10/22/2013 02:44 pm ET

Luis Gutierrez, Fierce Fighter For Immigration Reform


For a moment there, Luis Gutierrez might be just another guy, squinting against the rain, trying to flag a cab on Independence Avenue.

On this day, he doesn’t bother with the little lapel pin that signifies he’s a somebody on Capitol Hill. He walks sans entourage. No junior staffer to clutch the umbrella he’s wrestling to control in the wind. No trailing press secretary. He doesn’t mind.

The 59-year-old Illinois congressman stands 5 feet 6 inches tall, which is only one reason he got his nickname, “El Gallito” — the little fighting rooster. Not minding is the other reason.

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