Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois is the latest House Democrat to head for the exits ahead of the 2022 midterms.
He announced this week that he will not seek reelection, making him the 24th Democrat to do so.
It’s pretty clear that Democrats know what’s coming in November, and a lot of them don’t want to be around to witness it.
The Chicago Sun Times reports:
Rep. Bobby Rush to retire after 15 terms
Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., the former Black Panther, ex-Chicago alderman, member of Congress and a minister, told the Chicago Sun-Times on Monday that he will not seek another term.
Rush, first elected to Congress in 1992, said in an interview he intends to stay active in his ministry and find ways to use his remarkable life story — a trajectory from a 1960s radical to House member — to inspire younger generations.
Since his first election to Congress when he toppled a Democratic incumbent in the primary, Rush, with enormous name recognition from his Black Panther days, has kept an iron grip on his 1st Congressional District, famously defeating then-state Sen. Barack Obama in the 2000 Democratic primary.
Rush, 75, has won each primary and general election by overwhelming margins in the district, anchored on Chicago’s South Side and running through the city’s southern suburbs…
Rush’s significant activism came as the co-founder of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party — a movement that saw the murder of two of its key leaders, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, by law enforcement.
Enjoy your retirement, congressman.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois won’t seek reelection after 15 terms in office. The 75-year-old Chicago Democrat holds the distinction of being the only person to ever win an election against Barack Obama. https://t.co/fZLWi4owgn
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 4, 2022
Do you remember a time when so many Democrats were retiring ahead of a midterm?