Bobby Rush was Chicago elected city alderman in 1983 and was re-elected twice. He defeated incumbent Rep. Charles Hayes in the March 1992 Democratic primary.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 1992 with 82 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Jay Walker. He defeated Republican William Kelly in 1994 with 75 percent of the vote. In 1996, he was re-elected with 85 percent of the vote against Republican Noel Naughton. In 1998, Rush defeated Republican Marlene White Ahimaz with 87 percent of the vote.
He lost a 1999 bid to unseat Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, receiving only 28 percent of the vote, including 45 percent of the black vote.
In 2000, Rush easily won a fifth congressional term against Republican Raymond Wardingley, a retired clown, after fighting off two serious challengers for a solid primary win, somewhat vindicating his crushing loss in the mayoral bid. He again defeated Wardingley in 2002 with 81 percent of the vote and faces him for the third time as he seeks his seventh House term this November.
In the 2002 Democratic primary, he fought off three candidates, receiving 61 percent of the vote _ more than double the 30 percent received by the second-place finisher, state Sen. Barack Obama, who is the 2004 Democratic nominee for Republican U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald's open seat.