*Update 6/3 at 2:30PM: Our Cafe Conversation with Alderman Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson has been postponed. Ald. Johnson was needed in an urgent meeting and can no longer attend today. We are working with him to reschedule.
-The NEWaukee Team
Hear from Ald. Cavalier Johnson, who was recently elected by his peers to serve as president of Milwaukee’s Common Council, as we discuss his hopes for Milwaukee and the recent happenings in the city.
The Milwaukee Common Council is the lawmaking body of the City of Milwaukee. It comprises 15 elected members, called Alderman, from 15 council districts throughout the city. Each Council member is elected to a 4-year term and represents a district of approximately 40,000 persons.
Ald. Cavalier "Chevy" Johnson
Cavalier "Chevy" Johnson sought the opportunity to serve as alderman because he believes in Milwaukee. Through his work, Cavalier has been committed to serving Milwaukee's neighborhoods, residents, and it's future. Cavalier’s commitment to his district and city began at an early age.
At 14 years old, he was selected by the YMCA to participate in a pre-college program for low-income MPS students. That very same program, Sponsor-A-Scholar, solidified Cavalier’s life commitment to community service and making Milwaukee better for future generations. Cavalier attended UW-Madison and returned home to work with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (now Employ Milwaukee). While there, Cavalier served at-risk youth, youth entering the workforce for the first time, and adults retooling to enter the workforce for the last time. Cavalier has also served on boards at the Milwaukee YMCA and Milwaukee Community Brainstorming.
Before serving as 2nd district alderman, Cavalier served our community as a Community Outreach Liaison in the administration of Mayor Tom Barret where he worked diligently with community and faith leaders to find creative solutions to some of Milwaukee’s most pressing issues facing families from all walks of life.
Service has been the hallmark of Cavalier's life and that's why he's proud to serve as alderman in Milwaukee's 2nd district where he has focused on issues like public safety, investing in our infrastructure, and economic development.
Cavalier was first elected to the Common Council in April of 2016 becoming the youngest African American elected to serve on that body in Milwaukee’s history at 29 years old. In April of 2020, Cavalier was elected by his peers to serve as president of the Milwaukee Common Council — one of the youngest presidents in the city’s history which dates back to 1846.
Cavalier is a graduate of MPS Bay View High School and UW-Madison. Cavalier is married to Dominique and they have three young children; a son named Oliver and twin daughters named Madison and Bella.