Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is an American politician, civil rights leader and pastor. Rush is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district. He was first elected in 1992 and took office in 1993. The district was located in the South Side of Chicago.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 1st district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 1993
|Preceded by||Charles Hayes|
|Chicago City Alderman|
for the 2nd Ward
|Preceded by||William Barnett|
|Succeeded by||Madeline Haithcock|
Bobby Lee Rush
November 23, 1946
Albany, Georgia, U.S.
(m. 1967; div. 1974)
(m. 1981; died 2017)
|Residence||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Roosevelt University (B.G.S.)|
University of Illinois at Chicago (M.A.)
McCormick Seminary (M.A.)
Illinois Institute of Technology (Ph.D.)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1963–1968|
A civil rights activist during the 1960s, Rush became radicalized for a period and founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers.
- NNDB - Bobby Rush
- Remnick, David (November 17, 2008). "The Joshua Generation: Race and the Campaign of Barack Obama". New Yorker.
- Lizza, Ryan (July 21, 2008). "Making It: How Chicago Shaped Obama". The New Yorker.
- Bosman, Julie, "Struggles to Unite Latinos and Blacks", New York Times, April 3, 2015.
- Congressman Bobby Rush official U.S. House site
- Bobby Rush at the Open Directory Project
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Rush Appearances on C-SPAN