Jason was the first Latino out LGBTQ+ member of the Minneapolis City Council!
As the 9th Ward City Council Member, Chavez represents residents in the following neighborhoods: Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Longfellow, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn.
Jason Chavez was born and raised in the 9th Ward, East Phillips Neighborhood by his Immigrant parents from Puebla, Mexico. He went to Andersen United Community School, graduated from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School on East Lake Street in 2014, and graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica with a bachelor’s degree in 2018.
After graduating, Chavez served as a Committee Legislative Aide to Representative Carlos Mariani and Representative Mohamud Noor. He worked on both the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee and the Workforce and Business Development Committee at the Minnesota House of Representatives.
He played a critical role in passing the 2020 Police Accountability Act in Minnesota after the murder of George Floyd, the 2021 Omnibus Employment and Economic Development Bill in Minnesota to support small businesses and residents affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, and has worked with community organizations on renters protections and immigration rights.
As a Council Member, Chavez represents the most diverse ward in the City of Minneapolis. Home to two cultural districts, part of 38th Street with a rich African-American history and East Lake Street that has a growing immigrant population. Additionally, It has the largest Urban Indigenous population, the largest Latinx population, a growing East-African community, and a strong LGBTQIA+ community.