Rep. Bobby Rush

Representative from Illinois’s 1st District, Democrat

Rush, a Democrat, has been the representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district since Jan 5, 1993 (next election in 2016) (map).

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2015 Report Card

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Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Rush has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Rush is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

Bobby Rush sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rush sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (35%) Crime and Law Enforcement (14%) International Affairs (14%) Science, Technology, Communications (14%) Health (8%) Labor and Employment (5%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (5%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of Rush’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

From Jan 1993 to Feb 2016, Rush missed 2,425 of 15,400 roll call votes, which is 15.7%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 408 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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