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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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)

2015 Statistics

Read our 2015 Report Card for Rush for more statistics.

Committee Membership

Bobby Rush sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rush sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (30%) Science, Technology, Communications (15%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Health (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Environmental Protection (9%) International Affairs (9%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Rush’s Vote Vote Description
No H.R. 5278: PROMESA
Jun 9, 2016. Passed.
Yea H.R. 4974: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017
May 19, 2016. Passed.
Aye H.R. 3038: Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, Part II
Jul 15, 2015. Passed.
No H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed.
No H.R. 2596: Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
Jun 16, 2015. Passed.
Nay H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed.
Nay H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed.
No H.R. 529: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans.
Feb 25, 2015. Passed.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Dec 2016, Rush missed 2,584 of 15,945 roll call votes, which is 16.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% 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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