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Bobby Rush
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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
In office
1983–1993
Preceded by William Barnett
Succeeded by Madeline Haithcock
Personal details
Born
Bobby Lee Rush

November 23, 1946 (1946-11-23) (age 73)
Albany, Georgia, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)
Sandra Milan
(m. 1967; div. 1974)

Carolyn Thomas
(m. 1981; died 2017)
Children 7
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.)
Occupation
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1963–1968

Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is an American politician, civil rights leader and pastor. Rush is the U.S. Representative for IL'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.

A member of the Democratic Party, Rush is the only politician to have defeated Barack Obama in an election, which he did in the 2000 Democratic primary for Illinois' 1st congressional district.

A civil rights activist during the 1960s, Rush became radicalized for a period and founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers.

In 1999, Rush ran for Mayor of Chicago, but lost in the Democratic primary to incumbent Richard M. Daley.

In 2015, Rush endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Emanuel's run-off reelection campaign against Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

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