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Cheri Bustos
Cheri Bustos.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 17
In office
January 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorBobby Schilling (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,212,530
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
East Moline City Council
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland
Master'sUniversity of Illinois
Date of birthOct. 17, 1961
Place of birthSpringfield, Illinois
ProfessionPresident of the board of directors of the Women’s Connection
Net worth$578,512
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Cheri Bustos campaign logo
Cheri Bustos (b. October 17, 1961, in Springfield, Illinois) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 17th Congressional District of Illinois since 2013.

She defeated candidates Greg Aguilar and George Gaulrapp in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012. She then defeated incumbent Bobby Schilling (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

She is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]

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

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bustos is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Democratic Party line more than her fellow members.


Bustos was born in Springfield, Illinois.[3] She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her master’s degree in journalism from University of Illinois at Springfield. [3] She also attended Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Bustos' academic, professional and political career[4]:

  • 2008-2012: Vice President of Public Relations and Communications at IHS
  • 2007-2011: Alderwoman on the City Council in East Moline, Illinois
  • 2002-2008: Senior Director Trinity Regional Health System
  • 1985-2002: Reporter for Quad City Times
  • 1983-1985: Attended the University of Illinois (Springfield), earned a M.A.
  • 1979-1983: Attended the University of Maryland, earned a B.S.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bustos serves on the following committees:[5]


Legislative actions

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to Bustos's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Bustos voted in favor of 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.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Bustos 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.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Bustos voted in favor of 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.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[8]


Voted "Yes" Bustos 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.[8]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" 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.[10] 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.[11] Bustos voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "Yes" 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.[13] 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. Bustos voted for HR 2775.[14]

Pay during government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Bustos asked that her paycheck be withheld during the shutdown.[15]

2013 Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" The comprehensive farm bill failed in the House due largely in part to the votes of 8 Democratic House members who joined the Republican majority to vote down the measure.[16] Reps. Collin Peterson, John Barrow, Bishop, Bustos, Sean Maloney, Mike McIntyre, Bill Owens, and Tim Walz were the 8 Democratic members who voted to reject the bill.[16] According to analysis by OpenSecrets, many of these Democratic members have received significant political contributions from agricultural organizations that benefit from crop insurance subsidies.[16] Five of the eight are on the House Agriculture Committee--Peterson, Bustos, Maloney, McIntyre, and Walz-- from which agribusiness firms routinely target committee members with sizable contributions.[16]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Bustos 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.[8]


Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "No" Bustos 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.[8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "No" Bustos 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.[8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Neutral/Abstain Bustos did not vote on 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.[8]

Campaign themes


On her campaign website Bustos has 10 leading issues that she is concerned about. They are:[17]

  • Affordable Health Care: Excerpt: "The new reform law is not perfect, but makes real improvements in our health care system. It lowers costs for small businesses and makes sure you have coverage that cannot be taken away. It stops insurance companies from denying coverage of pre-existing conditions and allows children to stay on their parents’ health insurance for longer. I will oppose any attempts to repeal these needed reforms. Instead, we should fix what does not work and pass further improvements that focus on lowering costs, while preserving patient choice and quality."
  • Agriculture/ Rural Development: Excerpt: "We need to sustain and enhance our agricultural economy and take advantage of our natural resources as tools of economic competitiveness and growth. Soil, wind, sunshine and water are in abundant supply in our region. We can make them the foundation of development opportunities for ethanol, biodiesel, hydroelectric power and solar and wind energy. My vision to strengthen our agricultural economy, rural areas and small towns is anchored by economic growth and sustainability."
  • Education: Excerpt: "In Congress, I will work hard to support our public schools and expand educational opportunities for lifelong learning. It is an outrage that the average college graduate enters the workforce with more than $25,000 in student loan debts. If education is the priority we say it is, then we need to back it up by protecting grant programs and working to reduce student loan costs."
  • Energy and the Environment: Excerpt: "Affordable and reliable energy is critical to our economy as well as our quality of life. Unfortunately our politicians in Springfield and Washington have embraced policies that increase the cost of energy on small business and consumers as well as continue our dependency on foreign oil."
  • Jobs and the Economy: Excerpt: "In addition to strong and growing businesses, we need strong and healthy labor organizations. I believe without labor unions we would not have a middle class – and today both are shrinking. We must turn that around. That’s why have released a jobs plan and announced my campaign with a proposal to create a “Manufacturing Triangle” to focus our area on innovation and rebuilding our manufacturing base."
  • Medicare and Social Security: Excerpt: "To ensure Medicare’s long-term financial stability, we should implement common sense reforms to lower costs, like electronic medical records and better coordination of services. We should also use Medicare’s negotiating power to get better prices, including for prescription drugs. And we must do a better job of eliminating fraud and abuse to help lower costs and preserve Medicare for generations to come. I also strongly oppose any attempt to privatize Social Security or cut benefits. Social Security is a critically important element of retirement and I will fight to protect it."
  • Protecting Taxpayers & Reducing the Deficit: Excerpt: "We can start by implementing the recommendations of a nonpartisan Government Accountability Office report issued earlier this year that found widespread waste and inefficiency in federal programs. For example, the federal government has 47 job training programs, 44 of which overlap. Simply consolidating programs that overlap can save tens of billions of dollars while not impacting program quality. We should insist that Washington get more efficient and smarter, while making sure we protect the middle class and working families from higher taxes."
  • Reforming Government: Excerpt: "Part of the problem – whether it’s Washington or Springfield – is that our politicians have become so detached from the rest of us and our daily lives, that they don’t feel the same sense of urgency to solve the problems we face. That needs to change. I believe we need more everyday people in public service – people who are raising families on two incomes, who cut coupons and have to balance their checkbooks. I also support more transparency in government and additional accountability measures to ensure that our tax dollars are not wasted nor used to help pad the pockets of special interests in Washington. To borrow from one of Illinois’ best, I believe it’s time that we got back to a government of the people, by the people, for the people."
  • Veterans and Our Armed Forces: Excerpt: "We should fully fund veterans’ health care benefits and make full funding mandatory by law. Anything less is a disgrace. We must also provide state-of-the-art care for traumatic brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If any veteran has difficulties navigating the Veterans Administration system for care or getting their needed benefits, I will work doggedly to cut through the red-tape and get them the benefits they have earned. In addition, I support providing our service members with help returning to the workforce, financial planning, as well as job training and college opportunities."
  • Women's Issues: Excerpt: "I support a woman’s right to choose and will work to ensure that this remains a decision made by women, not the government. I believe a woman’s reproductive health is critically important and support access to family planning and reproductive freedom. In addition, I believe we should expand efforts to use stem cell research to find cures for diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s."



See also: Illinois' 17th Congressional District elections, 2014

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

She is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[2]


See also: Illinois' 17th Congressional District elections, 2012

Bustos defeated incumbent Bobby Schilling.[18] Bustos ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 17th District. Bustos had sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket. [19] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Bobby Schilling had sought re-election on the Republican ticket.

Bustos defeated Greg Aguilar and George Gaulrapp in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012.[1] Incumbent Bobby Schilling ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Schilling will face Bustos in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCheri Bustos 53.3% 153,519
     Republican Bobby Schilling Incumbent 46.7% 134,623
     Independent Eric Reyes 0% 10
Total Votes 288,152
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"
U.S. House, Illinois District 17 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCheri Bustos 54.4% 18,652
George Gaulrapp 25.8% 8,838
Greg Aguilar 19.8% 6,798
Total Votes 34,288

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bustos is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bustos raised a total of $2,212,530 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 7, 2013.[20]

Cheri Bustos's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 17) Won $2,212,530
Grand Total Raised $2,212,530


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bustos' reports.[21]


Breakdown of the source of Bustos' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Bustos won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bustos' campaign committee raised a total of $2,212,530 and spent $2,187,283.[29] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[30]

Cost per vote

Bustos spent $14.25 per vote received in 2012.


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bustos is a "centrist Democratic follower," as of June 17, 2013.[31]

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.[32]

Bustos most often votes with:

Bustos 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.


Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Bustos missed 1 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[33]

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, Bustos's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $191,025 and $965,999. That averages to $578,512, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Bustos ranked as the 255th most wealthy representative in 2012.[34]

Cheri Bustos Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year

Voting with party


Cheri Bustos voted with the Democratic Party 88.7% of the time, which ranked 176th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[35]


Bustos' husband, Gerry, is a captain with the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department and is the founder and commander of the Quad-City Bomb Squad. They have three sons, Tony, Nick and Joey, a daughter-in-law, Amanda, and grandson, Keiton. [36]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bustos for Congress "About" Accessed January 16, 2012
  4. National Journal, "Illinois, 17th House District," November 7, 2012
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 Project Votesmart, "Cheri Bostos Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 3, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Open Secrets "Agribusiness and the Farm Bill: Wayward Dems Benefit from Contributions" Accessed July 19, 2013
  17. Cheri Bustos for Congress "Issues" Accessed December 31, 2011
  18. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  19. Quad-City Times "Illinois’ 17th District field taking shape" Accessed December 15, 2011
  20. Open Secrets "Cheri Bustos" Accessed April 7, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "Cheri Bustos 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 23, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  29. Open Secrets "Cheri Bustos 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  31. Gov Track "Cheri Bustos" Accessed June 17, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jo Bustos," Accessed August 1, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Cheri Bustos," Accessed April 1, 2013
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Bustos (D-IL), 2012"
  35. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  36. Cheri Bustos for Congress "About Cheri Bustos" Accessed December 31, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby Schilling (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 17
Succeeded by