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Longtime US Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois won’t seek 16th term

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., waves to guests in the balcony as he takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, before President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress.

CHICAGO — Longtime U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois won’t seek reelection after 15 terms in office.

The 75-year-old Chicago Democrat known for anti-violence and racial equity advocacy said in a prepared video announcement obtained Monday by The Associated Press that he’d remain in the public eye through church work.

Rush confirmed his plans to retire to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Rush was first elected in 1992 and holds the distinction of being the only person to ever beat Barack Obama, easily defeating the then-state senator in a 2000 congressional primary race. The evolution of Rush’s political career has been dramatic.

He co-founded the Illinois Black Panthers before deciding he could do more within the establishment.

 

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