Lightfoot, Lori Elaine

Lightfoot, Lori Elaine, 1962–, American lawyer and politician, b. Massillon, Ohio, J.D. Univ. of Chicago Law School, 1989. A Democrat, she was an attorney in private practive before she became (1996–2002) assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. Subsequently (2002–5) she held a series of positions with the city of Chicago and investigated police misconduct and city corruption. She then returned to private practice; from 2015 to 2018 she led the Chicago Police Board. In 2019 Lightfoot was elected mayor of Chicago, becoming the first black woman and the first openly gay person to serve in the post.

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