Retiring Rep. Bobby Rush endorses Karin Norington-Reaves in Democratic primary for his House seat

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., retiring from Congress next year after 15 terms, on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022 endorsed Karin Norington-Reaves in the race to succeed him.

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., retiring from Congress next year after 15 terms, on Thursday endorsed Karin Norington-Reaves in the race to succeed him. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who will retire from Congress next year after 15 terms, endorsed Karin Norington-Reaves to succeed him in the historic Black congressional district.

WASHINGTON — The 1st Congressional District in Chicago, always anchored on the city’s South Side, is one of the most historic in the nation, spawning famous Black elected officials for decades, from City Hall, to the House, the Senate, all the way up to the White House.

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., who will retire from Congress next year after 15 terms, cited the political giants from the district — Oscar DePriest; Willam Dawson; Ralph Metcalfe; Harold Washington; Charles Hayes; Carol Moseley Braun and Barack Obama — in endorsing Karin Norington-Reaves to succeed him.

Rush, whose political career spans being a 1960s radical with the Black Panthers, to a member of the City Council, to Congress, is part of that historic roll call — a list that, he noted at the endorsement press conference, has never included a woman.

Rush’s endorsement of Norington-Reaves — on leave from the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, where she is CEO — was in the works before she announced on Sunday. It gives her Democratic primary campaign a significant boost.

The June 28 Illinois primary field is still taking shape and the most formidable candidate in the contest so far is Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), who got off to a quick start because she switched from running in the Democratic primary for Illinois secretary of state to the suddenly open congressional seat after Rush announced he will end his career in Congress …read more

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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