U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush wins 1st Congressional District

By Mariel Turner

Democratic supporters at the Governor Pat Quinn's election night party. Congressman Bobby Rush, a long-time Democrat, celebrated a political victory tonight.
Congressman Bobby Rush, a long-time Democrat, celebrated a political victory tonight. He was expected to stop by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s election watch party.

Democratic incumbent Bobby Rush has won the 1st District U.S. Congressional seat with 75 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.

Rush has held the seat for the past 22 years and hails from the South Side of Chicago, where most of the 1st District is located. The congressman was expected to make an appearance at Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s election watch party  Tuesday.

Winning big is nothing new for Rush. He won his 2012 election with 73 percent of the vote.

The only politician to ever beat President Barack Obama in an election, Rush is a devoted Democrat, voting with his party 97.8 percent of the time. During his tenure, Rush has taken a strong stance on healthcare and racial profiling, famously wearing a hoodie on the House floor in support of Trayvon Martin, the black teen who was killed in Florida by a neighborhood watch captain.

“While the Justice Department reports a significant decline in violent crime nation-wide as well as in Chicago, the raw numbers are still too high,” said Rush on his official website. “To every victim of crime the offense is personal.  Statistics can never speak to the impact on hearts and souls or on a person’s sense of security.”

Rush’s opponent, Jimmy Tillman, is the son former Chicago Ald. Dorothy Tillman.