Timmy Knudsen sworn in as Chicago City Council member from the 43rd Ward

Timmy Knudsen is sworn in Wednesday as the Chicago City Council’s representative from the 43rd Ward.

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Newly-appointed Ald. Timmy Knudsen (43rd) was confirmed, sworn in and started voting Wednesday, quickly becoming, at age 32, Chicago’s youngest alderperson, the sixth member of the City Council’s gay caucus and the first openly gay alderperson to represent the 43rd ward.

After some sage advice from Council greybeards and hugs from his proud family, the rules were suspended to allow an admittedly “humbled” Knudsen to address his new colleagues.

“My name is Timmy Knudsen. My pronouns are ‘he, him.’ Yes, my last name is pronounced ‘Kuh-noodsen.’ And I do go by ‘Timmy.’ And I’m thankful for everyone’s humor on it,” said Knudsen.

He called himself “someone who has a proven track record of bringing private sector results into public service.” From his work as a lawyer, to his two-year stint as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, to his work as a “grassroots organizer” in the 43rd Ward, Knudsen said he “actively engages with people on all sides of an issue and seeks to find common ground.”

He added: “From my pro bono commitment to LGBTQ+ asylum applicants in Chicago and Mexico, I’m someone who believes compassion and inclusivity are the best tones to lead through. As alderman, I will be an advocate and consensus builder. Someone who works hard to get things done.”

Knudsen is Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s third aldermanic appointee in just the past few months. But that’s not what makes the moment historic, he said.

“I am the youngest member on City Council, the sixth member of the LGBTQ caucus and the first openly-gay alderman of the 43rd Ward. I want to take a moment to recognize the significance of this. Representation matters. Having the opportunity to share my own experiences and uplift those of other diverse communities is a responsibility that I take so seriously and one that rests on the shoulders of many giants,” he said.

“There are too many to name. But I am especially grateful to Chicago’s very own Art Johnston, my friend, for his mentorship and early encouragement.”

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times


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