Bobby Rush

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Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Bobby Lee Rush has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 1st District of Illinois. 


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

Rush voted against the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Communications Opportunity Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006

In 2006 Rush partnered with Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) to create the Communications Opportunity Promotion and Enhancement Act of 2006. The COPE Act or "Barton-Rush" bill would allow major telephone companies to compete with cable television companies. It has also been widely critized for making Net neutrality impossible, which could possibly lead to a multi-tiered Internet where some websites would move and load faster if they pay an additional fee to providers like Verizon and Comcast.[1]

In an article published April 26, 2006, in the Chicago Sun-Times Lynne Sweet revealed that "An Englewood community center founded by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a key player on telecommunications legislation, received a $1 million grant from the charitable arm of SBC/AT&T, one of the nation's largest phone companies." The SBC/AT&T grant payments began in 2001 and the final check came in 2004. Rush tried to play down the appearance of a conflict of interest by stating that the grant "you are referring to is over a half decade old." [2]

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, SBC has donated $39,000 to Rush's campaigns since he was first elected in 1992 making them his fourth largest donor. AT&T has already donated $7,500 to Rush this election cycle. They are his number two largest donor for this cycle. [3]

Further analysis of Rush's campaign finances at Open, shows that Rush has received significant donations from major broadband providers. Since the 1998 election cycle, the company that is now AT&T (mergers brought AT&T together with SBC, Ameritech, and BellSouth, among others) has donated almost $49,000 to Rush's campaigns. In addition, Rush has recieved $7,500 from Comcast, $20,000 from Verizon, and $22,499 from the National Cable and Telecommunications Association since the 1998 election cycle. Since 1998, Rush's total telecom donations have amounted to $204,011. [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9], [10], [11], [12], [13]



Rush was born November 23, 1946 in Albany, Georgia. He was educated at Roosevelt University, the University of Illinois and McCormick Theological Seminary (all in Chicago), served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1968, founded the Illinois chapter of the revolutionary Black Panther Party.

Congressional Career

He was an insurance agent and member of the Chicago City Council before entering the House. On July 15, 2004, he became the second sitting Congressman, after Charlie Rangel, to be arrested in as many days for protesting alleged human rights violations at the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC.

2006 elections

In 2006, Republicans nominated Jason E. Tabour to face Rush in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [14] Rush retained his seat.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Illinois superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Bobby Rush, as a superdelegate, had endorsed Barack Obama for President.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Laborers Union$ 15,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union$ 15,000
Verizon Communications$ 13,500
Exelon Corp$ 11,000
National Cable & Telecommunications Assn$ 10,500
American Society of Anesthesiologists$ 10,000
Cox Enterprises$ 10,000
CSX Corp$ 10,000
Service Employees International Union$ 10,000
McDonald's Corp$ 9,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Bobby Rush
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Co-Chair, Congressional Biotechnology Caucus
  • Secretary, Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
  • Associate Member, Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Congressional Human Rights Caucus
  • Congressional Hunger Caucus
  • Congressional Postal Caucus
  • Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus
  • Congressional Urban Caucus
  • Congressional Vietnam-Era Veterans Caucus
  • Democratic Study Group
  • Deputy Regional Whip
  • United States Delegate, North Atlantic Assembly

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, 1966-1968
  • Member, Beloved Community Christian Church
  • Coodinator, Free Medical Clinic
  • Co-Founder, Illinois Black Panther Party.

More Background Data


DC office
  • 2268 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-4372 Fax: 202-226-0333
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District offices
  • 3235 West 147th Street, Midlothian, IL 60445
    Ph: 708-385-9550 Fax: (none entered)
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Campaign office
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