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Former Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Gets Fellowship At Harvard

June 8, 2023

Another former Democratic politician has taken a position at Harvard University.

Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago during Covid, was appointed as a Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

She is set to take the position for the fall 2023 semester, according to The Harvard Gazette.

Lightfoot was the third black, second female, and first openly homosexual mayor of Chicago.

In April 2020, Lightfoot got a haircut in violation of the city’s coronavirus-shutdown rules. She defended her action, saying:  “I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye.”

In May 2021, Lightfoot announced that on the occasion of her two-year anniversary in office she would give interviews only to reporters of color, as a means of trying to “break up the status quo.”

In February 2023, Lightfoot came in third in the preliminary election for mayor, failing to make the top-two runoff election and becoming the first mayor of Chicago not to win a second term since 1983.


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