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The U.S. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district, serving since 1993.
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ENG: Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located principally on the South Side of Chicago. It is a minority-majority district and has a higher percentage of African Americans (65%) than any other congressional district in the nation. Rush has the distinction of being the only person to date to defeat President Barack Obama in an election for public office, when Obama challenged him in a primary election in 2000. Rush is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Early life and political activism After dropping out of high school, Rush joined the U.S. Army in 1963 but went AWOL and received an honorable discharge in 1968. Throughout ...
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10,000 Job Seekers Participate on Day 2 of Rush Jobs Fair

On the heels of a successful ‘Day 1’ jobs event yesterday, for certified MBE/WBE contractors, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush briefed the media on the results of yesterday’s Vendor Fair at Kennedy-King College while also outlining what he hoped to accomplish at today’s event for job seekers. “Yesterday, our entire city saw first-hand the professionalism, the passion and the determination of qualified minority- and women-owned contractors,” said Rush who, along with his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus are holding similar jobs events throughout the ...

Rush Statement on Being Awarded Bronze Mouse Award

U. S. Representative Bobby L. Rush has been awarded the “112th Congress Bronze Mouse Award” in recognition of his official congressional website being named one of the best websites on Capitol Hill. The award was given by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to improve communications between citizens and Congress and enhance operations in Capitol Hill offices. CMF has assessed and graded congressional websites and issued these awards since 2001. "Rep. Rush is to be commended for educating citizens and achieving the highest ...

Rush Answers NCPA's Call For Gov't Reform of the NCAA

Following an NCPA-Drexel University study calling on the federal government to reform the NCAA, US Congressman Bobby Rush announced that he will convene a series of panels to examine various problems in college aports. In a Wall Street Journal article, Congressman Rush stated,"Paying student athletes over and above the value they receive from athletic scholarships could be part of the remedy." The study, authored by NCPA President Ramogi Huma and Drexel University Sport Management professor Ellen Staurowsky, holds that the NCAA is incapable of reforming itself. The study cites a 2009 Knight ...

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Rush Amendment Adopted Unanimously
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) today, released the following statement upon the successful adoption of his amendment to the CHAMPION Act last night: “I am so pleased that my amendment to allow community health centers to participate in the National Institutes of Health’s ‘All of Us’ Research Program was unanimously adopted by my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee. “Unlike research studies that focus on specific diseases or populations, ‘All of Us’ is an ambitious national research project that aims to gather data from over one million people living in the United States. This data will inform thousands of studies, covering a wide variety of health conditions and, ultimately, accelerate research and improve health. “Studies have already shown us that individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and genetic makeup can influence health and disease and this program will allow us to further understand how these differences can a
Rush Statement on CHIP Vote
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement today pursuant to his NO vote on H.R. 3922, the CHAMPION Act, which would reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): “My vote today should not be taken as a reflection of any lack of support for CHIP on my part. Instead, it should be seen for what it is: a protest against the Republican majority’s desire to rob Peter to pay Paul. “CHIP is a vital tool in providing health coverage to the youngest Americans. In fact, CHIP is responsible for providing healthcare coverage for 9 million Americans, 1.6 million of which live in Illinois. This program is particularly important in my district where, as the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families estimates, nearly 42% of children have healthcare coverage because of CHIP. “While I strongly support the CHIP program, I cannot support a bill that would cut over $6 billion from the Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Rush Participates in Gun Violence Forum
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) participated in a Democratic forum of the Energy and Commerce Committee to address Public Health Solutions to Gun Violence. Following the forum, Rush said: “Today’s forum was an important first step in addressing the pandemic of gun violence that plagues communities across our nation. One of today’s biggest lessons is that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution to this menace. Instead, we must approach this holistically and work across industries and ideologies to end this.” Video of the forum is available below: ###
Rush Expresses Support for Disability Community
CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following letter today reiterating his full support for the disability community: ###

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