Bobby Rush

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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
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
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 was endorsed in the Democratic primary over Rush.[1] Rush won election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rush is a "rank-and-file Democrat".[3]

Biography

Rush was born in Albany, Georgia, on November 23, 1946.[4] He is an honorably discharged Army veteran and an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theology. [4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Rush serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Rush served on the following committees:[7]

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

Issues

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 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.[8]

Elections

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.[9]

Fred Smith was endorsed in the Democratic primary over Rush.[1] Rush has been criticized by govtrack.us for having the "fourth worst missed-vote record in Congress — 13.2 percent".[1] 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."[1] The redrawn 1st District, reaching into rural Will County, will bring in many more suburban voters.[1]

Rush defeated Democratic challengers Jordan Sims, Clifford Russell, Jr., Fred Smith, Raymond Lodato, and Harold Bailey in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[2] In the Republican primary Donald Peloquin defeated candidates Frederick Collins and Jimmy Lee Tillman II.[2]

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' 1st Congressional District 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

2010

On November 2, 2010, Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley (R) and Jeff Adams (Green) in the general election.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 1st Congressional District, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBobby L. Rush Incumbent 80.4% 148,170
     Republican Raymond G. Wardingley 15.9% 29,253
     Green Jeff Adams 3.8% 6,963
Total Votes 184,386

2008

On November 4, 2008, Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Antoine Members (R) in the general election.[11]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Jason E. Tabour (R) in the general election.[12]

2004

On November 2, 2004, Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley (R) in the general election.[13]

2002

On November 5, 2002, Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley (R) in the general election.[14]

2000

On November 7, 2000, Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Raymond G. Wardingley (R) in the general election.[15]

1998

On November 3, 1998, Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Marlene White Ahimaz (R) in the general election.[16]

1996

On November 5, 1996, Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Noel Naughton (R) in the general election.[17]

1994

On November 8, 1994, Rush won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated William J. Kelly (R) in the general election.[18]

Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Rush's reports.[19]

Bobby L. Rush Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[20]March 8, 2012$37,202.38$13,400.00$(37,472.18)$13,130.20
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2012$13,130.20$58,832.02$(35,061.45)$36,900.77
July Quarterly[22]July 20, 2012$36,900.77$35,500$(44,014.33)$28,386.44
October Quarterly[23]October 14, 2012$28,386.44$85,050$(70,797.42)$42,639.02
Pre-General[24]October 24, 2012$42,639.02$12,900$(12,366.86)$43,172.16
Running totals
$205,682.02$(199,712.24)

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 .[25]

Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[26]

National Journal vote ratings

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

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.[27]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Bobby L. Rush voted with the Democratic Party 93 of the time, which ranked 94 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[28]

Recent news

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On March 28, 2012, Rush donned a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses in statements to Congress, and was escorted from the House floor for violating a rule against wearing a hat on the floor of Congress.[29] Rush wore the clothing in a honor of the African American teenager in Florida shot while unarmed and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Trayvon Martin.[29]

Personal

In addition to his congressional responsibilities, Rush is the pastor of the Beloved Community Christian Church of Chicago.[4] 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.[4]

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Chicago Tribune "Contested races for the U.S. House" Accessed March 12, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Bobby Rush" Accessed April 20, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Congressman Bobby Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District "Biography" Accessed October 28, 2011
  5. Rush, Bobby L "Biographical Information" Accessed October 28, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Congressman Bobby L. Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed October 28, 2011
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994"
  19. Federal Election Commission "Jim Moran's 2012 Summary reports," Accessed September 20, 2012
  20. Bobby L. Rush "Pre-Primary Report" Accessed July 7, 2012
  21. Bobby L. Rush "April Quarterly" Accessed July 7, 2012
  22. Bobby L. Rush "July Quarterly" Accessed September 26, 2012
  23. Bobby L. Rush "October Quarterly" Accessed October 15, 2012
  24. Bobby L. Rush "Pre-General" Accessed November 19, 2012
  25. Open Secrets "Bobby L Rush 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28, 2011
  26. LegiStorm "Bobby Rush"
  27. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  28. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  29. 29.0 29.1 Cbs News "Dem Rep. Bobby Rush escorted from House floor for wearing hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin" Accessed March 29, 2012