Timmy is the youngest person to serve on the Chicago City Council and first openly gay Alderman of the 43rd Ward!
Timmy Knudsen is an advocate for safe streets, strong schools and vibrant communities who is running for 43rd Ward Alderman. He was sworn into office on Sept. 21, 2022, by Judge Jill Rose Quinn, Illinois’ first openly transgender elected official. Experienced in building consensus and finding common ground, Knudsen brings a passion for private sector results to public service.
In his legal profession, Knudsen counsels innovative start-up companies, founders, and their investors, where he has helped some of the nation’s premier business leaders reach creative solutions that help their businesses grow. He founded the pro-bono practice of his law firm, representing LGBTQ+ applicants for asylum in Chicago and Tijuana, Mexico. He has provided legal services to over 40 asylum seekers, having been recognized by Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, and Windy City Times for this work.
Knudsen has helped foster community participation in local developments through his leadership as Chairman of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals. As Chairman, he ensures local residents, neighborhood groups, and stakeholders of all kinds are fully heard and fairly represented. Navigating complex real estate projects and government agencies has equipped Knudsen to be an effective problem solver, which he will take to City Hall.
As an active member of the community, Knudsen has worked as a steadfast grassroots organizer organizing a large (and “socially distanced”) food drive during the pandemic, serving as a local voter protection officer on election days, and mobilizing on policy issues like HB40 to protect women’s reproductive rights. He also serves as Chairman of the 43rd Ward Judicial Candidate Review Panel, which was created by Committeeperson Lucy Moog to champion independent and merit-based endorsement processes. Knudsen has had an ear to residents’ priorities for years and will continue to take a community-centric approach as alderman.
Knudsen lives in Old Town Triangle and works remotely from an assortment of beloved Lincoln Park coffee shops. He was born and raised in Wheaton, attended undergraduate and law school at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been a 43rd Ward resident ever since. Knudsen is a doting “guncle” to two nieces, recent graduate of Leadership Greater Chicago and avid tennis fan. From his earliest Chicago days — which were documented on HGTV’s House Hunters — Knudsen has been proud to call the 43rd Ward home and would be honored to be your advocate in city council.