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|Next primary = March 18, 2014
 
|Next election = [[Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
|Next election = [[Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
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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"/>  
 
{{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"/>  
  
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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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>
  
He 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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He {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.<ref name="ilushouse">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/IL_US_House_0318.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014]</ref> {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
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==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Rush was born in Albany, [[Georgia]], on November 23, 1946.<ref name="biography"> [http://rush.house.gov/about-me/biography ''Congressman Bobby Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District'' "Biography" Accessed October 28, 2011] </ref> He was honorably discharged from the Army and is an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theology.<ref name="biography"/>
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Rush was born in Albany, [[Georgia]], on November 23, 1946.<ref name="biography"> [http://rush.house.gov/about-me/biography ''Congressman Bobby Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District'' "Biography" accessed October 28, 2011] </ref> He was honorably discharged from the Army and is an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theology.<ref name="biography"/>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
 
*1993-Present: [[United States House of Representatives]], [[Illinois' 1st Congressional District]]
 
*1993-Present: [[United States House of Representatives]], [[Illinois' 1st Congressional District]]
*1983-1993: Chicago, [[Illinois]] City Council <ref> [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=r000515 ''Rush, Bobby L'' "Biographical Information"  Accessed October 28, 2011] </ref>
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*1983-1993: Chicago, [[Illinois]] City Council<ref> [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=r000515 ''Rush, Bobby L'' "Biographical Information"  accessed October 28, 2011] </ref>
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Rush serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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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," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives'', "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014]</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]]
 
**Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
 
**Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Rush served on the following committees:<ref name="committees"> [http://rush.house.gov/about-me/committees-and-caucuses ''Congressman Bobby L. Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District'' "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed October 28, 2011] </ref>
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Rush served on the following committees:<ref name="committees"> [http://rush.house.gov/about-me/committees-and-caucuses ''Congressman Bobby L. Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District'' "Committees and Caucuses" accessed October 28, 2011] </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]]
 
**Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
 
**Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade
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===Controversy===
 
===Controversy===
 
====Denies pressuring Metra CEO====
 
====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.<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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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>
  
 
“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"/>
 
“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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====Economy====
 
====Economy====
 
=====Farm bill=====
 
=====Farm bill=====
{{Neutral vote}}  On January 29, 2014, the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]] approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, [http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:HR2642: H.R. 2642], known as the Farm Bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx?day=20140129&today=20140212 ''Clerk of U.S. House,'' "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref> The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/house-farm-bill-102806.html ''Politico,'' "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref><ref name="farm">[http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/05/us/politics/senate-passes-long-stalled-farm-bill.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 ''NY Times,'' "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref> However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.<ref name="farm"/> Rush did not vote on the bill.
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{{Neutral vote}}  On January 29, 2014, the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]] approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, [http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:HR2642: H.R. 2642], known as the Farm Bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx?day=20140129&today=20140212 ''Clerk of U.S. House,'' "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref> The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/house-farm-bill-102806.html ''Politico'', "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref><ref name="farm">[http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/05/us/politics/senate-passes-long-stalled-farm-bill.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 ''NY Times,'' "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref> However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.<ref name="farm"/> Rush did not vote on the bill.
  
 
=====2014 Budget=====
 
=====2014 Budget=====
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====Healthcare====
 
====Healthcare====
=====Health Care Reform Rules=====
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=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act=====
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=====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act=====
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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{{Oppose vote}} Rush voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.<ref name="votes"/>
  
 
====Social issues====
 
====Social issues====
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====Previous congressional sessions====
 
====Previous congressional sessions====
 
=====Fiscal Cliff=====
 
=====Fiscal Cliff=====
{{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 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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{{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 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>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
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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Rush {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.<ref name="ilushouse"/> {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
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>
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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>
  
[[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"/>
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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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===2014===
 
===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.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00257121 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Bobby L. Rush 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013]</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://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00257121 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Bobby L. Rush 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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===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> 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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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>
  
 
====Cost per vote====
 
====Cost per vote====
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===2010===
 
===2010===
 
[[File:Bobby L Rush 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Rush's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:Bobby L Rush 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|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 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00004887&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Bobby L Rush 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28, 2011]</ref>
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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 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00004887&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Bobby L Rush 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 28, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
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>
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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 ''GovTrack'', "Bobby Rush" accessed June 16, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400350_Bobby_Rush ''OpenCongress,'' "Rep. Bobby Rush," Accessed August 1, 2013]</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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====2012====
 
====2012====
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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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>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
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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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>
  
 
===Voting with party===
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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 January 1993 to March 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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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Rush missed 1,791 of 13,519 roll call votes from January 1993 to March 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>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/452/Rep_Bobby_Rush.html LegiStorm "Bobby Rush"]</ref>
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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>
  
 
===Net worth===
 
===Net worth===
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
  
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Rush's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $250,001 and $500,000. That averages to '''$375,000.50,''' which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Rush ranked as the 300th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004887&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets.org,'' "Bobby Rush (D-IL), 2012"]</ref>
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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 primaryMarch 18, 2014
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$375,000.50
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 running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.[4] 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 was honorably discharged from the Army and is 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:[6][7]

  • 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:[8]

  • 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.[9]

“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.[9]

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.[9] 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.[9]

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.[9]

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.[10] For more information pertaining to Rush's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[11]

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."[12][13] 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.[12][13]

DHS 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.[14]

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.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Rush voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]

NDAA

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.[14]

Economy

Farm bill

Neutral/Abstain On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[16] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Rush did not vote on the bill.

2014 Budget

Neutral/Abstain On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Rush did not vote on the bill.[19][20]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Neutral/Abstain On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[22] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[23] Rush did not vote on the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Neutral/Abstain The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Rush did not vote on HR 2775.[26]

Immigration

Morton Memos 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.[14]

Healthcare

Healthcare 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.[14]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Rush voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare 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.[14]

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.[14]

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.[27]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Rush is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.[4] 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.[28]

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.[39]

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.[40]

Bobby L. Rush (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2013$24,438.29$60,550.00$(22,906.11)$62,082.18
July Quarterly[42]July 14, 2013$62,082.18$58,350.00$(72,678.15)$47,754.03
October Quarterly[43]October 13, 2013$47,754.03$39,001.00$(48,248.83)$38,506.20
Year-end[44]January 31, 2014$38,506$53,500$(40,505)$51,500
Pre-Primary[45]March 6, 2014$51,500$0$(4,314)$47,186
April Quarterly[46]April 15, 2014$47,186$20,000$(8,535)$58,650
Running totals
$231,401$(197,187.09)

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.[47] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

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 .[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

Rush most often votes with:

Rush least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

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.

2012

Rush ranked 1st in the liberal rankings in 2012.[52]

2011

Rush ranked 57th in the liberal rankings.[53]

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.[54]

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 January 1993 to March 2013. This amounts to 13.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[55]

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.[56]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Rush's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $250,001 and $500,000. That averages to $375,000.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Rush ranked as the 300th most wealthy representative in 2012.[57]

Bobby Rush Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$375,000.500%
2011$375,000N/A

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]

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See also

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. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014
  5. Rush, Bobby L "Biographical Information" accessed October 28, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  8. Congressman Bobby L. Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District "Committees and Caucuses" accessed October 28, 2011
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Chicago Sun Times "Rep. Rush angrily denies pressuring ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford" accessed August 7, 2013
  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 Office of Barbara Lee, "Lee Letter to President Obama," accessed September 2, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 Washington Post, "More than 50 House Democrats also want Syria strike resolution," accessed September 2, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 Project Votesmart, "Bobby Rush Key Votes," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  16. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  17. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 CNN.com "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  21. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  22. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  24. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  25. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  26. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
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  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. Open Secrets, "Bobby Rush" accessed April 5, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "Bobby L. Rush 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 22, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  47. Open Secrets, "Bobby Rush 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "Bobby L Rush 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 28, 2011
  50. GovTrack, "Bobby Rush" accessed June 16, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Rep. Bobby Rush," accessed August 1, 2013
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  55. GovTrack, "Bobby Rush," accessed April 1, 2013
  56. LegiStorm, "Bobby Rush"
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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Hayes (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 1
1993-Present
Succeeded by
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