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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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Representatives Rush and Bustos Introduce Bill to Amend Safe Drinking Water Act
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) introduced a bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act.  This bill would establish a $50 million grant program within EPA that would allow local education agencies and districts to replace lead service lines and lead solder used in school plumbing. This bill is a companion to an earlier bill Rush introduced that would provide grants to schools to replace older water tanks manufactured prior to 1988. “As the Ranking Member of the Energy and Power Subcommittee on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Bustos and myself represent both Chicago and downstate Illinois within the two committees of jurisdiction over this issue,” said Rush. Rep. Bustos currently sits on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “This is a problem that predates all of our tenures, but we understand how widespread this issue is and what resources are going to be needed to address it from the local, state a
Rush Honors Veterans Day
CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces: “The nearly two million men and women who have served, and are currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces protect the civil liberties of all Americans. We know that their sacrifice is great for family and country. On this day we give honor to each and every one of them for their commitment to our nation’s creeds. “Our country needs our veterans. This weekend, and throughout the year, let us consider the spirit of Veterans Day and reflect upon the vital role of our veterans as they help make our nation what it is today. Though there are not enough words to truly describe how grateful we are for all our veterans have done, we should remain mindful to say ‘thank you’. ###
Rush, Durbin & Kirk to Introduce Bronzeville–Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Act
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) will introduce the Bronzeville–Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Act when Congress returns from recess. U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will be introducing companion legislation in the Senate. This legislation would create the Bronzeville–Black Metropolis National Heritage Area to provide national recognition and resources to the story of African-American perseverance from the Civil War to the modern day. “Providing national recognition to the rich historical and cultural influence of this area will generate economic development and encourage tourists from around the world to visit and be proud of the contributions the African-American community has made to Chicagoland, our state and our nation,” said Kirk. The Heritage Area will help bring to life the well-documented impact of the African-American community to Chicago’s culture and economy since the Great Migration, when thousands of
Rush’s Seeks Jobs in Meeting of Senate and House Conferees on S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016
WASHIINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke during the opening session of the conference committee to resolve differences between the Senate and the House energy bills. This is the first time the 46 members of the committee met. Rush offered opening remarks that called for inclusion of underrepresented groups for energy- and manufacturing-related jobs in the burgeoning fields. Rush remarked, “If we want to make sure that all communities are able to succeed then we must be willing to invest in these communities.” The Senate and House Conferees focused on drafting a comprehensive energy bill that address the many changes that have taken place in the energy landscape since 2006. Rush remains hopeful that Congress will enact bipartisan legislation to move the nation’s energy policy forward. To listen to the entirety of Rush’s remarks view the link below: ###  

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