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{{tnr}}'''Bobby Lee Rush''' (b. November 23, 1946) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Rush was elected by voters from [[Illinois' 1st congressional district]]. [[Fred Smith (Illinois)|Fred Smith]] was endorsed in the [[Democratic]] primary over Rush.<ref name="tribune">[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-congress1-20120223,0,5305080.story ''Chicago Tribune'' "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012]</ref> Rush won election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="abc">[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/elections/local/results ''ABC News 7'' "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''Bobby Lee Rush''' (b. November 23, 1946, in Albany, Georgia) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Rush was elected by voters from [[Illinois' 1st congressional district]]. Rush was first elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 1992.<ref name="biography"/>  
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Rush is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bobby_rush/400350 ''Gov Track'' "Bobby Rush" Accessed April 20, 2012]</ref>
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Rush won re-election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="tribune">[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-congress1-20120223,0,5305080.story ''Chicago Tribune'' "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012]</ref> <ref name="abc">[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/elections/local/results ''ABC News 7'' "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
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Rush serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
 
Rush serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Energy and Commerce Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|Energy and Commerce Committee]]
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**Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
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**Subcommittee on Energy and Power - ''Ranking Member''
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**Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
  
 
====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
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==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===American response in Syria===
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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{{Dem letter on Syria|Name=Rush}}
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===Specific votes===
 
===Specific votes===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
{{Support vote}}
 
{{Support vote}}
Rush voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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Rush voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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===Controversy===
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====Denies pressuring Metra CEO====
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Rush denied allegations in August 2013 that he pressured former Metra CEO Alex Clifford to cut a $50,000 check to a national organization he had recommended to monitor minority hiring for a massive South Side rail project.<ref name="metra">[http://www.suntimes.com/news/21764897-418/rep-rush-angrily-denies-pressuring-ex-metra-ceo-alex-clifford.html ''Chicago Sun Times'' "Rep. Rush angrily denies pressuring ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford" Accessed August 7, 2013]</ref>
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“I have never, ever — during this whole process — attempted to steer, attempted to invite, attempted to involve anybody into receiving one red cent — not one red cent,” Rush told reporters.<ref name="metra"/>
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Rush’s name surfaced in July 2013 when Clifford, in explosive testimony before the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) board, said he was forced out at Metra because he resisted political pressure from high-ranking Illinois politicians.<ref name="metra"/> The deepening scandal has already resulted in four Metra board members resigning, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel forcing out the city’s only representative, Larry Huggins.<ref name="metra"/>
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On August 6, 2013, Rush blasted a news report that said he recommended Metra pay $50,000 to the National Black Chamber of Commerce, an organization the congressman recommended be brought in to oversee minority participation in the Englewood flyover project, construction of a rail bridge. Clifford testified before the RTA that he refused to send a check because, among other things, he couldn’t figure out what the chamber of commerce would actually be doing on the project.<ref name="metra"/>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2014]]''
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Rush is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.{{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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Rush won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012|Illinois']] [[Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012|1st District]]. Rush defeated opponent [[Donald Peloquin]] (R) in the general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/illinois/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Illinois"]</ref>
 
Rush won election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012|Illinois']] [[Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012|1st District]]. Rush defeated opponent [[Donald Peloquin]] (R) in the general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/illinois/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Illinois"]</ref>
  
[[Fred Smith (Illinois)|Fred Smith]] was endorsed in the [[Democratic]] primary over Rush.<ref name="tribune">[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-congress1-20120223,0,5305080.story ''Chicago Tribune'' "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012]</ref> Rush has been criticized by govtrack.us for having the "fourth worst missed-vote record in Congress — 13.2 percent".<ref name="tribune"/> He has also taken critique from suburban mayors who "grumble that he's less responsive to their constituents' needs than to those of city residents."<ref name="tribune"/> The redrawn [[Illinois' 1st congressional district|1st District]], reaching into rural Will County, will bring in many more suburban voters.<ref name="tribune"/>
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[[Fred Smith (Illinois)|Fred Smith]] was endorsed in the [[Democratic]] primary over Rush.<ref name="tribune">[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-congress1-20120223,0,5305080.story ''Chicago Tribune'' "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012]</ref> Rush had been criticized by govtrack.us for having the "fourth worst missed-vote record in Congress — 13.2 percent".<ref name="tribune"/> He also took critique from suburban mayors who "grumble that he's less responsive to their constituents' needs than to those of city residents."<ref name="tribune"/> The redrawn [[Illinois' 1st congressional district|1st District]], reaching into rural Will County, will bring in many more suburban voters.<ref name="tribune"/>
  
Rush defeated [[Democratic]] challengers [[Jordan Sims]], [[Clifford Russell, Jr.]], [[Fred Smith (Illinois)|Fred Smith]], [[Raymond Lodato]], and [[Harold Bailey]] in the [[Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012|Democratic primary]] on March 20, 2012.<ref name="abc">[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/elections/local/results ''ABC News 7'' "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012]</ref> In the [[Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012|Republican primary]] [[Donald Peloquin]] defeated candidates [[Frederick Collins]] and [[Jimmy Lee Tillman II]].<ref name="abc"/>
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Rush defeated [[Democratic]] challengers [[Jordan Sims]], [[Clifford Russell, Jr.]], [[Fred Smith (Illinois)|Fred Smith]], [[Raymond Lodato]], and [[Harold Bailey]] in the [[Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012|Democratic primary]] on March 20, 2012.<ref name="abc">[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/elections/local/results ''ABC News 7'' "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012]</ref> In the [[Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012|Republican primary]] [[Donald Peloquin]] defeated candidates [[Frederick Collins]] and [[Jimmy Lee Tillman II]].<ref name="abc"/>
 
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===2010===
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===Full history===
On November 2, 2010, Rush won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley ([[Republican|R]]) and Jeff Adams ([[Green]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>  
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<big>'''2010'''</big>
  
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|Chamber= U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 1st Congressional District
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<big>'''2008'''</big>
|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Republican
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|party3= Green
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|winner1 = Bobby L. Rush
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Raymond G. Wardingley
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|candidate3= Jeff Adams
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|votes1 = 148170
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|votes2 = 29253
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|votes3 = 6963
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===2008===
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On November 4, 2008, Rush won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Antoine Members ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008/2008Stat.htm ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"]</ref>  
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<big>'''2006'''</big>
  
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<big>'''2004'''</big>
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|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Republican
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|winner1 = Bobby L. Rush
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Antoine Members
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|votes1 = 233036
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|votes2 = 38361
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===2006===
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On November 7, 2006, Rush won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Jason E. Tabour ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2006/2006Stat.htm ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"]</ref>  
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<big>'''2002'''</big>
  
{{Election box 2006
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|Chamber= U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 1st Congressional District
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<big>'''2000'''</big>
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|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Republican
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|winner1 = Bobby L. Rush
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Jason E. Tabour
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|votes1 = 146623
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|votes2 = 27804
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===2004===
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{{Ildis1genelecbox00}}
On November 2, 2004, Rush won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2004/2004Stat.htm ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"]</ref>  
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<big>'''1998'''</big>
  
{{Election box 2004
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|Chamber= U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 1st Congressional District
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<big>'''1996'''</big>
|Collapse=Yes
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|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Republican
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|winner1 = Bobby L. Rush
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Raymond G. Wardingley
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|votes1 = 212109 
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|votes2 = 37840 
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===2002===
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On November 5, 2002, Rush won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2002/2002Stat.htm ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"]</ref>  
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<big>'''1994'''</big>
  
{{Election box 2002
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|Chamber= U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 1st Congressional District
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<big>'''1992'''</big>
|Collapse=Yes
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|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Republican
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|winner1 = Bobby L. Rush
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Raymond G. Wardingley
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|votes1 = 149068 
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|votes2 = 29776 
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===2000===
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On November 7, 2000, Rush won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2000/2000Stat.htm ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"]</ref>
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|Chamber= U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 1st Congressional District
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|party1= Democratic
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|party2= Republican
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|winner1 = Bobby L. Rush
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|Inc1 = Y
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|candidate2 = Raymond G. Wardingley
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|votes1 = 172271   
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|votes2 = 23915   
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===1998===
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==Campaign donors==
On November 3, 1998, Rush won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Marlene White Ahimaz ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1998/98Stat.htm ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"]</ref>  
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{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00004887&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Bobby Rush" Accessed April 5, 2013]</ref>
|party1= Democratic
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|party=Democratic
|party2= Republican
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|totalraised2012=498765
|winner1 = Bobby L. Rush
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|result2012=Won
|Inc1 = Y
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|office2012=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 1st congressional district|District 1]])
|candidate2 = Marlene White Ahimaz
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|totalraised2010=532447
|votes1 = 151890   
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|result2010=Won
|votes2 = 18429   
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|office2010=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 1st congressional district|District 1]])
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|totalraised2008=431209
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 1st congressional district|District 1]])
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|totalraised2006=575304
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 1st congressional district|District 1]])
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|totalraised2004=469975
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 1st congressional district|District 1]])
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|totalraised2002=256928
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|result2002=Won
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|office2002=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 1st congressional district|District 1]])
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|totalraised2000=804477
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|result2000=Won
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|office2000=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 1st congressional district|District 1]])
 
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===1996===
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===2014===
On November 5, 1996, Rush won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Noel Naughton ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1996/96Stat.htm ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996"]</ref>  
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rush's reports.<ref>[http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandidateCommitteeDetail.do#3 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Bobby L. Rush 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
  
{{Election box 1996
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{{Campaign finance reports
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|Name =Bobby L. Rush (2014)
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|Political Party =Democratic
|party2= Republican
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|Report 1 =April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/204/13330033204/13330033204.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'' "April Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
|winner1 = Bobby L. Rush
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|Date 1 =4/15/2013
|Inc1 = Y
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|Beginning Balance 1 =24438.29
|candidate2 = Noel Naughton
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|Total Contributions 1 = 60550.00
|votes1 = 174005     
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|Expenditures 1=22906.11
|votes2 = 25659     
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|Cash on Hand 1 =62082.18
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|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/394/13964055394/13964055394.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'' "July Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 2 =7/14/2013
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|Beginning Balance 2 =62082.18
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|Total Contributions 2 =58350.00
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|Expenditures 2=72678.15
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|Cash on Hand 2 =47754.03
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===1994===
 
On November 8, 1994, Rush won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated William J. Kelly ([[Republican|R]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/1994/94Stat.htm ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994"]</ref>
 
 
{{Election box 1994
 
|Chamber= U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 1st Congressional District
 
|Collapse=Yes
 
|party1= Democratic
 
|party2= Republican
 
|winner1 = Bobby L. Rush
 
|Inc1 = Y
 
|candidate2 = William J. Kelly
 
|votes1 = 112474     
 
|votes2 = 36038     
 
}}
 
 
==Campaign donors==
 
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Bobby Rush 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Rush's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Bobby Rush 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Rush's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
Rush won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Rush's campaign committee raised a total of $498,765 and spent $476,407.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00004887&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Bobby Rush 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013]</ref>
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Rush won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Rush's campaign committee raised a total of $498,765 and spent $476,407.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00004887&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Bobby Rush 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets,'' "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Rush spent $2.01 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Ideology and leadership===
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rush paid his congressional staff a total of $1,162,963 in 2011.  He ranks 24th on the list of the highest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 28th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/452/Rep_Bobby_Rush.html LegiStorm "Bobby Rush"]</ref>
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===Net worth===
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Rush is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]," as of June 16, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bobby_rush/400350 ''Gov Track'' "Bobby Rush" Accessed June 16, 2013]</ref>
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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===Like-minded colleagues===
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Rush's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $250,001 and $500,000. That averages to $375,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004887&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rush (D-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400350_Bobby_Rush ''OpenCongress,'' "Rep. Bobby Rush," Accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
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Rush most often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Linda Sanchez]]
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Rush least often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Jeff Duncan]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Rush ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rush ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013]</ref>
 
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====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Rush ranked 57th in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rush ranked 57th in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
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===Lifetime voting record===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Rush missed 1,791 of 13,519 roll call votes from Jan 1993 to Mar 2013.  This amounts to 13.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/bobby_rush/400350 ''GovTrack,'' "Bobby Rush," Accessed April 1, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rush paid his congressional staff a total of $1,162,963 in 2011.  He ranks 24th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 28th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/452/Rep_Bobby_Rush.html LegiStorm "Bobby Rush"]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Rush's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $250,001 and $500,000. That averages to $375,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004887&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rush (D-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
  
 
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On March 28, 2012, Rush donned a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses in statements to Congress, and was escorted from the [[U.S. House|House floor]] for violating a rule against wearing a hat on the floor of [[Congress]].<ref name="cbs">[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57405846-503544/dem-rep-bobby-rush-escorted-from-house-floor-for-wearing-hoodie-in-honor-of-trayvon-martin/?tag=re1.channel ''Cbs News'' "Dem Rep. Bobby Rush escorted from House floor for wearing hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin" Accessed March 29, 2012]</ref> Rush wore the clothing in a honor of the African American teenager in Florida shot while unarmed and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Trayvon Martin.<ref name="cbs"/>
 
  
 
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Revision as of 09:55, 6 September 2013

Bobby L. Rush
Bobby Rush.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorCharles Hayes (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,569,105
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sRoosevelt University, University of Illinois at Chicago
Master'sMcCormick Theological Seminary
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1963-1968
Personal
BirthdayNovember 23, 1946
Place of birthAlbany, Georgia
ProfessionInsurance Agent, Civil Rights Leader
Net worth$375,000
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Bobby Lee Rush (b. November 23, 1946, in Albany, Georgia) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rush was elected by voters from Illinois' 1st congressional district. Rush was first elected to the U.S. House in 1992.[1]

Rush won re-election on November 6, 2012.[2] [3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Rush is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

Biography

Rush was born in Albany, Georgia, on November 23, 1946.[1] He is an honorably discharged Army veteran and an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theology. [1]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Rush serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power - Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

2011-2012

Rush served on the following committees:[6]

  • Energy and Commerce Committee
    • Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power

Issues

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[7][8] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Rush was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[7][8]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Rush voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Controversy

Denies pressuring Metra CEO

Rush denied allegations in August 2013 that he pressured former Metra CEO Alex Clifford to cut a $50,000 check to a national organization he had recommended to monitor minority hiring for a massive South Side rail project.[10]

“I have never, ever — during this whole process — attempted to steer, attempted to invite, attempted to involve anybody into receiving one red cent — not one red cent,” Rush told reporters.[10]

Rush’s name surfaced in July 2013 when Clifford, in explosive testimony before the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) board, said he was forced out at Metra because he resisted political pressure from high-ranking Illinois politicians.[10] The deepening scandal has already resulted in four Metra board members resigning, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel forcing out the city’s only representative, Larry Huggins.[10]

On August 6, 2013, Rush blasted a news report that said he recommended Metra pay $50,000 to the National Black Chamber of Commerce, an organization the congressman recommended be brought in to oversee minority participation in the Englewood flyover project, construction of a rail bridge. Clifford testified before the RTA that he refused to send a check because, among other things, he couldn’t figure out what the chamber of commerce would actually be doing on the project.[10]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2014

Rush is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Illinois' 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Rush won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 1st District. Rush defeated opponent Donald Peloquin (R) in the general election.[11]

Fred Smith was endorsed in the Democratic primary over Rush.[2] Rush had been criticized by govtrack.us for having the "fourth worst missed-vote record in Congress — 13.2 percent".[2] He also took critique from suburban mayors who "grumble that he's less responsive to their constituents' needs than to those of city residents."[2] The redrawn 1st District, reaching into rural Will County, will bring in many more suburban voters.[2]

Rush defeated Democratic challengers Jordan Sims, Clifford Russell, Jr., Fred Smith, Raymond Lodato, and Harold Bailey in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[3] In the Republican primary Donald Peloquin defeated candidates Frederick Collins and Jimmy Lee Tillman II.[3]

U.S. House, Illinois District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Rush Incumbent 73.8% 236,854
     Republican Donald Peloquin 26.2% 83,989
Total Votes 320,843
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Illinois District 1 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Rush Incumbent 83.8% 64,533
Jordan Sims 2.6% 1,980
Clifford Russell, Jr. 3.1% 2,412
Fred Smith 2.9% 2,232
Raymond Lodato 4.2% 3,210
Harold Bailey 3.4% 2,598
Total Votes 76,965

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rush is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Rush raised a total of $3,569,105 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[22]

Bobby Rush's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 1) Won $498,765
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 1) Won $532,447
2008 U.S. House (Illinois, District 1) Won $431,209
2006 U.S. House (Illinois, District 1) Won $575,304
2004 U.S. House (Illinois, District 1) Won $469,975
2002 U.S. House (Illinois, District 1) Won $256,928
2000 U.S. House (Illinois, District 1) Won $804,477
Grand Total Raised $3,569,105

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Rush's reports.[23]

Bobby L. Rush (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]4/15/2013$24,438.29$60,550.00$(22,906.11)$62,082.18
July Quarterly[25]7/14/2013$62,082.18$58,350.00$(72,678.15)$47,754.03
Running totals
$118,900$(95,584.26)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Rush's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Rush won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Rush's campaign committee raised a total of $498,765 and spent $476,407.[26] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[27]

Cost per vote

Rush spent $2.01 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Rush's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Rush won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Rush's campaign committee raised a total of $532,447 and spent $555,188 .[28]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rush is a "far-left Democrat," as of June 16, 2013.[29]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[30]

Rush most often votes with:

Rush least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rush ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[31]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Rush ranked 57th in the liberal rankings.[32]

Voting with party

2013

Bobby L. Rush voted with the Democratic Party 95.8% of the time, which ranked 49th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[33]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Rush missed 1,791 of 13,519 roll call votes from Jan 1993 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 13.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[34]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Rush paid his congressional staff a total of $1,162,963 in 2011. He ranks 24th on the list of the highest paid Democratic representative staff salaries and ranks 28th overall of the highest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[35]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rush's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $250,001 and $500,000. That averages to $375,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[36]

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Personal

In addition to his congressional responsibilities, Rush is the pastor of the Beloved Community Christian Church of Chicago.[1] Rush and his wife of 31 years, Carolyn, have a blended family with six children including a son who lost his life to gun violence in 1999.[1]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Congressman Bobby Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District "Biography" Accessed October 28, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Chicago Tribune "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  4. Rush, Bobby L "Biographical Information" Accessed October 28, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman Bobby L. Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed October 28, 2011
  7. 7.0 7.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Chicago Sun Times "Rep. Rush angrily denies pressuring ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford" Accessed August 7, 2013
  11. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Bobby Rush" Accessed April 5, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Bobby L. Rush 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Bobby Rush 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Bobby L Rush 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28, 2011
  29. Gov Track "Bobby Rush" Accessed June 16, 2013
  30. OpenCongress, "Rep. Bobby Rush," Accessed August 1, 2013
  31. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  32. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  33. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  34. GovTrack, "Bobby Rush," Accessed April 1, 2013
  35. LegiStorm "Bobby Rush"
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Rush (D-Ill), 2011"
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Hayes (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 1
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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