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Bobby Rush

Personal data
Date of birthNovember 23, 1946(age 70)
Place of birthAlbany, Georgia
Political partyDemocrat
SpouseCarolyn Thomas
ResidenceChicago, Illinois
Alma materRoosevelt University
University of Illinois at Chicago
McCormick Theological Seminary
Occupationelected official, insurance agent, civil rights leader
ReligionChristianity (Baptist)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1963-1968
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 1st district
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 1993
Succeeded byIncumbent
Preceded byCharles Hayes

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Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for , 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.


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