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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 Announces the Passing of His Wife Carolyn Rush, 68
CHICAGO — With great sadness, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced the passing of his wife Carolyn, 68, who died this morning of congestive heart failure at the University of Chicago Hospital. “Today I have lost my best friend, the love of my life, my confidant and my best half,” said Rush, who was at her bedside, along with her children, when she died. “This is one of the most difficult days of my life. If there is any comfort at all, it is in knowing that Carolyn is no longer suffering and that she has returned to our Father in Heaven. I will always cherish her. She was everything to me. I am devastated.” He also said, “I want to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support over the last several months as Carolyn’s health faded. I want to commend the University of Chicago’s medical staff who provided excellent care for her for the duration of her illness. “I also express my sincerest appreciation to my colleagues in Congress, and to my
Rush Blasts House Republicans For "Peek-A-Boo" Politics That Will Cost Millions of Americans Access to Affordable Health Care
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) lambasted Republicans who seek to demolish the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and render millions of Americans without access to affordable health care. The legislator accused his colleagues of playing childish games with the lives of the elderly, the disabled, children and working families. “We’ve heard rumors of drastic changes to the ACA and from what I’ve heard they will scare the hell out of anybody who desperately needs health insurance coverage,” Rush said. “The Republicans are playing peak-a-boo with seniors, the disabled, women and children — and are acting like vampires waiting for the sun to go down so they can make their move on those they perceive weaker than them. We’re here to protect the public’s interests and not wind up as cheerleaders for private profits.” A recent analysis issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimated that 18 million Ame
Rush: Illinois to Lose $3.2 Billion in Federal Funding Under TrumpCare
CHICAGO — Today, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the Republican’s “Pay More for Less” repeal bill. U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reacted strongly to the GOP’s latest offensive on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will render millions of Americans without medical coverage. Illinois ranks number 48 in receiving Medicaid matching funds, with more than 212,022 enrollees in the 1st Congressional District alone. “This draconian effort by the Republicans has a long way to go before this becomes law of the land,” Rush said. “Although ‘Pay More For Less’ passed the Energy and Commerce Committee (and will likely get through the Budget Committee), this assault on American health care will face a difficult challenge when it reaches the full House of Representatives. “The American people will not sit by and have their rights reduced while the wealthy secure increases,” said Rush. “Elimination of the Medicaid expansion will strip medical cov
Some 1.1 Million Illinois Residents Could Lose Health Care Coverage if ACA is Replaced With “TrumpCare”
CHICAGO — The office of Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following fact sheet about the impact of “TrumpCare” on Illinois and the 1st Congressional District if Republicans are successful in dismantling the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Illinois stands to lose $3.2 billion in federal funding. “The elimination of the Medicaid expansion will strip medical coverage from 637,056 Illinoisans and $3.2 billion in federal Medicaid funding from the state as a whole,” Rush said. “Abolishing the Medicaid expansion will prevent 55,000 of my constituents from accessing affordable health care and will have a detrimental impact on them and our society as a whole. The “Make America Sick Again” proposals from the Republicans will face a vigorous challenge when it reaches the full House.” Roughly 20 million Americans have gained access to health care through the coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including subsidized coverage through the insurance Mark

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