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Current Position: US Representative for IL District 1 since 1993
Affiliation: Democrat

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Today would be a great day to pass the Emmett Till #AntilynchingAct and finally make lynching a federal hate crime in America.

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Rep. Bobby Rush Thinks Police Departments Are Worse Now Than in His Black Panther Days

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Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy (Chairman)

Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) that would award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor the contributions of all of those whose efforts led to the successful development of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused once-in-a-generation damage to communities across the country, including in the 1st District, where we mourn the loss of at least 1,530 individuals to this horrific disease,” said Rush. “The development and widespread distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines has saved countless lives and allowed us to begin moving forward from this public health emergency, which has deeply affected all of us and disproportionately sickened Black and Brown Americans.”

“To honor the incredible feat of medicine and science that the vaccines represent, and in recognition of the tireless efforts to deliver these vaccines to the public, I am proud to introduce legislation to dedicate a Congressional Gold Medal to those involved in the production and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. A Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow, and the massive effort across the government and private sector that brought us these lifesaving vaccines is certainly worthy of this distinction. I encourage every eligible person who has not yet gotten the vaccine to do so as soon as possible — for yourself, for your loved ones, and for your community. I thank my colleague Rep. Katko for his partnership in this effort.”

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WASHINGTON —Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Energy Subcommittee, Peter DeFazio (D-Oreg.), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, released the following statement after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that examined the safety performance of TC Energy.

“GAO’s report validates President Biden’s decision to revoke the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline,” the Chairs said.  “In its thorough review of the pipeline’s history and construction, GAO found that preventable construction issues contributed to the current Keystone pipeline’s spills more frequently than the industry-wide trends.  In fact, GAO found that, while corrosion was the industry’s leading cause of such accidents on crude oil pipelines, half of Keystone’s accidents were caused by material failure of the pipe or weld.  Additionally, four of the pipeline’s largest spills were caused by construction of the pipeline, manufacturing of the pipe, or original design issues.  TC Energy’s record among its peers is one of the worst in terms of volume of oil spilled per mile transported.  President Biden was clearly right to question this operator’s ability to construct a safe and resilient pipeline, and we support his decision to put Americans’ health and environment above industry interests.”

This report was requested in November 2019 by the Chairs of the Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce Committees, which have pipeline oversight jurisdiction, following two major releases of crude oil from the Keystone pipeline in less than two years resulting in over 11,000 barrels of oil leaked.

Read the full GAO report.

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for IL District 1 since 1993
Affiliation: Democrat

Featured Quote: 
Today would be a great day to pass the Emmett Till #AntilynchingAct and finally make lynching a federal hate crime in America.

Featured Video: 
Rep. Bobby Rush Thinks Police Departments Are Worse Now Than in His Black Panther Days

Other Positions:

Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy (Chairman)

News

Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced bipartisan legislation with Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) that would award a Congressional Gold Medal to honor the contributions of all of those whose efforts led to the successful development of the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused once-in-a-generation damage to communities across the country, including in the 1st District, where we mourn the loss of at least 1,530 individuals to this horrific disease,” said Rush. “The development and widespread distribution of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines has saved countless lives and allowed us to begin moving forward from this public health emergency, which has deeply affected all of us and disproportionately sickened Black and Brown Americans.”

“To honor the incredible feat of medicine and science that the vaccines represent, and in recognition of the tireless efforts to deliver these vaccines to the public, I am proud to introduce legislation to dedicate a Congressional Gold Medal to those involved in the production and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. A Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow, and the massive effort across the government and private sector that brought us these lifesaving vaccines is certainly worthy of this distinction. I encourage every eligible person who has not yet gotten the vaccine to do so as soon as possible — for yourself, for your loved ones, and for your community. I thank my colleague Rep. Katko for his partnership in this effort.”

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WASHINGTON —Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Energy Subcommittee, Peter DeFazio (D-Oreg.), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.), Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, released the following statement after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that examined the safety performance of TC Energy.

“GAO’s report validates President Biden’s decision to revoke the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline,” the Chairs said.  “In its thorough review of the pipeline’s history and construction, GAO found that preventable construction issues contributed to the current Keystone pipeline’s spills more frequently than the industry-wide trends.  In fact, GAO found that, while corrosion was the industry’s leading cause of such accidents on crude oil pipelines, half of Keystone’s accidents were caused by material failure of the pipe or weld.  Additionally, four of the pipeline’s largest spills were caused by construction of the pipeline, manufacturing of the pipe, or original design issues.  TC Energy’s record among its peers is one of the worst in terms of volume of oil spilled per mile transported.  President Biden was clearly right to question this operator’s ability to construct a safe and resilient pipeline, and we support his decision to put Americans’ health and environment above industry interests.”

This report was requested in November 2019 by the Chairs of the Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce Committees, which have pipeline oversight jurisdiction, following two major releases of crude oil from the Keystone pipeline in less than two years resulting in over 11,000 barrels of oil leaked.

Read the full GAO report.

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United States Representative Bobby L. Rush is a transcendent and influential American leader who keeps his legislative and policy interests focused on the needs of his constituents in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable and the communities that feel left behind.  He believes deeply in the redemptive power of the human spirit and in human ingenuity and tenacity.  In office since 1993, 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.  Rush fights every day for his constituents; to improve their lives, grow the economy, bring jobs to the district, and build a stronger middle class.

Chicago and its surrounding communities are a snapshot of the diversity that is found across America.  While large parts of Rush’s district include communities that house 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.  Rush has focused on providing a public policy approach to creating jobs, tackling gun violence, and making communities safer.  Rush is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army and an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theology.  Rush has honorary doctorate degrees from the Virginia University of Lynchburg, Roosevelt University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  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 through hard work, empathy, and a commitment to public service. Rush was married to the late Carolyn Rush for 37 years and recently married Minister Evangelist Paulette Rush.

Legislative Highlights

From his very first year in office, Rush has focused on issues of importance to low- and middle-income families and communities.  In 1993, as a freshman in the 103rd Congress, Rush introduced bills on issues as diverse as Conflict Resolution and Mediation to Public Pensions and Community Development.

Rush’s track record of leadership on energy issues and his support for small business while serving as an alderman in the Chicago City Council paved the way for him to gain a seat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee in his second term.

Rush’s attention to detail in crafting national legislation inspired his peers to elect him Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection during the 111th Congress.  Under Rush’s watch, important pieces of legislation became law including the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-314).  Signed into law by President George W. Bush, this statute is a landmark piece of legislation that provided an effective congressional response to an unprecedented wave of consumer product safety recalls in 2006 and 2007.

Key pieces of legislation that Rush crafted surrounding postpartum depression, women’s health (Sec. 2951 and Sec. 2952 of Subtitle L), and prescription drug offsets (Sec. 7101 and Sec. 7102 of Subtitle B) were adopted in the landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148), signed into law by President Barack Obama.

Because of Rush’s leadership over the years on a range of small business issues and community-based lending, Rush was chosen to serve as a conferee as part of the final, bipartisan deliberative process that led to the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203).  Rush fought hard to help ensure that low- and middle-income consumers would never again fall prey to the ill-conceived, predatory financial practices that led to the near epic collapse of U. S. financial markets in 2008.

In 1996, Rush served as a conferee on the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-104).  This law, the first major overhaul of U.S. telecommunications law in almost 62 years, marked the first time the internet was included in the broadcasting spectrum allotment and paved the way for the growth of cable and internet accessibility throughout the nation.

During his tenure, Rush has brought more than one billion dollars to the 1st Congressional District.  Through his determined advocacy, he has led efforts to fund major infrastructure projects in the district such as the reconstruction of the Dan Ryan Expressway, the Lovana S. ‘Lou’ Jones/Bronzeville Metra Station, the CREATE Englewood Flyover, the CTA Red Line Reconstruction, and the CTA Red Line 95th Street Station Renovation.  Over the years, he has obtained millions of dollars in grants for libraries, museums, municipalities, police departments, hospitals, schools, and programs that support the arts.

As Chairman of the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee, one of Rush’s top priorities has been to increase opportunities for minorities within all sectors of the energy industry.  In order to do so, Rush has introduced the 21st Century Energy Workforce Development Jobs Initiative Act (H.R. 338).  This bipartisan bill establishes a comprehensive program to improve the education and training of workers for energy-related jobs, with an emphasis on increasing the number of skilled minorities and women trained to work in such jobs.

Today, Rush continues to carve an effective course of sound legislative leadership that protects consumers, supports our military personnel, creates jobs, expands businesses, and promotes America’s national energy policy.  As Rush looks to the future, the needs and interests of the people he serves in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois remain front and center.

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Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is an American politician, activist, pastor, and the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 1st congressional district, serving in Congress for more than two decades.

A civil rights activist during the 1960s, Rush co-founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.[1]

Rush was first elected to Congress in 1992. He has since won consecutive re-elections. His district was originally located principally on the South Side of Chicago, with a population from 2003 to early 2013 that was 65 percent African-American, a higher proportion than any other congressional district in the nation. In 2011 the Illinois General Assembly redistricted this area following the 2010 census. Although still minority-majority, since early 2013 it is 51.3 percent African American, 9.8 percent Latino, and 2 percent Asian. He was re-elected in 2018. A member of the Democratic Party, Rush is the only politician to have defeated former President of the United States Barack Obama in an election, which he did in the 2000 Democratic primary for Illinois’s 1st congressional district. He is dean of Illinois’ delegation to the House of Representatives.[2]

Early life, education, and activism

Rush was born on November 23, 1946, in Albany, Georgia. After his parents separated when Rush was 7 years old, his mother took him and his siblings to Chicago, Illinois, joining the Great Migration of African Americans out of the South in the first part of the 20th century. In 1963, Rush dropped out of high school before graduating; he joined the U.S. Army. While stationed in Chicago in 1966, he joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which had helped obtain national civil rights legislation passed in 1964 and 1965. In 1968, he went AWOL from the Army and co-founded the Illinois chapter of the Black Panthers. He later finished his service, receiving an honorable discharge from the Army.

Throughout the 1960s, Rush was involved in the civil rights movement and worked in civil disobedience campaigns in the southern United States. After co-founding the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968, he served as its defense minister.[3] After Black Panther Fred Hampton was assassinated by the Chicago Police Department and the State’s Attorney Office in a police raid, Rush said, “We needed to arm ourselves”, and referred to the police as “pigs”.[4] Earlier that same year Rush had discussed the philosophy of his membership in the Black Panthers saying, “Black people have been on the defensive for all these years. The trend now is not to wait to be attacked. We advocate offensive violence against the power structure.”[5] After Hampton’s death, Rush became acting chairman of the Illinois Black Panther Party.[6]
Rush worked on several non-violent projects that built support for the Black Panthers in African-American communities, such as coordinating a medical clinic which offered sickle-cell anemia testing on an unprecedented scale.[7] Rush was imprisoned for six months in 1972 on a weapons charge, after carrying a pistol into a police station. In 1974, he left the Black Panthers, who were already in decline. “We started glorifying thuggery and drugs”, he told People. Rush, a deeply religious born-again Christian, said, “I don’t repudiate any of my involvement in the Panther party—it was part of my maturing.”[8]

Formal education

Rush earned his Bachelor of General Studies with honors from Roosevelt University in 1973, and a Master’s degree in political science from University of Illinois at Chicago in 1974. He completed a degree in theological studies at McCormick Theological Seminary in 1978.[9] On May 13, 2017 Rush received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, honoris causa, from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) for his outstanding contributions to Chicago.

Politics

Chicago politics

In 1975, Rush ran for a seat on the Chicago City Council, the first of several black militants to seek political office,[citation needed] and was defeated by incumbent alderman William Barnett, placing second with 23% of the vote, behind Barnett’s 55% and ahead of Larry S. Bullock’s 21%.[10] Rush’s allies in the black-power movement abandoned the Democrats in the wake of the political turmoil that followed the sudden death in 1987 of Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington, and formed their own political party, naming it after the late mayor. Rush infuriated Harold Washington Party leaders by spurning their candidates for local offices and, on occasion, backing white Democrats instead. Rush worked with the regular Democrats and was rewarded with the deputy chairmanship of the state party.[11]

Congressional elections

After redistricting in 1992, Rush decided to run in the newly redrawn Illinois’ 1st congressional district, which included much of the South Side of Chicago. The district had a high proportion of African-American residents; it has been represented by Black congressmen since 1929. Rush defeated incumbent U.S. Congressman Charles Hayes and six other candidates in the Democratic primary election in 1992.[12] He won the general election with 83% of the vote.[13] However, the 1st is so heavily Democratic that Rush had all but assured himself of a seat in Congress with his primary win. The district has been in Democratic hands since 1935.

In the 2000 Democratic primary for the Illinois’ 1st congressional district, Rush was challenged by young Illinois State Senator Barack Obama.[14] During the primary, Rush said, “Barack Obama went to Harvard and became an educated fool. Barack is a person who read about the civil rights protests and thinks he knows all about it.”[15]

Rush claimed Obama was insufficiently rooted in Chicago’s black neighborhoods to represent constituents’ concerns.[16] For his part, Obama said Rush was a part of “a politics that is rooted in the past” and said he could build bridges with whites to get things done. But while Obama did well in his own Hyde Park base, he did not get enough support from the surrounding black neighborhoods.[17] Starting with 10% name recognition, Obama eventually gained 30% of the vote, losing by a more than 2-to-1 margin despite winning among white voters. Rush won 61% of the votes overall.[18][19][20][21][22] Rush won the general election for the district with 88% of the vote.[23]

Subsequent Chicago politics

In 1999, Rush ran for Mayor of Chicago, but lost to incumbent Richard M. Daley, an ethnic Irish American whose father had long controlled the city as mayor.[24] He remained active in city and regional politics.

In 2013, Rush criticized a proposal by Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk who suggested that 18,000 members of the Chicago gang “Gangster Disciples” be arrested. Rush called Kirk’s approach “headline grabbing”, and said it was an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about”. A spokesman for Kirk said the Congressman had dealt with the issues for decades.[25]

Also in 2013, Alex Clifford was forced to resign as CEO of Metra commuter rail agency, but soon after he left, a memo was released indirectly accusing Rush of using his political power to steer a $50,000 contract to a Washington-based business group.[26]

Endorsements

In the 2015 Chicago mayoral election, Rush endorsed Mayor Rahm Emanuel in Emanuel’s run-off reelection campaign against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.[27]

In the 2019 Chicago mayoral election, Rush endorsed Bill Daley in the first-round,[28] and Toni Preckwinkle in the runoff.[29]

Though a very close friend to former President Bill Clinton and his wife, politician Hillary Clinton, Rush announced early on in the 2008 Democratic primaries that he would support Barack Obama.[30] After Obama won the Presidency and vacated his Senate seat, Rush proposed that an African American should be appointed to fill that seat.[31] During a press conference, Rush said, “With the resignation of President-elect Obama, we now have no African-Americans in the United States Senate, and we believe it will be a national disgrace to not have this seat filled by one of the many capable African-American Illinois politicians.”[32] Rush said he did not support any particular person, and he was not interested in the seat.[31][32] On December 30, 2008, Governor Rod Blagojevich announced his appointment of Roland Burris, the former Attorney General of Illinois; Rush was present at the press conference and spoke in support of Burris.[33]

Rush endorsed Kamala Harris in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. After she dropped out, he endorsed Michael Bloomberg and became his campaign’s national co-chair.[34]

U.S. House of Representatives

Rush has been considered a loyal Democrat during his tenure; in the 110th Congress, he voted with his party 97.8% of the time.[35] Rush is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus[36] and the House Baltic Caucus.[37]

Issues

Fiscal

Rush initiated the Chicago Partnership for the Earned Income Tax Credit, an ongoing program designed to help low-income working Chicago resident to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal income tax credits.[38]

Healthcare

Rush sponsored the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act passed in 1999. The law temporarily addressed the nursing shortage by providing non-immigrant visas for qualified foreign nurses in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago and was reauthorized in 2005.[39] Rush sponsored the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act, named for Melanie Blocker-Stokes, a Chicago native who jumped to her death from a 12th-story window due to postpartum depression. The bill would provide for research on postpartum depression and psychosis and services for individuals suffering from these disorders.[40] The Children’s Health Act, passed in 2000, incorporated Rush’s Urban Asthma Reduction Act of 1999, amending the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant program and including an integrated approach to asthma management.[41]

Energy

Rush was very outspoken against the GOP’s “No More Solyndras” Bill, which would override a loan guarantee by the Energy Department to encourage research and development. The Energy Department provided a federal loan guarantee to the solar manufacturing company Solyndra to help with R&D.[42] He said the “No More Solyndras Bill” would be better named as the “No More Innovation Bill”.[43]

Firearms

Rush introduced the “Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009” on January 6, 2009. The bill would require all owners of handguns and semiautomatic firearms to register for a federal firearms license. All sales of the subject firearms would have to go through a licensed dealer. It would also make it a criminal act not to register as an owner of a firearm.[44][45]

Darfur genocide

On July 15, 2004, Rush became the second sitting member of Congress, following Charles Rangel and preceding Joe Hoeffel, to be arrested for trespassing while protesting the genocide in Darfur and other violations of human rights in Sudan in front of the Sudanese Embassy.[46][47]

Armed forces

On February 13, 2007, Rush opposed President George W. Bush‘s proposed 20,000-serviceman troop surge in Iraq. He said the presence of the troops in Iraq was the greatest catalyst of violence in Iraq, and advocated a political resolution of the situation. Rush stated that the troop surge would only serve to make the Iraqi situation more volatile.[48]

Trayvon Martin

On March 28, 2012, Rush addressed the House while wearing a hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin, a teenager who was shot in Florida by a local resident. He spoke against racial profiling.[49] As the House forbids its members from wearing headgear as a breach of decorum, Rush was called out of order and escorted from the chamber.[50]

Committee assignments

In the 115th United States Congress (January 3, 2017, to January 3, 2019):

Caucus memberships

Missed votes

Rush’s career average missed vote percentage is 15.7, which is extremely high compared to the median missed vote percentage of 2.2 for members of the U.S. House of Representatives.[52] However, most of his absences were between 2014 and 2016 and he asserts that serious health problems kept him from D.C. In the first session of the 114th session of Congress (January 2015 to December 2015), Rush missed 15.6% of the votes and ranked #12 in most missed votes.[53] Rush had the distinction of missing more votes than any other member of the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2015: out of 6,906 votes, Rush missed 1,549 or 22.4%. Health issues for Rush and his wife were his main explanations for his high number of missed votes.[54][55]

Ethics concerns and conflicts of interest

The Office of Congressional Ethics referred a matter involving Rush to the House Ethics Committee in 2014.[56] The Office of Congressional Ethics report found he did not pay about $365,000 in rent for longtime use of an office to conduct politics.[57][58]
Rush has paid family members for years in questionable practices. Rush had a family member who for years worked for his church but was paid by a campaign supporter and friend.[59] The Federal Election Commission questioned Rush’s campaign over a campaign-finance report that showed thousands of dollars spent on vague categories such as “campaign visibility” and “services rendered.” His campaign paid his wife, Carolyn, $50,000 in 2015 for consulting, and his brother, Marlon Rush of Lansing, $13,000 in 2016 for two months’ work as campaign manager, according to FEC reports.[60][61] Oxford Media Group Inc., an Oak Brook company owned by multimillionaire businessman Joseph Stroud, paid the Commonwealth Edison bill — which was well past due, totaling $17,900 for Rush’s Beloved Community Christian Church in 2010. Rush had personally been named in a ComEd lawsuit over the church’s previous unpaid bills. Stroud was trying to break into the wireless phone industry dominated by Verizon and AT&T, and Rush was pushing for federal tax incentives that would give one of Stroud’s other companies a leg up as a minority-owned business. A nonprofit Rush started got $1 million from the charitable arm of what’s now AT&T for what turned out to be a failed effort to create a “technology center” in Englewood. At the time, the telecom giant was seeking support for legislation in a House committee on which Rush was a key member.[62]

From 2001 to 2013, businesses counting on favorable actions by Rush in Congress donated roughly $1.7 million to Rush’s pet charities. Rush attracted more charitable corporate giving than any other Illinois congressman, by a large margin, according to a Sunlight Foundation study of expenditures from 2009 to 2011. While it is impossible to assign cause and effect, at critical junctures Rush parted with fellow liberal Democrats in Congress to take pro-industry positions aligned with corporate benefactors SBC/AT&T, Comcast and ComEd.[63]

Electoral history

Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 1992[64]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush 209,258 82.81
RepublicanJay Walker43,45317.19
Total votes252,711 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 1994[65]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 112,474 75.73
RepublicanWilliam J. Kelly36,03824.27
Total votes148,512 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 1996[66]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 174,005 85.67
RepublicanNoel Naughton25,65912.63
LibertarianTim M. Griffin3,4491.70
Total votes203,113 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 1998[67]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 85,696 88.82
DemocraticCaleb A. Davis, Jr.10,78511.18
Total votes96,481 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 1998[68]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 151,890 87.11
RepublicanMarlene White Ahimaz18,42910.57
LibertarianMarjorie Kohls4,0462.32
Total votes174,365 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2000[69]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 59,599 61.98
DemocraticBarack Obama29,64930.83
DemocraticDonne E. Trotter6,9157.19
Total votes96,163 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2000[70]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 172,271 87.81
RepublicanRaymond G. Wardingley23,91512.19
Total votes196,186 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2002[71]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 149,068 81.17
RepublicanRaymond G. Wardingley29,77616.21
LibertarianDorothy G. Tsatsos4,8122.62
Total votes183,656 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2004[72]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 212,109 84.86
RepublicanRaymond G. Wardingley37,84015.14
Total votes249,949 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2006[73]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 81,593 81.58
DemocraticPhillip Jackson18,42718.42
Total votes100,020 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2006[74]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 146,623 84.06
RepublicanJason E. Tabour27,80415.94
Total votes174,427 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2008[75]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 134,343 87.45
DemocraticWilliam Walls, III19,27212.55
Total votes153,615 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2008[76]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 233,036 85.87
RepublicanAntoine Members38,36114.13
Total votes271,397 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2010[77]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 68,585 79.70
DemocraticJoAnne Guillemette8,0359.34
DemocraticFred Smith5,2036.05
DemocraticHarold L. Bailey4,2324.92
Total votes86,055 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2010[78]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 148,170 80.36
RepublicanRaymond G. Wardingley29,25315.87
GreenJeff Adams6,9633.78
Total votes184,386 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012[79]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 64,533 83.85
DemocraticRaymond M. Lodato3,2104.17
DemocraticHarold L. Bailey2,5983.38
DemocraticClifford M. Russell Jr.2,4123.13
DemocraticFred Smith2,2322.90
DemocraticJordan Sims1,9802.57
Total votes76,965 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2012[80]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 236,854 73.82
RepublicanDonald E. Peloquin83,98926.18
Write-in votesJohn Hawkins10.00
Total votes320,844 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2014[81]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 162,268 73.09
RepublicanJimmy Lee Tillman59,74926.91
Total votes222,017 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2016[82]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 128,402 71.44
DemocraticHoward B. Brookins, Jr.34,64519.27
DemocraticO. Patrick Brutus16,6969.29
Total votes179,743 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2016[83]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 234,037 74.09
RepublicanAugust (O’Neill) Deuser81,81725.90
Write-in votesTabitha Carson80.00
Total votes315,862 100.0
Illinois 1st Congressional District General Election, 2018[84]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bobby L. Rush (incumbent) 189,560 73.51
RepublicanJimmy Lee Tillman, II50,96019.76
IndependentThomas Rudbeck17,3656.73
Total votes257,885 100.0

Beloved Community Christian Church

Rush is pastor of the Beloved Community Christian Church in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Leaders of other Englewood non-profit organizations complained that the church’s programs — a community development corporation Rebirth of Englewood, a public health center, and a group serving teens convicted of crimes — received an inordinate amount of government aid and weighed heavily on their own efforts for renewal.[85]

Unpaid taxes and wage garnishment

In 2013, Rush and his wife, the Beloved Community Christian Church of which Rush is pastor, and another nonprofit organization operating out of the church had tax delinquencies that added up to $195,000, and the pattern of tax delinquency was a decade old. Unpaid taxes included property taxes, income taxes, and employee withholding taxes.[86] New City Bank sued Rush and his wife for $500,000, claiming they failed to pay their property taxes in 2009.[87][88] In 1994, Rush owed the Internal Revenue Service $55,000 in federal income taxes, according to Cook County records.[89]

Beginning in 2018, 15 percent of Rush’s congressional salary is being garnished to repay more than $1 million he owes on a delinquent loan for the now-closed church he founded in Chicago. Cook County Circuit Judge Alexander White ordered Rush to repay the $550,000 loan that New City Bank granted him and seven other co-signers in 2005. With the money, Rush bought the former Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and restyled it as the Beloved Community Church of God in Christ.[90]

Personal life

Rush has been married three times.[91][92] His first marriage, when he was 19 years old, was to Sandra Milan, until their divorce in 1973.[91] They had two children together.[91] He later married community organizer, precinct captain, and political strategist Carolyn Thomas from 1980 or 1981 until her death from congestive heart failure on March 13, 2017.[93][94] Their blended family had seven surviving children at the time of her death.[94] On June 30, 2018 he married his third wife, minister and author Paulette Holloway.[92]

Rush’s son, Huey Rich, was murdered on the South Side of Chicago at age 29, in October 1999.[95][96][97] He was named after Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton. Rich’s mother was Saundra Rich, who Rush never married.[96] On October 18, 1999, Rich was approached outside his apartment building by Leo Foster and Darcell Prince, who falsely claimed to be police officers.[98] They wore bulletproof vests, and carried walkie-talkies, guns, and badges, but Rich didn’t believe them and ran.[96][98] Foster and Prince chased and shot Rich, then stole several hundred dollars and keys from his pockets.[98] He died in hospital four days later from extensive blood loss.[99] Foster told police that he and Prince were coming to collect $110,000 worth of cocaine that Rich had been paid to procure but hadn’t delivered.[95][98] Rich’s friends didn’t believe Foster’s story, with some suggesting it may have been a case of mistaken identity.[95] Rush said Rich “was involved in positive—as far as I know—endeavors”, adding “as parents, we don’t always know”.[95] Foster was sentenced to 60 years in prison for Rich’s murder, and Prince was sentenced to 50 years.[100] The murder prompted Rush to prioritize efforts to reduce gun violence.[96]

In 2008, Rush had a rare type of malignant tumor removed from his salivary gland.[101] Rush is a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity[102] According to a DNA analysis conducted under the auspices of the TV program, Know Your Heritage, he is descended mainly from the Ashanti people of Ghana.[103] Rush attributed his election to Congress to Tony Robbins.[91] His heroes include Abraham Lincoln, Kit Carson, and Huey P. Newton.[91]

In 2018, Rush’s son Flynn Rush unsuccessfully ran for a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives, losing in the Democratic primary to Curtis Tarver.[104][105]

See also

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Congresswoman Robin L. Kelly (IL-02), Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, today voted to favorably report the Build Back Better Act out of the Energy and Commerce committee. The legislation will soon advance to the House floor for final passage.

“The Build Back Better Act will be one of the most transformative pieces of legislation for Americans in generations, and I am proud to have ensured that this bill will include major steps forward in reducing health inequities,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “For too long, Black Americans, people of color, and low-income individuals have been left behind when it comes to healthcare access, leading to disproportionately higher rates of certain illnesses, maternal mortality, and death. No more. We must pass the Build Back Better Act to bring reliable, affordable healthcare coverage to all Americans regardless of where they live or what they look like.”

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“The Build Back Better Plan is a critical investment in American workers and families that will make a difference in the day-to-day lives of my constituents,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “My Democratic colleagues and I have been working with President Biden’s administration to ensure that this framework includes relief for some of the most challenging costs folks are dealing with today. I am proud to vote to advance this plan to lower the costs of child care, invest in maternal health equity and deliver on my longstanding effort to include dental coverage under Medicare.”

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Gun violence is a public health crisis, but at the federal level we are neither doing enough to prevent it nor to mitigate its impacts. We have seen the mass shootings that have claimed the lives of shoppers, salon workers and pedestrians so far this year. However, what causes deeper concern is how prevalent and pervasive gun violence is in the daily lives of our community members.

We are battling a public health epidemic, but we are not treating it that way. We must address the far-reaching health risks of gun violence and the systemic racism that normalizes the deaths of young Black men. Each life lost to gun violence is a tragedy, and, unfortunately, deaths are not the only impact. For every shooting, countless people are traumatized, left to grieve a loved one, angered by the event and left increasingly anxious about the safety of their communities.

The mental health impacts of gun violence are both cause and effect of this tragedy. Without addressing the generations of trauma some communities have experienced, we will not be able to pull ourselves out of this epidemic. Of course, there are also the physical and financial costs we must address. People injured by gun violence often face challenging and expensive recoveries, including surgeries and physical therapy. Many live with disabilities for the rest of their lives.

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Congresswoman Kelly is Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (the main policy-writing body of the House) and serves on the Health, Energy, and Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittees. Her Energy and Commerce work is focused on expanding access to healthcare, consumer protection for American families and economic development.

Additionally, she is a Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves on the national security and civil rights and civil liberties subcommittees. She also represents the Midwest (Region IV) on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus, and serves as a member of the House Democracy Partnership.

A staunch champion of common sense gun reforms and responsible community policing, Representative Kelly is a Co-Chair of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Taskforce and is the author of The 2014 Kelly Report on Gun Violence in America, the first-ever Congressional analysis of the nation’s gun violence epidemic that offers a blueprint for ending the crisis.

Committed to improving the health and wellness of vulnerable communities across the country, the Congresswoman serves as the Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, and Co-Chairs the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls. She also Co-Chairs the House Democratic Policy Group and House Tech Accountability Caucus.

Prior to her election to Congress, Kelly was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, served as Chief Administrative Officer of Cook County (the second largest county in the United States) and was Chief of Staff to Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias – becoming the first African American woman to serve as Chief of Staff to an elected constitutional statewide officeholder.

The daughter of a small business owner and postal worker, Congresswoman Kelly moved to Illinois to attend Bradley University in Peoria, where she earned her B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in counseling. She later received a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University.  She lives in Matteson with her husband, Dr. Nathaniel Horn, and has two adult children, Kelly and Ryan.

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Robin Lynne Kelly (born April 30, 1956) is an American politician from Illinois who has served as the U.S. Representative from Illinois’s 2nd congressional district since 2013. A Democrat, Kelly served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007. She then served as chief of staff for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias until 2010. She was the 2010 Democratic nominee for State Treasurer, but was defeated in the general election. Prior to running for Congress, Kelly served as the Cook County chief administrative officer. After winning the Democratic primary,[1] Kelly won the 2013 special election to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr. in the U.S. House of Representatives.[2]

Early life and education

The daughter of a grocer, Robin Lynne Kelly was born in Harlem[3] on April 30, 1956.[4] Hoping to become a child psychologist, she attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois,[3] where she was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority. At Bradley, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology (1977/1978) and her Master of Arts in counseling (1982).[4] While in Peoria, she directed a “crisis nursery” and worked in a hospital.[3]

She earned her Ph.D. in political science from Northern Illinois University in 2004.[4]

Early career

From 1992 through 2006 she served as a director of community affairs in Matteson.[4]

Illinois House of Representatives

Elections

In 2002, Kelly decided to challenge a ten-year incumbent Illinois state representative in the Democratic primary. In November, she defeated Republican Kitty Watson 81%–19%[5]

In 2004, she won re-election to a second term, defeating Republican Jack McInerney, 86%–14%.[6] In 2006, she won re-election to a third term unopposed.[7]

Committee assignments

  • Appropriations-Human Services
  • Housing & Urban Development
  • International Trade & Commerce
  • Local Government
  • Mass Transit (Vice-Chairman)
  • Para-transit
  • Whole[8]

State and county government

In January 2007, she resigned her house seat to become chief of staff to Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. She was the first African-American woman to serve as chief of staff to an elected constitutional statewide officeholder.[citation needed] Robin was appointed to become chief administrative officer for Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle in 2011.

2010 Illinois treasurer election

In 2010, Kelly ran for Illinois treasurer. In the Democratic primary, she defeated founding member and senior executive of the Transportation Security Administration Justin Oberman, 58%–42%. She won most of the counties in the state, including Cook County with 59% of the vote.[9][10]

In the November general election, Republican State Senator Dan Rutherford defeated her 50%–45%. She won just six of the state’s 102 counties: Cook (62%), Alexander (52%), Gallatin (51%), St. Clair (50%), Calhoun (49%), and Rock Island (48%) counties.[11]

U.S. House of Representatives

Kelly’s first Congressional portrait (113th congress)

2013 congressional election

Kelly entered the field for Illinois’s 2nd congressional district after Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned just three weeks after being elected to a tenth term. On February 11, 2013, two Chicago-based Democratic congressmen, Bobby Rush and Danny K. Davis, endorsed her.[12]

On February 13, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky endorsed Kelly.[13] A few days later, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed her and committed $2 million in TV ads supporting her by highlighting Kelly’s opposition to the National Rifle Association. She was also endorsed by the Chicago Tribune.[14] On February 17, State Senator Toi Hutchinson decided to drop out to endorse Kelly.

On February 26, she won the Democratic primary in the heavily Democratic, black-majority district with 52% of the vote.[15][16] In the April 9th general election, she defeated Republican community activist Paul McKinley and a variety of independent candidates with around 71% of the vote.[2]

Tenure

Kelly took office on April 9, 2013,[4] and was sworn in on April 11, 2013.[17]

Committee assignments

U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Ed Royce, members Steve Chabot and Robin Kelly in 2017 celebrate legislation to help educate more girls

Caucus memberships

Personal life

Kelly lives in Matteson with her husband, Nathaniel Horn.[3]

Electoral history

Illinois 38th State House District Democratic Primary, 2002[20]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly 10,870 56.04
DemocraticHarold Murphy (incumbent)8,52643.96
Total votes19,396 100.0
Illinois 38th State House District General Election, 2002[21]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly 26,739 80.95
RepublicanCatherine (Kitty) Watson6,29219.05
Total votes33,031 100.0
Illinois 38th State House District Democratic Primary, 2004[22]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly (incumbent) 16,028 81.74
DemocraticJonathan J. Jordan3,58018.26
Total votes19,608 100.0
Illinois 38th State House District General Election, 2004[23]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly (incumbent) 41,837 86.15
RepublicanJack McInerney6,72713.85
Total votes48,564 100.0
Illinois 38th State House District General Election, 2006[24]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly (incumbent) 30,862 100.0
Total votes30,862 100.0
Illinois State Treasurer Democratic Primary, 2010[25]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly 472,494 57.92
DemocraticJustin P. Oberman343,30742.08
Total votes815,801 100.0
Illinois State Treasurer General Election, 2010[26]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Dan Rutherford 1,811,293 49.68
DemocraticRobin Kelly1,650,24445.26
GreenScott K. Summers115,7723.18
LibertarianJames Pauly68,8031.89
Total votes3,646,112 100.0
Illinois 2nd Congressional District Special Democratic Primary, 2013[27]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly 31,079 53.27
DemocraticDeborah “Debbie” Halvorson14,65025.11
DemocraticAnthony A. Beale6,45711.07
DemocraticJoyce W. Washington2,5634.39
DemocraticErnest B. Fenton1,5452.65
DemocraticAnthony W. Williams6411.10
DemocraticMel “Mr” Reynolds4590.79
DemocraticClifford J. Eagleton2070.35
DemocraticFatimah N. Muhammad1940.33
DemocraticGregory Haynes1440.25
DemocraticLarry D. Pickens1270.22
DemocraticJohn Blyth1040.18
DemocraticVictor Jonathan910.16
DemocraticCharles Rayburn740.13
DemocraticDenise Anita Hill40.01
Total votes58,339 100.0
Illinois 2nd Congressional District Special General Election, 2013[28]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly 58,834 70.72
RepublicanPaul McKinley18,38722.10
IndependentElizabeth “Liz” Pahlke2,5253.04
GreenLeAlan M. Jones1,5311.84
IndependentMarcus Lewis1,3591.63
IndependentCurtiss Llong Bey5480.66
Write-in votesSteve Piekarczyk90.01
Total votes83,193 100.0
Illinois 2nd Congressional District General Election, 2014[29]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly (incumbent) 160,337 78.49
RepublicanEric M. Wallace43,79921.44
Write-in votesMarcus Lewis1300.06
Total votes204,266 100.0
Illinois 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2016[30]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly (incumbent) 115,752 73.92
DemocraticMarcus Lewis25,28016.14
DemocraticCharles Rayburn9,5596.10
DemocraticDorian C.L. Myrickes6,0023.83
Total votes156,593 100.0
Illinois 2nd Congressional District General Election, 2016[31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly (incumbent) 235,051 79.81
RepublicanJohn F Morrow59,47120.19
Total votes294,522 100.0
Illinois 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2018[32]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly (incumbent) 80,659 82.05
DemocraticMarcus Lewis17,64017.95
Total votes98,299 100.0
Illinois 2nd Congressional District General Election, 2018[33]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Robin Kelly (incumbent) 190,684 81.06
RepublicanDavid Merkle44,56718.94
Total votes235,251 100.0

See also

References

  1. ^ Isenstadt, Alex (February 26, 2013). “Kelly wins amid Bloomberg ad blitz”. Politico. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b “Illinois Special Election Results”. Politico.
  3. ^ a b c d Skiba, Katherine (April 14, 2013). “Robin Kelly hopes to change legacy of 2nd District seat”. Chicago Tribune.
  4. ^ a b c d e “Kelly, Robin L.” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  5. ^ “IL State House 038 Race”. Our Campaigns. November 5, 2002. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  6. ^ “IL State House 038 Race”. Our Campaigns. November 2, 2004. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  7. ^ “IL State House 038 Race”. Our Campaigns. November 7, 2006. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  8. ^ “Illinois General Assembly – Senator Biography”. Ilga.gov. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  9. ^ “IL Treasurer – D Primary Race”. Our Campaigns. February 2, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  10. ^ “2012 General Election Results: U.S. President”. Elections.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  11. ^ “IL Treasurer Race”. Our Campaigns. November 2, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  12. ^ Paicely, Christopher (February 11, 2013). “Congressmen Davis and Rush Endorse Robin Kelly: 2nd District Race – Government – Chicago Heights, IL Patch”. Chicagoheights.patch.com. Archived from the original on April 11, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  13. ^ McClelland, Edward (February 13, 2013). “Jan Schakowsky Endorses Robin Kelly”. NBC Chicago. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  14. ^ “Bloomberg PAC endorses Robin Kelly in new Illinois special election ad”. Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  15. ^ “Robin Kelly wins rival Toi Hutchinson’s support in Illinois race”. Politico.com. February 19, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  16. ^ “Illinois Special Election Results 2013 – District Results, Live Updates”. Politico.com. April 11, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  17. ^ [1] Archived April 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ “Membership”. Congressional Black Caucus. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  19. ^ @GideonResnick (July 19, 2018). “Up to 70 members now” (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ “Election Results 2002 GENERAL PRIMARY”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  21. ^ “Election Results 2002 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  22. ^ “Election Results 2004 GENERAL PRIMARY”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  23. ^ “Election Results 2004 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  24. ^ “Election Results 2006 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  25. ^ “Election Results 2010 GENERAL PRIMARY”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  26. ^ “Election Results 2010 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  27. ^ “Election Results 2013 SPECIAL PRIMARY”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  28. ^ “Election Results 2013 SPECIAL GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  29. ^ “Election Results 2014 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  30. ^ “Election Results 2016 GENERAL PRIMARY”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  31. ^ “Election Results 2016 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  32. ^ “Election Results 2018 GENERAL PRIMARY”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  33. ^ “Election Results 2018 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 21, 2019.

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Today, U.S. Representatives Marie Newman (D-IL-03) and María Elvira Salazar (R-FL-27) introduced a resolution to recognize September 14, 2021, as National Latino Small Business Day.

Celebrated every year during National Small Business Week and the day before the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), National Latino Small Business Day is designed to highlight the significant contributions made by Latino business owners, entrepreneurs and workers across the United States.

“In the past decade, Latinos have started more small businesses at a faster rate than any other demographic across the United States. Despite this historic growth, this pandemic has disproportionately hit Latino entrepreneurs, with far too many struggling to access the federal relief they need to survive,” said Congresswoman Newman. “I am proud to introduce this resolution to honor the Latino small businesses that form the backbone of our communities in Illinois’ 3rd District and across the entire nation. On this National Latino Small Business Day, it’s time our nation recognizes that when Latino small businesses thrive, our entire nation thrives.”

ORLAND PARK, IL – Today, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (D-IL-03) submitted a statement into the Congressional Record to honor the brave first responders of the Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD), which serves and protects the residents of Orland Park, Orland Hills, and unincorporated areas of Orland Township.

“Due to their excellence, Orland Fire Protection District is recognized as one of the best fire department organizations in Illinois and the country,” Congresswoman Newman stated in the Congressional Record. “I honor their strong leadership, resourcefulness, and innovation in dealing with the effects of COVID-19 directly and swiftly. Their drive to share knowledge, equipment, and resources will cut inefficiencies and save even more lives. I thank the Orland Fire Protection District for their service, resiliency, and bravery.”

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The For the People Act expands voting rights for all Americans, but it would especially strengthen access to the ballot for veterans and people with disabilities. We need our senators to remove the filibuster. Let’s get this passed.

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Today, U.S. Representatives Marie Newman (D-IL-03) and María Elvira Salazar (R-FL-27) introduced a resolution to recognize September 14, 2021, as National Latino Small Business Day.

Celebrated every year during National Small Business Week and the day before the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), National Latino Small Business Day is designed to highlight the significant contributions made by Latino business owners, entrepreneurs and workers across the United States.

“In the past decade, Latinos have started more small businesses at a faster rate than any other demographic across the United States. Despite this historic growth, this pandemic has disproportionately hit Latino entrepreneurs, with far too many struggling to access the federal relief they need to survive,” said Congresswoman Newman. “I am proud to introduce this resolution to honor the Latino small businesses that form the backbone of our communities in Illinois’ 3rd District and across the entire nation. On this National Latino Small Business Day, it’s time our nation recognizes that when Latino small businesses thrive, our entire nation thrives.”

ORLAND PARK, IL – Today, U.S. Representative Marie Newman (D-IL-03) submitted a statement into the Congressional Record to honor the brave first responders of the Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD), which serves and protects the residents of Orland Park, Orland Hills, and unincorporated areas of Orland Township.

“Due to their excellence, Orland Fire Protection District is recognized as one of the best fire department organizations in Illinois and the country,” Congresswoman Newman stated in the Congressional Record. “I honor their strong leadership, resourcefulness, and innovation in dealing with the effects of COVID-19 directly and swiftly. Their drive to share knowledge, equipment, and resources will cut inefficiencies and save even more lives. I thank the Orland Fire Protection District for their service, resiliency, and bravery.”

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A freshman member in the 117th Congress, Congresswoman Marie Newman represents Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, which covers the Southwest Side of Chicago as well as its surrounding suburbs. A lifelong advocate for growing small businesses, protecting health care rights, strengthening our infrastructure and building a greener economy, Congresswoman Newman is the first woman in history to represent Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. In Congress, she currently serves on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, House Committee on Small Business, Congressional Labor Caucus, House Democratic Manufacturing Working Group, Democratic Women’s Caucus and as the Vice Chair of Communications for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC).

Growing up on Chicago’s Southwest Side and suburbs, Congresswoman Newman has been a lifelong resident of Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. With her dad and uncles all serving the country in the U.S. Army and Marines, she learned at an early age not only the critical importance of public service but also the immense value of lifting up your community and those around you. That’s why when one of her children was severely bullied in school, Congresswoman Newman launched a nationally-recognized non-profit program called “Team Up To Stop Bullying” and worked with state and federal lawmakers to ensure anti-bullying policies became a reality. In addition to serving as a spokesperson for Moms Demand Action Illinois, Congresswoman Newman has used her strong background in advocacy and legislative advocacy over the past decade to grow a statewide coalition to fight for national issues such as health care rights, economic rights, LGBTQ+ rights and common-sense gun safety.

Prior to being elected, Congresswoman Newman worked as a marketing executive and partner at one of the nation’s largest ad agencies before becoming a small business owner herself after launching a successful consulting company. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin thanks in part to her grandfather, a union carpenter, who built a double desk for his grandchildren to study on so they might be among the first in the family to go to college. A reminder of the strength and perseverance of union families and the dignity of hard work, Congresswoman Newman still uses that desk today.

Congresswoman Newman resides in La Grange, Illinois with her husband and two children.

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Marie Newman (born April 13, 1964) is an American politician and marketing consultant serving as the U.S. representative from Illinois’s 3rd congressional district since 2021. The district encompasses parts of southwestern Chicago as well as many of its nearby suburbs such as Oak Lawn, Western Springs and Lockport. Newman won election in her district to the United States House of Representatives as the Democratic nominee, following her narrow victory against incumbent Dan Lipinski in the 2020 primary election. She had lost to Lipinski in the Democratic primary for the same seat in 2018.

Early life and career

Newman was born in Chicago, Illinois,[2][a] on April 13, 1964.[3] She attended Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois.[4] After attending Marquette University for a year and a half, she transferred to University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree.[5]

Newman worked for multiple firms as an agency executive. She began her own consulting firm in 2005.[6] She also established her own nonprofit to combat bullying after one of her children was bullied.[6] She was appointed to a regional anti-bullying task force by Governor Pat Quinn and was asked by Sears Holdings Corporation to establish a national anti-bullying coalition of 70 nonprofit organizations.

Newman has worked on several Democratic campaigns for public office. Between 2015 and 2017 she lobbied for gun control measures such as background checks.[7]

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2018

Newman supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary in Illinois and Hillary Clinton in the November general election. The day after Clinton lost, she applied to the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership.[8] By January 1, 2017, Newman had closed her business to turn her attention to politics full-time.[8]

On April 10, 2017, Newman declared her candidacy for Illinois’s 3rd congressional district,[9] challenging Democratic incumbent Dan Lipinski, a member of the Blue Dog Coalition,[10] who held the seat since 2005 following his father who held it for 22 years.[11][b] Newman ran well to Lipinski’s left, and earned endorsements from the Human Rights Campaign, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee,[12] Planned Parenthood,[13] EMILY’s List,[14] the SEIU state council,[15] National Nurses United, the Illinois Federation of Teachers,[16] the Feminist Majority Foundation,[4] NARAL Pro-Choice America, Democracy for America, MoveOn, and Our Revolution,[17] as well as several Democratic members of Congress, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York[18] and Representatives Luis Gutiérrez and Jan Schakowsky, both Illinois Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.[19] Lipinski defeated Newman with 51.2% of the vote to her 48.8%.[20][21]

2020

Newman ran against Lipinski again in the 2020 Democratic primary.[22] She received endorsements from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez[23] and presidential candidates Senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders,[24] Cory Booker, and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.[25] The race took on special significance for progressive women’s groups after other candidates they supported lost primary races earlier in March in Texas and the principal women candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination had ended their campaigns.[25] On March 17, 2020, Newman defeated Lipinski in the Democratic primary with 47.26% of the vote to his 44.72%.[26][27] Her primary victory ended a 38-year hold on the district by the Lipinski family. Bill Lipinski won the seat in 1983, when it was numbered as the 5th district (it has been the 3rd since 1993) and handed it to Dan in 2005.

On November 3, Newman won the general election, defeating Republican Will County Supervisor Mike Fricilone. With 88% of the vote counted, she led by about 30,000 votes, and had received about 55% of the vote.[28][29][30][31]

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Newman represents what has long been the most conservative district of the eight that divide Chicago. Described as “ancestrally Democratic, culturally conservative, multiethnic and viscerally patriotic,”[34] the 3rd is the only Chicago-based district with a Cook Partisan Voting Index lower than D+15. However, she identifies as a progressive Democrat. She supports abortion rights, gun control, a $15 minimum wage,[6] and a Green New Deal.[35][36] Her campaigns were supported by Justice Democrats, an organization that funds progressive candidates, in both 2018[37] and 2020.[11] The Sunrise Movement supported her campaign in 2020.[38]

Newman also supports the Equality Act saying, “Without the Equality Act, this nation will never live up to its principles of freedom and equality.” She claims that she entered politics to make the world a better place for her transgender daughter. After Republican freshman Marjorie Taylor Greene attacked the bill as “disgusting, immoral, and evil” on the House floor, Newman hung a Transgender Pride flag outside her Washington office, which is directly across from Greene’s.[39]

Electoral history

2018

Illinois 3rd congressional district Democratic primary, 2018[40]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dan Lipinski (incumbent) 48,675 51.13
DemocraticMarie Newman46,53048.87
Total votes95,205 100.0

2020

Illinois 3rd Congressional District Democratic primary, 2020[27]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Marie Newman 52,384 47.26
DemocraticDan Lipinski (incumbent)49,56844.72
DemocraticRush Darwish6,3515.73
DemocraticCharles Hughes2,5492.30
Total votes110,852 100.0
Illinois’s 3rd congressional district, 2020[41]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Marie Newman 172,997 56.4
RepublicanMike Fricilone133,85143.6
Total votes306,848 100.0

Personal life

Newman lives in La Grange, west of Chicago,[26] with her husband, Jim. They married in 1996 and have two children.[42][39]

Newman’s daughter is transgender, and Newman has spoken about how the lack of support for transgender people influenced her to run for office.[43]

Notes

  1. ^ Sometimes described as a native of Beverly, her family lived in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, not Beverly township in central Illinois.[2]
  2. ^ The district was numbered as the 5th from 1983 to 1993.

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References

  1. ^ Grant, Rebecca (July 29, 2019). “Marie Newman Could Shape the Future of the Democratic Party”. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  2. ^ a b Garmes, Kyle (January 30, 2018). “Primary challenge first for Lipinski; Newman sets run”. The Beverly Review. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  3. ^ “2020 Voter Guide to the Primary Election | Marie Newman – D”. WTTW News. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Felsenthal, Carol (January 17, 2018). “Could a Political Newcomer Unseat Illinois’s Most Conservative Democrat?”. Chicago Magazine. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  5. ^ Newman, Marie (March 18, 2020). “How Marie Newman Unseated An Eight-Term Illinois Congressman”. Elle (Interview). Interviewed by Rose Minutaglio. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Shugerman, Emily (December 2, 2017). “Meet the woman taking on one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress”. The Independent. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Ortiz, Alex (June 18, 2017). “Q&A: Marie Newman talks run for Congress against Dan Lipinski”. Herald-News. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  8. ^ a b Traister, Rebecca (January 19, 2018). “2018’s Record Number of Women Candidates Are Set to Blow Up Politics As Usual”. The Cut. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  9. ^ “Morning Spin: Lipinski facing challenge from progressive Democrat in Southwest Side congressional district”. Chicago Tribune. April 10, 2017. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Berman, Russell (February 7, 2018). “House Democrats Turn on One of Their Own”. The Atlantic. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Stolberg, Sheryl M. (March 18, 2020). “Marie Newman Beats Dan Lipinski, Democratic Incumbent, in Illinois House Primary”. The New York Times. Retrieved March 18, 2020.
  12. ^ Chacar, Henriette; Grim, Ryan (December 12, 2017). “A Primary Challenge to a Right-Wing Democrat in Illinois Divides the Resistance”. The Intercept. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  13. ^ “Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Marie Newman for Illinois’ 3rd District”. Planned Parenthood. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Marans, Daniel (February 2, 2018). “Anti-Abortion Democrat Loses Key Support To Progressive Challenger”. Huffington Post. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Skiba, Katherine; Byrne, John (February 2, 2018). “Lipinski challenger Newman gets backing from SEIU, EMILY’s List”. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
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Preceded by
Dan Lipinski
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois’s 3rd congressional district

2021 –present
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Preceded by
Troy Nehls
United States representatives by seniority
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Succeeded by
Jay Obernolte


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Congresswoman Newman currently serves on the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, the House Committee on Small Business, and as the Vice Chair of Communications for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). She also serves on the following additional caucuses: Congressional Labor Caucus, House Democratic Manufacturing Working Group, Democratic Women’s Caucus,  Congressional Postal Caucus, Sustainable Energy Environment Coalition, Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, Pro-Choice Caucus, the College Affordability Caucus, and on the Equality Caucus as Vice Chair for the Transgender Equality Task Force.

Congresswoman Newman also serves on the following subcommittees:

House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

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  • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit

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  • Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development
  • Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure

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Jesús "Chuy" GarcíaJesús “Chuy” García- IL4

Current Position: US Representative for IL District 4 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Cook County Board of Commissioners from 2011 – 2018; State Senator from 1993 – 1999; Chicago City Council from 1986 – 1993

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I joined organizations and progressive colleagues in DC to uplift your voices and say ‘We can’t wait and we won’t wait!’ An infrastructure deal without climate, citizenship, healthcare, and good jobs is NO DEAL! We need bold solutions – the millions counting on us cannot wait!

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Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after the Senate parliamentarian ruled against including a pathway to citizenship in the upcoming budget reconciliation package.

“I am deeply disappointed by the Senate parliamentarian’s decision against including a pathway to citizenship in budget reconciliation. But the fight is far from over. We are prepared for this, we have a plan, and we remain optimistic.

“The parliamentarian ruled against one approach but Senate Democrats have the final say. We must do right by the immigrants who have kept our country going during the pandemic, including the over 40,000 DACA recipients, TPS holders, farm workers, and essential workers in my district who help our communities thrive. I will not stop fighting until they have a pathway to citizenship in the country they call home, and I urge the Senate to have the courage to overrule this decision.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Mondaire Jones released today a statement urging President Biden to appoint a new Federal Reserve Chair rather than reappoint Jerome Powell. The full statement follows.

“As news of the possible reappointment of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell circulates, we urge President Biden to re-imagine a Federal Reserve focused on eliminating climate risk and advancing racial and economic justice. This consequential appointment has the potential to remake the composition of the Board of Governors. While the Federal Reserve has made positive changes to its approach to full employment reflected in the new monetary policy framework, our concerns with Chair Powell’s track record are two-fold. Under his leadership the Federal Reserve has taken very little action to mitigate the risk climate change poses to our financial system. To illustrate, the Federal Reserve received a D- rating for its approach to climate risk policies from Positive Money’s Global Central Bank Scorecard, placing it at the bottom of the G20 Central Banks. At a time when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning of the potential catastrophic and irreversible damage inflicted by a changing climate, we need a leader at the helm that will take bold and decisive action to eliminate climate risk. Secondly, under Chair Powell the Federal Reserve has substantially weakened many of the reforms enacted in the wake of the Great Recession regulating the largest banks, including capital and liquidity requirements, stress tests, the Volcker Rule, and living will requirements. During the 2008-financial crisis, millions of Americans lost their homes and jobs, and many have failed to fully recover. Weakening financial regulations that were specifically created to prevent such a disaster from happening again, risks the livelihoods of Americans across the country. To move forward with a whole of government approach that eliminates climate risk while making our financial system safer, we need a Chair who is committed to these objectives. We urge the Biden Administration to use this opportunity to appoint a new Federal Reserve Chair.”

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Current Position: US Representative for IL District 4 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Cook County Board of Commissioners from 2011 – 2018; State Senator from 1993 – 1999; Chicago City Council from 1986 – 1993

Featured Quote: 
I joined organizations and progressive colleagues in DC to uplift your voices and say ‘We can’t wait and we won’t wait!’ An infrastructure deal without climate, citizenship, healthcare, and good jobs is NO DEAL! We need bold solutions – the millions counting on us cannot wait!

Featured Video: 
Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García Exposes Big Banks for Exploiting Puerto Rico

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House Committee on Natural Resources, Vice Chair

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Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after the Senate parliamentarian ruled against including a pathway to citizenship in the upcoming budget reconciliation package.

“I am deeply disappointed by the Senate parliamentarian’s decision against including a pathway to citizenship in budget reconciliation. But the fight is far from over. We are prepared for this, we have a plan, and we remain optimistic.

“The parliamentarian ruled against one approach but Senate Democrats have the final say. We must do right by the immigrants who have kept our country going during the pandemic, including the over 40,000 DACA recipients, TPS holders, farm workers, and essential workers in my district who help our communities thrive. I will not stop fighting until they have a pathway to citizenship in the country they call home, and I urge the Senate to have the courage to overrule this decision.

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Mondaire Jones released today a statement urging President Biden to appoint a new Federal Reserve Chair rather than reappoint Jerome Powell. The full statement follows.

“As news of the possible reappointment of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell circulates, we urge President Biden to re-imagine a Federal Reserve focused on eliminating climate risk and advancing racial and economic justice. This consequential appointment has the potential to remake the composition of the Board of Governors. While the Federal Reserve has made positive changes to its approach to full employment reflected in the new monetary policy framework, our concerns with Chair Powell’s track record are two-fold. Under his leadership the Federal Reserve has taken very little action to mitigate the risk climate change poses to our financial system. To illustrate, the Federal Reserve received a D- rating for its approach to climate risk policies from Positive Money’s Global Central Bank Scorecard, placing it at the bottom of the G20 Central Banks. At a time when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is warning of the potential catastrophic and irreversible damage inflicted by a changing climate, we need a leader at the helm that will take bold and decisive action to eliminate climate risk. Secondly, under Chair Powell the Federal Reserve has substantially weakened many of the reforms enacted in the wake of the Great Recession regulating the largest banks, including capital and liquidity requirements, stress tests, the Volcker Rule, and living will requirements. During the 2008-financial crisis, millions of Americans lost their homes and jobs, and many have failed to fully recover. Weakening financial regulations that were specifically created to prevent such a disaster from happening again, risks the livelihoods of Americans across the country. To move forward with a whole of government approach that eliminates climate risk while making our financial system safer, we need a Chair who is committed to these objectives. We urge the Biden Administration to use this opportunity to appoint a new Federal Reserve Chair.”

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U.S. Representative Jesús G. “Chuy” García proudly represents the Fourth Congressional District of Illinois. He was sworn into office on January 3, 2019, during the 116th Congress.

Throughout his career, Congressman García has been a progressive voice fighting to improve the lives of his working-class neighbors, many of whom are immigrants like him. He is a coalition builder committed to empowering youth and expanding access to quality education, affordable housing, and economic opportunity.

He currently serves as a member of the influential Financial Services Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), the Congressional Equality Caucus, Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, and New Americans Caucus. He is also the founder the Future of Transportation Caucus.

Congressman García was born in Los Pinos, a small village in the Mexican state of Durango. He is the youngest of four children raised by his mother while his father worked in the United States, first under the WWII-era bracero program and later at a cold-storage plant in Chicago. In 1965, Congressman García and his family immigrated to the United States with permanent resident status. He still remembers his first American meal: a bologna sandwich from a roadside diner in Texas.

Prior to his election to Congress in November of 2018, Congressman García was a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. As Commissioner, he opposed housing discrimination against disadvantaged communities, raised the minimum wage, and mandated that County employees have access to paid sick leave. He also passed an ordinance ending Cook County’s cooperation with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). The measure was the first of its kind in the nation and set an example followed by more than 250 localities.

Congressman García began organizing for workers’ rights and more inclusive city services during his college years at University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC). He first entered political life in 1984, when he was elected Committeeman of the Cook County Democratic Party. He quickly earned recognition as a coalition builder between Chicago’s Latino and African American communities.

Soon afterward, Congressman García was elected to represent Chicago’s 22nd Ward on the City Council. During his time as Alderman, Congressman García prevented non-attorney immigration practitioners from levying unreasonable fees. In 1986, he became the Chairman for the Council’s Committee on Aviation, where he helped implement the Automated Guideway Transit (ATG) at O’Hare International Airport.

Mr. García also served as State Senator of Illinois’ 1st District. In 1993, he passed the Language Assistance Services Act, which requires hospitals and long-term care facilities to provide resources for effective communication with limited-English-speaking and deaf patients.

In 2015, Congressman García became the first Chicago mayoral candidate to push a sitting mayor into a run-off.

Congressman García still lives in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago with his beloved wife Evelyn and has three adult children.

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Jesús G.ChuyGarcía (born April 12, 1956) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Illinois‘s 4th district since 2019.[1] A member of the Democratic Party, he served on the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Illinois Senate, as well as Chicago City Council before his election to Congress. A candidate for mayor of Chicago in the 2015 election,[2] García finished second in the February 24 general election and forced a head-to-head runoff against the incumbent, Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel won the April 7 runoff.

García was first elected to the Chicago City Council in 1986, and in 1992 became the first Mexican-American member of the Illinois Senate. In 2010, García won election to the 7th district of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and after his election was appointed floor leader by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.[2][3] He won a seat in the U.S. House in the 2018 election, replacing retiring Representative Luis Gutiérrez.

Early life and education

García was born in Mexico in the state of Durango. His father was a farm laborer under the U.S. government’s World War II-era bracero program.

García moved to the US in 1965 with permanent resident status. The family settled in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, where García continues to reside. He attended St. Rita High School, graduating in 1974. García became a citizen of the United States in 1977.[4]

García worked at the Legal Assistance Foundation from 1977 to 1980 as he worked towards a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.[5] He then became Assistant Director of the Little Village Neighborhood Housing Service, where he worked until 1984.[5]

Early political career

Chicago City Council

In 1983, García was the campaign manager for labor organizer Rudy Lozano, who challenged longtime alderman Frank Stemberk of the 22nd Ward.[5] In the February 1983 election, Lozano came 17 votes short of forcing a runoff, which his supporters contended was due to voters with Spanish surnames being purged from the rolls, denying him the votes to force a runoff.[5] Lozano was murdered in June 1983, shot to death in his home. A reputed gang member was convicted of Lozano’s murder, but his supporters still contend that he was assassinated for his labor and political activities.[5] In 1984, García challenged Stemberk for his place as a Committeeman in the Cook County Democratic Party. Supporters of Lozano rallied around him and he received the endorsement of Mayor Harold Washington.[5] Stemberk was a supporter of alderman Edward Vrdolyak of the 10th Ward, who controlled the City Council and opposed Mayor Washington’s administration. This divide within city government was dubbed the “Council Wars” by the Chicago media. With Lozano supporters taking to the race with a “religious fervour” and Washington campaigning heavily on García’s behalf, he defeated Stemberk by 2,811 votes (40.62%) to 2,752 (39.77%), with activist and former labor union leader August Sallas taking 1,357 (19.61%).[5] Unlike other committeemen and women, García used his office to provide constituent services, which helped him maintain his high profile.[5] García was also appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Water by Washington, a post he held from 1984 to 1986.[5]

García in 2015

Meanwhile, Washington’s allies had sued the city in federal court, claiming that the ward map drawn up after the 1980 Census had unfairly dispersed black and Hispanic voters. At that time, whites were about 40% of the city’s population, blacks were also about 40%, and Hispanics were about 15%, but there were 33 white aldermen, only 16 blacks and just 1 Hispanic. In December 1985, as a result of a November 1985 ward remap, judge Charles Ronald Norgle Sr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered a special election for March 18, 1986 in seven wards, including the 22nd.[5] The special elections gave Washington the opportunity to wrest control of the city council from Vrdolyak.[5] Stemberk chose not to run for re-election and García declared his candidacy.[5] In the nonpartisan election, García faced supermarket owner and Stemberk ally Guadalupe Martinez and beauty supply store owner Fred Yanez.[5] Yanez emphasised his military service and Martinez called García “100 percent Communist” and criticised him for selling garbage cans, which Martinez gave away for free.[5] García won by 3,293 votes (54.58%) to Martinez’ 2,013 (33.37%) and Yanez’ 727 (12.05%),[6] carrying 26 of the 27 precincts.[5] García was also re-elected Committeeman with 53.98% of the vote, carrying 24 of the 27 precincts.[5] His election and the victory of two other Washington supporters meant that Vrdolyak’s supporters had a one-seat majority. Six weeks later, Washington ally Luis Gutiérrez won a runoff in the 26th Ward and the council was thus evenly split between Washington and Vrdolyak supporters. Washington had the ability to cast tie-breaking votes, Vrdolyak was stripped of his powers and the Council Wars ended.[5] García was re-elected with 3,998 votes (53.59%) in 1987[7] and with 2,707 votes (52.36%) in 1991.[8] On the council, he served on the Budget and Government Operations; Committees, Rules, Municipal Code Revision and Ethics; Economic Development; Education; Finance; License; Ports, Wharves, and Bridges; Streets and Alleys; Traffic Control and Safety committees and chaired the Aviation committee.[5]

Illinois Senate

García at a Bernie Sanders rally in Los Angeles, California, May 2016

Democratic State Senator Howard W. “Howie” Carroll of the 1st district of the Illinois Senate was redistricted to the 8th district, and in 1992 García ran for the Illinois Senate in the 1st district, winning the open-seat Democratic primary with 8,604 votes (52.06%) to Donald C. Smith’s 6,159 (37.26%) and Gilbert G. Jimenez’s 1,765 (10.68%).[9] The primary was tantamount to election in the heavily Democratic 1st district and in the general election, and García defeated Republican nominee Esequiel “Zeke” Iracheta by 21,314 votes (81.74%) to 4,762 (18.26%). García was the first Illinois State Senator of Mexican descent.[10] García resigned from the City Council and was succeeded by his protégé Ricardo Muñoz.

In the 1996 Democratic primary, he was challenged by Alderman Juan Soliz of the 25th Ward. Soliz, who had also been elected in the March 1986 special elections, had been supported by Vrdolyak, earning him the ire of Chicago Hispanics. When Soliz was elected, he called for unity among Hispanic aldermen, a plea which they ignored.[5] Soliz and García even celebrated their inaugurations by hiring separate Mariachi bands to play outside the council chambers.[5] After Soliz was replaced as Chairman of the Aviation Committee by García, he derided it as a “racist move,” though they were both Mexican-Americans.[5] García defeated Soliz by 6,839 votes (59.34%) to 4,686 (40.66%).[11] García was re-elected unopposed in the general election.[12] In office, García helped shepherd “immigrant-friendly” health care and education reforms through the legislature.[13] García was defeated in the 1998 Democratic primary election by Antonio Munoz, who was backed by the Hispanic Democratic Organization, Mayor Richard M. Daley‘s campaign group and political machine. Munoz defeated García by 6,924 votes (53.72%) to 5,964 (46.28%).[14] Alderman Ricardo Muñoz (no relation to Antonio Munoz), talking in 2010 about his mentor’s defeat, said: “Part of the rationale that I think Chuy lost in ’98 was that we got sloppy and they [Munoz and the HDO] got lucky. It rained all day, and we didn’t have raincoats for our guys until 11 o’clock. By that time, they were frozen stiff. So we lost the field game.”[15]

Political interregnum

After his defeat, García left office in January 1999, founded and became Executive Director of the Little Village Community Development Corporation. He helped grow what is now known as Enlace to twenty-seven full-time employees, 120 part-time employees, and an annual budget of $5 million.[16] In June 2005, he helped found the Latino Action Research Network, a PAC to help better represent the city’s Latino population.[17]

On Mother’s Day 2001, García and members of the group demanded the construction of a high school promised to the community, but unfunded. Fourteen parents and grandparents organized a hunger strike. While Paul Vallas, the CEO of Chicago Public Schools, initially refused to meet with the hunger strikers, by the end of the first week, he visited their tent to negotiate terms.[18] The hunger strike lasted nineteen days and increased public pressure on the school district to fund the project. In August 2001, the newly appointed CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Arne Duncan, reallocated funds to begin construction on the school.[18] Community members continued to advocate for participation in designing the new school, and door-to-door parent surveys contributed to the curricular focus of each school on the campus.[19]

Cook County Board of Commissioners

In 2010, García ran for the Cook County Board of Commissioners, challenging 7th district member and HDO candidate Joseph Mario Moreno in the Democratic primary. García defeated him by 9,602 votes (54.74%) to 7,939 (45.26%).[20] In the general election, he faced Green Party nominee Paloma M. Andrade and defeated her by 24,612 votes (86.29%) to 3,912 (13.72%).[21] After the election, Toni Preckwinkle appointed García Floor Leader. García was re-elected unopposed to a second term on the Board of Commissioners in the 2014 elections.[22]

2015 Chicago mayoral election

García in 2017 at a protest against Donald Trump

García entered the mayoral race against incumbent mayor Rahm Emanuel after being recruited by Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a leading progressive candidate who had fallen ill and was forced to call off her own campaign.[23] García won 34% of the vote in the February 24 primary, and Emanuel failed to win more than 50%, forcing a runoff election between the two on April 7.[24] The campaign received national attention and was considered by some a preview of the upcoming 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed García in what he called a “political revolution in Chicago.”[25] Emanuel won the runoff election with 55% of the vote.[26] García opposes the Ashland Bus Rapid Transit plan,[27] the Belmont flyover,[28] and red light cameras.[29]

After the mayoral election

García endorsed Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in the 2016 election and the 2020 election.[30][31] In the general election, García was a presidential elector from Illinois, casting a vote for Democratic nominees Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine in the electoral college.[32]

After incumbent and formal rival Rahm Emanuel announced that he would not seek a third term in 2019, many people speculated that a high-ranking Latino politician would enter the race. Gutiérrez and García were seen as potential candidates. After Gutiérrez declined to run, he expressed his intent to draft García into the race.[33][34] Sanders expressed his desire for García to “take a look for running for mayor.”[35] García ultimately did not run.

In the runoff of the 2019 mayoral election, García endorsed Lori Lightfoot, which delivered a further blow to the already faltering campaign of Lightfoot’s opponent, Toni Preckwinkle.[36] Preckwinkle, who had been García’s ally on the Cook County Board of Commissioners, had declined to endorse him for mayor in 2015.[37] Lightfoot ultimately defeated Preckwinkle in a landslide.

U.S. House of Representatives

García at a congressional campaign rally in South Lawndale, Chicago, February 2018

Elections

2018

On November 27, 2017, just six days before the final day to file petitions to run in the 2018 election, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez pulled his petition, effectively choosing to retire at the conclusion of his 13th term.[38] The next day García signaled his intention to run for the open seat. During Gutiérrez’s press conference, he endorsed García as his successor.[39] The next day, Sanders endorsed García.[30] Politico described Gutiérrez’s sudden retirement as “totally abnormal” and his endorsement of García as a “coronation”, as the district is so heavily Democratic that the primary is the real contest and the general election is effectively a formality.[40]

García won the Democratic nomination in March 2018 with 60% of the primary vote.[41] He defeated financial adviser Mark Wayne Lorch in the November 6 general election, receiving over 86% of the vote.[42]

2020

García was reelected in 2020, running unopposed in the primary, and winning the general election with 84.05% of the vote.

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Electoral history

Illinois 1st State Senate District General Election, 1992[45]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Jesús G. Garcia 21,314 81.74
RepublicanEsequiel Zeke Iracheta4,76218.26
Total votes26,076 100.0
Illinois 1st State Senate District General Election, 1996[46]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Jesús G. Garcia (incumbent) 21,539 100.0
Total votes21,539 100.0
Illinois 1st State Senate District Democratic Primary, 1998[47]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Antonio “Tony” Munoz 6,924 53.72
DemocraticJesús G. Garcia (incumbent)5,96446.28
Total votes12,888 100.0
Cook County Board 7th District Commissioner Democratic Primary, 2010[48]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Jesús G. “Chuy” García 9,602 54.74
DemocraticJoseph Mario Moreno (incumbent)7,93945.26
Total votes17,541 100.0
Cook County Board 7th District Commissioner General Election, 2010[49]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Jesús G. “Chuy” García 24,612 86.29
GreenPaloma M. Andrade3,91213.72
Total votes28,524 100.0
Cook County Board 7th District Commissioner General Election, 2014[50]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Jesús G. “Chuy” García (incumbent) 25,320 100.0
Total votes25,320 100.0
Chicago Mayoral Election, 2015[51]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Nonpartisan Rahm Emanuel 218,217 45.63
Nonpartisan Jesús “Chuy” García 160,414 33.54