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Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.)

District: 1st District
Political Highlights: candidate for Chicago City Council, 1975; sought Democratic nomination for Ill. House, 1978; Chicago City Council, 1983-93; candidate for mayor of Chicago, 1999; U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-present
Born: Nov. 23, 1946; Albany, Ga.
Residence: Chicago
Religion: Protestant
Family: Wife, Carolyn Rush; six children (one deceased)
Education: Roosevelt U., B.A. 1973; U. of Illinois, Chicago, attended 1975-77; U. of Illinois, Chicago, M.A. 1994; McCormick Theological Seminary, M.A. 1998
Military Service: Army, 1963-68
Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (12th term)
Committee Assignments: Energy & Commerce (Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade; Communications & Technology; Energy & Power - Ranking Member)

Election History
2014generalBobby Rush (D) 162,26873.1
Jimmy Tillman (R) 59,74926.9
2012generalBobby Rush (D) 236,85473.8
Donald Peloquin (R) 83,98926.2
2010generalBobby Rush (D) 148,17080.4
Raymond Wardingley (R) 29,25315.9
Jeff Adams (D) 6,9633.8
2008generalBobby Rush (D) 233,03685.9
Antoine Members (R) 38,36114.1
2006generalBobby Rush (D) 146,62384.1
Jason Tabor (R) 27,80415.9
2004generalBobby Rush (D) 212,10984.9
Raymond Wardingley (R) 37,84015.1
2002generalBobby Rush (D) 149,06881.2
Raymond Wardingley (R) 29,77616.2
Dorothy Tsatsos (LIBERT) 4,8122.6
2000generalBobby Rush (D) 172,27187.8
Raymond Wardingley (R) 23,91512.2
1998generalBobby Rush (D) 151,89087.1
Marlene Ahimaz (R) 18,42910.6
Marjorie Kohls (LIBERT) 4,0462.3
1996generalBobby Rush (D) 174,00585.7
Noel Naughton (R) 25,65912.6
Tim Griffin (LIBERT) 3,4491.7
1994generalBobby Rush (D) 112,47475.7
William Kelly (R) 36,03824.3
1992generalBobby Rush (D) 209,25882.8
Jay Walker (R) 43,45317.2
Roll Call Vitals


Illinois is 16th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.