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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
PredecessorCharles Hayes (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.01 in 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]

He 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 takes place November 4, 2014.

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

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.[7]

“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.[7]

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.[7] 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.[7]

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.[7]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Rush's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

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."[10][11] 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.[10][11]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Rush voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Rush voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[12]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "No" Rush voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[13] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[12]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Rush voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[12]

Economy

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Rush voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Rush voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[12]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Rush voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[12]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Rush voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[12]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[14]

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 takes 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.[15]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Bobby L. Rush (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]4/15/2013$24,438.29$60,550.00$(22,906.11)$62,082.18
July Quarterly[29]7/14/2013$62,082.18$58,350.00$(72,678.15)$47,754.03
October Quarterly[30]10/13/2013$47,754.03$39,001.00$(48,248.83)$38,506.20
Running totals
$157,901$(143,833.09)

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.[31] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[32]

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 .[33]

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.[34]

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.[35]

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.[36]

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.[37]

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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

Recent news

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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 7.2 7.3 7.4 Chicago Sun Times "Rep. Rush angrily denies pressuring ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford" Accessed August 7, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 Project Votesmart, "Bobby Rush Key Votes," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  14. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  15. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Bobby Rush" Accessed April 5, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Bobby L. Rush 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 23, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  31. Open Secrets "Bobby Rush 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Bobby L Rush 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28, 2011
  34. Gov Track "Bobby Rush" Accessed June 16, 2013
  35. OpenCongress, "Rep. Bobby Rush," Accessed August 1, 2013
  36. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  37. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  38. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  39. GovTrack, "Bobby Rush," Accessed April 1, 2013
  40. LegiStorm "Bobby Rush"
  41. 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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