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Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., participates in a news conference to announce the introduction of the "MOTHERS Act" in the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 11, 2007. The legislation would initiate new federal investment in postpartum depression education, detection and treatment programs for new mothers. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is an American politician from Illinois. A Democrat, he has served in the United States House of Representatives as the member from Illinois' 1st congressional district since 1993. Rush's district is located principally on the South Side of Chicago. It is a minority-majority district and has a higher percentage of African Americans (65%) than any other congressional district in the nation. Rush has the distinction of being the only person to date to defeat President Barack Obama in an election for public office.

Rush is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as a former member and founder of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Rush is also a member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc.

Rush served on the Chicago City Council in the 1980s, representing the 2nd Ward. He was one of the pro-Harold Washington faction on the Council during the "Council Wars" that began in 1983 following Washington's election as Mayor of Chicago in a racially-polarized contest.

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