Cheri Bustos

U.S. Representative from Illinois

Cheryl Lea Bustos /ˈbsts/ (née Callahan; born October 17, 1961) is an American journalist, healthcare executive, and politician. Bustos was the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 17th congressional district from 2013 to 2023. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Bustos was the first woman elected to Congress from her district.[1]

Cheri Bustos
Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 3, 2021
LeaderNancy Pelosi
Preceded bySteve Israel
Succeeded bySean Patrick Maloney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 17th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2023
Preceded byBobby Schilling
Succeeded byEric Sorensen
Personal details
Born (1961-10-17) October 17, 1961 (age 62)
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gerry Bustos
Children3 sons
EducationUniversity of Maryland,
College Park
University of Illinois,
WebsiteHouse website

In April 2021, Bustos announced that she would not run for another term in 2022.[2]


  1. Brand, Anna (September 12, 2014). "'30 in 30': Women Candidates to Watch in 2014 – Cheri Bustos". MSNBC. MSNBC. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  2. Bendery, Jennifer (2021-04-30). "Democrat Cheri Bustos Announces Retirement From Congress". HuffPost. Retrieved 2021-04-30.

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