Rahm Emanuel was elected the 55th mayor of Chicago on February 22nd, 2011 and was sworn in on May 16th, 2011.
Since taking office, Mayor Emanuel announced the redeployment of over 1,000 police officers back onto beats in Chicago’s neighborhoods and has attracted more than 25,000 private-sector jobs for residents across the city. Since taking office, Mayor Emanuel has enacted education reforms allowing for elementary students to gain an extra hour and 15 minutes every day and two additional weeks every year, and has submitted two balanced budgets that hold the line on taxes. Additionally, Mayor Emanuel launched Building a New Chicago, a $7 billion coordinated infrastructure plan that will revitalize the city’s roads, rails, and runways, and create tens of thousands of jobs for Chicagoans.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Emanuel served as the White House Chief of Staff in President Barack Obama’s administration. Before accepting the position as Chief of Staff to the President, Emanuel served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago’s 5th District. Prior to being elected to Congress, Emanuel served as a key member of the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1998, rising to serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy and Strategy.
Mayor Emanuel graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1981 and received a Master’s Degree in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. He is married to Amy Rule, and they have three children, Zach, Ilana, and Leah.