Bio: United States Representative Bobby L. Rush is a transcendent American leader who keeps his legislative and policy interests sharply focused on the needs of his constituents — especially the most vulnerable. He believes in the redemptive power of the human spirit. He believes in human ingenuity and tenacity. He knows the power of a made up mind. As a member of Congress, Rush stands on the shoulders of a long line of patriots and public servants who have gone before him and who are ardent believers in our Constitution. His life is an example of our nation’s fundamental promise and his work reflects a deep determination to bend the arc of government resources and innovation towards the needs of every American — whether they live on our nation’s main streets or its side streets.
Chicago and her surrounding communities are a microcosm of America. While large parts of Rush’s district include communities that can boast world class health and educational institutions and a diverse array of businesses, there are others where youth unemployment and acts of violence are far too common. In addition to his congressional responsibilities, Rush is the pastor of the Beloved Community Christian Church of God in Christ in Chicago. Rush listens to his constituents with a pastor’s ear and acts on their needs with a politician’s skill.
He and his wife, Carolyn, have a blended family with seven children including a son who lost his life to gun violence in 1999.
Military Bio: Rush is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army and an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theology.
1963 – 1968
R.6496 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)
To require reports on the management of Arlington National Cemetery.
Sponsor: Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1] (Introduced 12/07/2010) Cosponsors: (11)
Committees: House – Veterans’ Affairs
Latest Action: 12/07/2010 Referred to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. (All Actions)
Notes: For further action, see S.3860, which became Public Law 111-339 on 12/22/2010.