Bobby Rush

Illinois Democrat

Rep. Bobby Rush

What the Post found

Estimated wealth

No data

Financial approach

Minimal Assets

Rush’s financial disclosure forms

Each year, lawmakers are required to file financial disclosure forms that list assets, liabilities, stock transactions, outside employment, spousal employment and travel reimbursements.

Public projects, private interests

Spending with family connections: $290,663

Rush directed $290,663 to Beloved Community Family Services in 2008, a nonprofit group he founded in Chicago. His wife serves on the board but does not draw a salary. "His wife, Carolyn, is a volunteer board member of this not-for-profit organization that helps at-risk children in one of the poorest, most needy, underserved, neglected urban communities in America," a Rush spokeswoman said. "There are no ethical issues or conflicts of interest, only an honest attempt to serve those who are most in need."

Rush’s financial portrait

The Post examined the personal finances disclosed by all members of Congress and computerized by Center for Responsive Politics to show how they manage their assets and invest their money.

Estimated wealth

$0 in 2010

Change in estimated wealth

% since

Less wealth and less aggressive

Lawmakers who use safer investment strategies with limited wealth.

Spouse's estimated wealth in 2010

% of Rush's wealth


More aggressive

Financial approach

Minimal Assets

41 lawmakers saw their estimated wealth fall below $25,000, with many slipping into the negative territory.

What industries does Rush invest in?

No assets listed on financial disclosure form.

Rush's estimated
2010 liabilities


What asset types does Rush hold?

No assets listed on financial disclosure form.

NOTE: "Mixed" investments are assets that are not tied to a specific industry. Charted change in annual estimated wealth is capped at 200 percent increase and 100 percent decrease for clarity. See the full methodology here.
SOURCES: Congressional financial disclosure forms, Center for Responsive Politics, Washington Post analysis.

About the data

The estimation of assets for lawmakers is based on calculating the midpoint of reported value ranges for holdings and liabilities that members of Congress list on financial disclosure forms. It does not reflect assets lawmakers are not required to disclose, such as personal residences and non-interest bearing bank accounts. The estimation is not intended to provide a complete portrait of the net worth of each legislator, but rather show their relative standing in Congress and how their holdings have changed over time.

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