Bobby Rush

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Bobby Rush
U.S. Representative – IL-01
Party Democratic
Assumed office

January 3, 1993

Preceded by Charles Hayes
Born November 23, 1946
Spouse Carolyn Thomas
Religion Baptist

Congressman Bobby L. Rush represents the First Congressional District of Illinois.


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Congressman Rush was born November 23, 1946 in Albany, Georgia. At the age of 17, Rush enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the military from 1963 until 1968, receiving an honorable discharge.

Following his military service, Rush attended Roosevelt University, where he received a bachelor's degree in general studies in 1973, with honors. In 1994, he received a master's degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Congressman Rush received his second master's degree, in 1998, in theological studies from McCormick Seminary, and, soon thereafter, became an ordained Baptist minister.

Congressman Rush was a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1966 to 1968. Congressman Rush was a co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party in 1968. [1]

Foreign Travel

In 2004-2005 Rush traveled to Japan, Mongolia and China and reported $2,867.00 in expenses paid by U.S. taxpayers. Source: "Where the Illinois Congressional Delegation Traveled in 2004-2005." Associated Press. March 13, 2006.



Washington DC Office
2416 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4372
Fax: (202) 226-0333

Chicago Office
700-706 E. 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60619
Phone: (773) 224-6500
Fax: (773) 224-9624

South Suburban Office
3235 W. 147th Street
Midlothian, IL 60445
Phone: 708-385-9550
Fax: 708-385-3860

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