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  Rush, Bobby
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AffiliationDemocratic  
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NameBobby Rush
Address3534 South Calumet Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60653, United States
EmailNone
Websitehttp://rush.house.gov/
Born November 23, 1946 (72 years)
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Last ModifedRBH
Jan 16, 2017 05:15pm
Tags Black - Very Liberal - Anti Alaska/Offshore Oil Drilling - Anti School Vouchers - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Anti-Death Penalty - Anti-Missile Defense - Anti-Social Security Privatization - Anti-Tort Reform - Government Reform - Health Care Reform - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Environment - Pro Marijuana Legalization - Pro-Affirmative Action - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gun control - Pro-Labor - Protectionist - Married - U.S. Army - Baptist - Straight -
InfoBobby Lee Rush

U. S. Congressman Bobby L. Rush is a proven leader. Since first elected to serve as the U.S. Representative of Illinois' First Congressional District on November 3, 1992, his political effectiveness has been recognized by the Democratic leadership, his colleagues and most importantly, by his constituents. He is presently serving his sixth term in the 108th Congress.


Congressman Rush is a member of the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce and four of its subcommittees -- the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, the Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and the Subcommittee on Environment. In this capacity, he weighs in on approximately 65 percent of all legislation considered by Congress.


Throughout his Congressional career, Rush's leadership has been recognized and rewarded. As a freshman lawmaker, Democratic leadership appointed Rush to serve as part of the whip organization, a position he still holds. He was also elected class president for two terms by his Democratic colleagues in the class of 1992.


Presently, he has been appointed co-chairman of the Congressional Biotech Caucus. In this position, Rush works with the Caucus to keep Members informed about issues regarding the safety and potential of biotechnology in food and farm products. He was also elected by the Congressional Black Caucus to serve as their Secretary in the 107th Session of Congress. And he serves as a U.S. delegate to the North Atlantic Assembly, an interparliamentary organization of NATO nations


Congressman Rush has taken the lead on a wide range of issues affecting the First Congressional District and the nation. Early in his first term, he enjoyed unparalleled success when President Clinton signed into law "The Community Development and Regulatory Act," a landmark community banking bill that was based largely on a plan Rush introduced.


Always keeping his constituents' issues in mind, Congressman Rush initiated the Chicago Partnership for the Earned Income Tax Credit, an on-going program designed to help thousands of low-income, working Chicagoans receive federal tax credits. He has also brought close to $2 billion of federal funding back to his district since first elected.


Prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Rush was an Alderman in the Chicago City Council. He served for eight years representing the 2nd Ward on Chicago's South Side. As an Alderman, Rush helped pass significant environmental protection, gun control and neighborhood development legislation.


Rush was born on November 23, 1946 in Albany, Georgia. His family later moved to Chicago and lived on the near north and west sides. Rush attended Marshall High School and at the age of 17, enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the military from 1963 until 1968, receiving an honorable discharge.


Following his military service, Rush attended Roosevelt University, where he graduated with honors with a bachelors degree in general studies in 1973. He later pursued graduate studies and, in 1994, received a masters degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1998, Rush received his second masters in theological studies from McCormick Seminary and since then, has become an ordained Baptist minister.


Rush was an active participant in the unprecedented Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. In an effort to secure basic civil and human rights for African-Americans, women and others, he was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1966 to 1968 and a co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party in 1968.


While a Black Panther, he operated the Panther Party's Free Breakfast for Children program. He also coordinated the Free Medical Clinic, which developed the nation's first mass sickle cell anemia testing program. This visionary Panther initiative forced America's health care providers to recognize the impact of sickle cell anemia on the Black community and to develop national research into its causes, effects and solutions, a practice which endures to this day.


Congressman Rush has been married to his wife Carolyn for 22 years.


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NEWS
Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Nov 27, 2017 07:20am Profile No ‘easy task’ recouping $1M Rush owes Trump pal’s firm, feds for loan  Article RP 
Aug 07, 2013 08:00pm Investigation FBI Ties Chicago Representatives to Zimbabwe Lobbying  Article IndyGeorgia 
May 30, 2013 02:05pm News Rep. Bobby Rush knocks Kirk’s ‘white boy’ plan for gang crackdown  Article Scott³ 
Mar 28, 2012 09:45am News Dem Rep. Rush kicked off House floor for ‘hoodie’ in Trayvon Martin protest  Article Craverguy 
Dec 30, 2008 04:00pm Idiocy Bobby Rush Thanks God for Burris Senate Appointment  Article COSDem 
Dec 30, 2008 04:00pm News Schakowsky: [Bobby] Rush added 'unfortunate' racial tone  Article COSDem 

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RACES
  03/17/2020 IL District 01 - D Primary ???
  11/06/2018 IL District 01 Won 73.58% (+53.91%)
  03/20/2018 IL District 01 - D Primary Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  03/20/2018 IL Central Committeeman Dist. 1 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/08/2016 IL District 01 Won 74.09% (+48.19%)
  03/15/2016 IL District 01 - D Primary Won 71.40% (+52.13%)
  11/04/2014 IL - District 01 Won 73.09% (+46.18%)
  03/18/2014 IL Central Committeeman Dist. 1 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/06/2012 IL - District 01 Won 73.73% (+47.59%)
  03/20/2012 IL - District 01-D Primary Won 83.85% (+79.68%)
  11/02/2010 IL - District 01 Won 80.36% (+64.49%)
  02/02/2010 IL - District 01-D Primary Won 79.70% (+70.36%)
  02/02/2010 IL Central Committeeman Dist. 1 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/04/2008 IL - District 01 Won 85.87% (+71.73%)
  02/05/2008 IL District 01 - D Primary Won 87.45% (+74.91%)
  11/07/2006 IL - District 01 Won 84.06% (+68.12%)
  03/21/2006 IL District 01- D Primary Won 81.58% (+63.15%)
  03/21/2006 IL Central Committeeman Dist. 1 Won 84.84% (+69.67%)
  11/02/2004 IL - District 1 Won 84.82% (+69.63%)
  11/05/2002 IL District 1 Won 81.17% (+64.95%)
  03/19/2002 IL Central Committeeman Dist. 1 Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
  11/07/2000 IL District 1 Won 87.81% (+75.62%)
  03/21/2000 IL District 1 - D Primary Won 61.02% (+30.67%)
  02/23/1999 Chicago Mayor Lost 28.09% (-43.83%)
  11/03/1998 IL District 1 Won 87.11% (+76.54%)
  03/17/1998 IL Central Committeeman Dist. 1 Won 80.71% (+66.79%)
  11/05/1996 IL District 1 Won 85.67% (+73.04%)
  03/19/1996 IL District 01 - D Primary Won 89.38% (+78.75%)
  11/08/1994 IL District 1 Won 75.73% (+51.47%)
  03/15/1994 IL Central Committeeman Dist. 1 Won 87.35% (+74.70%)
  11/03/1992 IL DIstrict 1 Won 82.81% (+65.61%)
  03/17/1992 IL District 1 - D Primary Won 42.21% (+3.14%)
  02/26/1991 Chicago Ward 02 Won 53.89% (+16.08%)
  04/12/1983 Chicago Ward 02 Won 52.80% (+5.59%)
  02/25/1975 Chicago Ward 02 Lost 23.36% (-31.85%)
ENDORSEMENTS
IL US President - D Primary - Mar 17, 2020 D Kamala Harris
Chicago Mayor - Runoff - Apr 02, 2019 D Toni Preckwinkle
Chicago Mayor - Feb 26, 2019 D William M. "Bill" Daley
IL Governor - D Primary - Mar 20, 2018 D Chris Kennedy
DNC Party Chair - Feb 25, 2017 D Keith M. Ellison
IL District 2 - Special D Primary - Feb 26, 2013 D Robin Kelly
IL State House 026- D Primary - Mar 20, 2012 D Christian Mitchell
Chicago Mayor - Feb 22, 2011 D Carol Moseley Braun
US House Minority Whip - Nov 16, 2010 D James E. "Jim" Clyburn
IL Lt. Governor - D Replacement Nominee - Mar 27, 2010 D Sheila Simon
IL US Senate - D Primary - Feb 02, 2010 D Cheryle Jackson
Cook County State's Attorney - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Howard B. Brookins, Jr.
IL US President - D Primary - Feb 05, 2008 D Barack Obama
US President - D Primaries - Jun 03, 2008 D Barack Obama
Chicago Mayor - Feb 27, 2007 D Richard M. Daley
MN District 05 - DFL Primary - Sep 12, 2006 D Keith M. Ellison
Cook County Sheriff- D Primary - Mar 21, 2006 D Sylvester Baker
IL US Senate - D Primary - Mar 16, 2004 D Blair Hull
IL US President - D Primary - Mar 16, 2004 D Carol Moseley Braun
US President - D Primaries - Jun 09, 2004 D Carol Moseley Braun
IL Treasurer - Nov 05, 2002 R Judy Baar Topinka
Chicago Mayor - Apr 04, 1995 D Roland Burris
Chicago Mayor - Apr 02, 1991 HWP R. Eugene Pincham
Chicago Mayor - Apr 04, 1989 D Timothy Evans
Chicago Mayor - Appointment - Dec 02, 1987 D Timothy Evans
Cook County States Attorney - Nov 07, 1972 R Bernard Carey
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