Ousted Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Has a New Job

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June 2, 2023

Former Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot (D.), the first mayor in the city to lose reelection in more than 40 years, will join Harvard University as a fellow.

Lightfoot will be a senior leadership fellow teaching at Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her course will be called "Health Policy and Leadership."

"I've always loved teaching, and the opportunity to get back to it is something I am really excited about," Lightfoot said. "I learned a lot over the past four years, and this gives me an opportunity to share my experiences and perceptions of governing through one of the most challenging chapters in American history."

Lightfoot came in third in the February election, with the other two candidates advancing to a runoff and Brandon Johnson winning the seat. Lightfoot commanded 16.8 percent of the vote in the initial election to Johnson's 32.9 percent.

Lightfoot spent the end of her term managing the migrant crisis and criticizing Republicans who sent migrants to her city, which she advertised as a "sanctuary city."

She also saw the homicide rate skyrocket nearly 40 percent since entering office in  2019, watchdog Wirepoints reported.

"I'll share specifics about the way we managed the COVID-19 public health crisis," Lightfoot said of her Harvard course. She faced immense criticism as mayor for her lockdowns and treatment of the pandemic.

One notable alumnus of the fellowship is former New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, another Democrat who received criticism for his handling of the pandemic.

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