facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Rep. Bobby Rush takes leave from Congress to care for wife

Sept. 24, 2013 at 3:45 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., has taken a leave of absence to be with his wife while she has surgery, his staff says.

An aide told the Chicago Sun-Times Monday the leave was effective Sept. 12. The aide had been asked why Rush was absent for last week's votes on the food stamp program and on a resolution that would trade funding for the federal government for defunding Obamacare.

"He is grateful for the prayers, support and well wishes extended to him and his family on behalf of Mrs. Rush," Debra Johnson, Rush's communications director, said.

Johnson said Rush's wife Carolyn is having "major surgery."

Rush, a former leader in the Black Panthers, has been in Congress representing a district centered in Chicago's South Side since 1993. In 2000, he fended off a challenge from a new state senator, Barack Obama, in the Democratic primary.

Given the Republican majority in the House, Rush's absence made no practical difference on the two votes.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Russia prepares militarization of Arctic Russia prepares militarization of Arctic
2
Freedom variant LCS takes to water Freedom variant LCS takes to water
3
New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates New Pa. law aimed at Mumia Abu-Jamal allows lawsuits against inmates
4
Christian minister helps two lesbian couples sue Mississipi over same-sex marriage ban Christian minister helps two lesbian couples sue Mississipi over same-sex marriage ban
5
Liberals and conservatives get their news from different sources Liberals and conservatives get their news from different sources
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback