The longest serving Mayor in Chicago history, who served the city from 1989 to 2011. He notably oversaw the construction of Millennium Park and was a national eager in privatization.
He served in the United States Marine corps after earning a bachelor's degree from Providence College in Rhode Island.
He was the first Chicago Mayor to lead Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade, at the 20th annual parade on Sunday, June 26, 1989.
He has four children with his wife Maggie, who died in 2011 of breast cancer.
He held a press conference with Rod Blagojevich to help ban assault weapons.