Ervin has stood out from other aldermen in his aggressiveness towards former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy as well as his calls for increased police transparency. In addition, during the October 2015 budget hearings, when Chair Carrie Austin was hospitalized, Ervin managed the hearings well as Vice Chair, encouraging speculation that if Austin were to retire, Ervin would become Budget Chair. Again in 2016, Austin skipped most of the budget process, allowing Ervin to run most of the meetings.
Ervin, whose father was a Chicago Police District Commander, is a CPA with an MPA from Governors State University and a degree from SIU-Carbondale.
Current Chicago City Council Committees:
- Committee on Budget and Government Operations, Vice Chair
- Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
- Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
- Committee on Education and Child Development
- Committee on Finance
- Committee on Human Relations, Vice Chair
- Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety
- Committee Transportation and Public Way