Raymond Lopez

A politician with community roots

Age: 39

Title: 15th Ward Alderman

Name of Organization: City of Chicago

Bio: Raymond Lopez got his start in politics young. At 18, he became a precinct captain for U.S. Rep. Bill Lipinski. By age 20, he was leading marches against prostitution along Cicero Avenue. A year later, he was elected to serve as a community representative on the Local School Council at Kennedy High School.

In 2011, at age 33, Lopez ran for alderman of the 20th Ward against the incumbent, Toni Foulkes, and forced a run-off election. A year later, Lopez ran unopposed for Democratic Committeeman. After a ward re-map that saw a shift in demographics, Lopez ran again for City Council in 2015 against five challengers. He won in a run-off election with 58 percent of the vote. Prior to becoming the 15th Ward alderman, Lopez worked for Southwest Airlines for 12 years.

Lopez is a graduate of St. Camillus Elementary and St. Laurence High School. He majored in political science and teaching English literature at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He maintains deep ties to the Back of the Yards community, where his grandparents and great-grandparents grew up.

Lopez currently lives with his husband of 11 years, Hugo, and their seven dogs in Brighton Park.