Bobby Rush

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Bobby L. Rush
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 1993-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 3, 1992
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
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 has been endorsed in the Democratic primary over Rush.[1] Rush defeated Fred Smith, Clifford Russell, Jr., Jordan Sims, Raymond Lodato, and Harold Bailey in the Democratic primary on March 20, 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 of Representatives

2011-2012

Rush serves 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

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bobby L. Rush has voted with the Democratic Party 93 of the time, which ranked 94 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.[7]

Elections

2012

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

Rush is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 1st District. Rush is seeking the nomination on the Democratic ticket. The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Fred Smith has been 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]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Campaign donors

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 .[17]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 1st Congressional District, 2010 - Bobby Rush Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $532,447
Total Spent $555,188
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Bobby Rush's campaign committee
American Assn for Justice$10,000
AT&T Inc$10,000
Exelon Corp$10,000
Laborers Union$10,000
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Building Trade Unions$46,000
Health Professionals$35,750
Lawyers/Law Firms$34,649
TV/Movies/Music$33,000
Electric Utilities$30,250

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.[18] Rush wore the clothing in a honor of the African American teenager in Florida shot while unarmed and wearing a hooded sweatshirt, Trayvon Martin.[18]

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. Congressman Bobby L. Rush Serving Illinois' 1st Congressional District "Committees and Caucuses" Accessed October 28, 2011
  7. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  9. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000"
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998"
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996"
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994"
  17. Open Secrets "Bobby L Rush 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 28, 2011
  18. 18.0 18.1 Cbs News "Dem Rep. Bobby Rush escorted from House floor for wearing hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin" Accessed March 29, 2012