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Rep. Bobby Rush

Representative for Illinois’s 1st District

pronounced BAH-bee // rush

Rush is the representative for Illinois’s 1st congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 5, 1993. Rush is next up for reelection in 2020.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2014 Rush was investigated for allowing state and federal campaign committees to accept in-kind contributions. With publication of its report, the House Committee on Ethics reproved Rush for accepting a gift of rent-free office space even if it did not amount to a campaign contribution and ordered him to repay the value of the gift.

Jun. 10, 2014 House Office of Congressional Ethics referred the case to the House Committee on Ethics
Nov. 10, 2014 House Committee on Ethics published the Office of Congressional Ethics Report and Findings and the member's response.
Mar. 22, 2018 House Committee on Ethics with publication of its report, the committee reproved the member for accepting a gift of rent-free office space even if it did not amount to a campaign contribution and ordered him to repay the value of the gift.
Photo of Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Rush.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Rush is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Rush has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Oct 11, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Bobby Rush sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Rush was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Rush sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Crime and Law Enforcement (21%) Commerce (19%) Health (19%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%) Environmental Protection (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Energy (8%) Labor and Employment (6%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Rush voted Nay

Rush voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

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Rush voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

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Rush voted Aye

Rush voted No

Rush voted No

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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Missed Votes

From Jan 1993 to Sep 2019, Rush missed 2,889 of 17,724 roll call votes, which is 16.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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