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Who Are Lori Lightfoot’s Daughter and Wife? All about Vivian Lightfoot and Amy Eshleman

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jun 22, 2022
11:10 A.M.
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Lori Lightfoot is elected as Chicago's first openly lesbian Black woman mayor. Fans have been intrigued about the politician's family since she became mayor. Learn more about Lightfoot's beautiful and diverse family.


Lori Lightfoot is one of the few individuals who have transformed traditional politics' enormous landscape. The 59-year-old lawyer is now the 56th mayor in Chicago after winning the elections in 2019.

Since holding the highest position in the city, Lightfoot, a proud lesbian mayor, has left many supporters curious about her family. Who is her wife, Amy Eshleman, and daughter Vivian Lightfoot?

Lori Lightfoot raises her fist during an inauguration ceremony in Chicago, Illinois, on May 20, 2019. | Source: Getty Images



Eshleman is originally from Sterling, a small city in Illinois. She moved from Sterling to Chicago in the early 1990s and spent over two decades working at the Chicago Public Library.

The six-foot-tall first lady of Chicago earned a bachelor's degree in history from Miami University in Ohio. Eshleman has been in a happy and long relationship with Lightfoot, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.


Eshleman hasn't stopped swooning over Lightfoot since tying the knot. In honor of Pride Month, the first lady of Chicago paid tribute to her wife on Instagram. Eshleman wrote of her wife:

"Happy to be proud out loud with my wife."


Even before Lightfoot became mayor, Eshleman had always attended the annual Chicago Pride Parade. In 2018, the lovely pair walked hand-in-hand during the special event.

Lightfoot and Eshleman are the proud parents of Vivian, their adoptive daughter.


As she celebrates more years of love and happiness with her wife, Lightfoot reflects on how fortunate she and Eshleman are to be able to freely express their love, a freedom that was once considered illegal.

Lightfoot, who was born in Massillon, Ohio, penned an inspiring message on Instagram, writing that there is still much work to do to fight against hate. She added, "Today, I'm raising an incredible child freely and openly with the love of my life."



Lightfoot and Eshleman are the proud parents of Vivian, their adoptive daughter. It's unclear when the power couple welcomed their 13-year-old daughter into their family; however, it was believed that they adopted the teen when she was a child.

Eshleman and her wife consider Vivian to be a blessing in their lives. The proud mother boldly displays affection for their child on Instagram on occasions such as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day.

Like any other teenager, Vivian has discovered the delights of using social media. Lightfoot revealed in "The Axe Files" interview that her daughter is "obsessed" with TikTok and would encourage her and Eshleman to join the fun.


Given that her parents are now public figures, Vivian has been open to helping them achieve their goals for Chicago. She previously helped with Lightfoot's mayoral campaign in 2019.

Eshleman and Lightfoot join the ranks of public figures advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights. As the pair, actors Ian McKellen, Jim Parsons, and Elliot Page are well-known for supporting the said community.