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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’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: ###  
Rush Statement on Dallas Shooting
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the shooting that killed five police officers and wounded several others in Dallas: “We cannot resort to violence or cast blame and hatred against one another. “We all share in the grief of the violence taking place across this country from Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and for the five officers killed. “As Mahatma Gandhi stated, ‘An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.’ We must call for healing in our nation.” ###
U.S. Representatives Rush & Pallone Propose New Legislation for $5 Million Grant Program to Address Lead Poisoning in Schools
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) introduced new legislation that would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide assistance to schools to replace older drinking water fountains that may contain lead. Locally, a reported 26 Chicago Public Schools were found to have dangerous levels of lead in them. Because it was legal to solder pipes with lead before 1986, many of the water fixtures built before then would need to be replaced in order for the city to be sure that its water is lead-free. Since a project of this scale has never been tried before, it’s difficult to know just how much funding it would take to complete an initiative of this size. Rush’s bill would establish a grant program to provide assistance to local educational agencies for the replacement of drinking water fountains manufactured prior to 1988. “When lead builds up in the body even in small amounts it can cause serious health problems,” said Rush.
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

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