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Cori Bush
Cori Bush 117th U.S Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byLacy Clay
Personal details
Born (1976-07-21) July 21, 1976 (age 45)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Children2
EducationLutheran School of Nursing
WebsiteHouse website

Cori Anika Bush (born July 21, 1976)[1] is an American politician, registered nurse, pastor, and Black Lives Matter activist serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 1st congressional district.[2][3] The district includes all of the city of St. Louis and most of northern St. Louis County.

A member of the Democratic Party, on August 4, 2020, Bush defeated 10-term incumbent Lacy Clay in a 2020 U.S. House of Representatives primary election largely viewed as a historic upset, advancing to the November general election in a solidly Democratic congressional district. Bush is the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri. She previously ran in the Democratic primary for the district in 2018 and the 2016 U.S. Senate election in Missouri. She was featured in the 2019 Netflix documentary Knock Down the House, which covered her first primary challenge to Clay.

Early life and education

Bush was born on July 21, 1976, in St. Louis and graduated from Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School in 1994.[4] Her father, Errol Bush, is an alderman in Northwoods, Missouri and previously served as mayor.[5][6][7] Bush studied at Harris–Stowe State University for one year (1995–96)[8] and worked at a preschool until 2001.[9] She earned a diploma in nursing from the Lutheran School of Nursing in 2008 and also became a pastor.[8][9][10]

Early career

In 2011, Bush established the Kingdom Embassy International Church in St. Louis, Missouri. She became a political activist in the 2014 Ferguson unrest,[9] during which she worked as a triage nurse and organizer. She has said she was hit by a police officer.[11] Bush is a Nonviolence 365 Ambassador with the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.[11]

Bush was a candidate for the 2016 United States Senate election in Missouri. In the Democratic primary, she placed a distant second to Secretary of State Jason Kander. Kander narrowly lost the election to incumbent Republican Roy Blunt.[12][13]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

In 2018, Bush launched a primary campaign against incumbent Democratic representative Lacy Clay in Missouri's 1st congressional district. Described as an "insurgent" candidate, Bush was endorsed by Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats.[14] Her campaign was featured in the Netflix documentary Knock Down the House, alongside those of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, and Paula Jean Swearengin.[15][16] Clay defeated Bush, 56.7% to 36.9%.[17]

2020

Logo for Bush's 2020 congressional campaign
Logo for Bush's 2020 congressional campaign

In 2020, Bush ran against Clay again.[18][3][19] She was endorsed by progressive organizations including Justice Democrats, Sunrise Movement, and Brand New Congress and received personal endorsements from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, NY-16 Democratic nominee Jamaal Bowman,[20][21] former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner,[22] activist Angela Davis,[22] West Virginia Democratic nominee for Senate Paula Jean Swearengin,[23] and actress Michelle Forbes.[citation needed]

Bush narrowly defeated Clay in the primary election in what was widely seen as an upset. Bush received 48.5% of the vote, winning St. Louis City and narrowly losing suburban St. Louis County. The district is so heavily Democratic that her primary victory was considered tantamount to election in November.[24] Her primary win ended the Clay family's 52-year hold on the district. Clay's father, Bill, won the seat in 1968 and handed it to his son in 2000.[25][26][27] The district and its predecessors have been in Democratic hands for all but 17 months since 1909, and without interruption since 1911. No Republican has received more than 40% in the district since the late 1940s. With a Cook Partisan Voting Index of D+29, it is easily the most Democratic district in Missouri, and tied for the 23rd-most Democratic district in the country.

As expected, Bush won the general election handily, defeating Republican Anthony Rogers with 78 percent of the vote.

Tenure

Soon after being sworn in, Bush joined "The Squad", a group of progressive Democratic lawmakers. She posted a photo on Twitter of herself, the four original Squad members, and another new member, Bowman, with the caption "Squad up."[28]

On January 6, 2021, hours after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Bush introduced a resolution to remove every Republican who supported attempts to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election from the House of Representatives.[29]

In announcing her support for the second impeachment of Donald Trump, Bush called the attack on the Capitol a "white supremacist insurrection" incited by the "white supremacist-in-chief."[30]

In August 2021, Bush took a leading role in fighting to extend the CARES Act's eviction moratorium, sleeping on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to make her point; the CDC extended the moratorium on August 3.[9][31][32][33]

On August 5, 2021, Bush defended spending tens of thousands of dollars on personal security for herself as a member of Congress while also saying Democrats should defund the police, saying, "I get to be here to do the work, so suck it up—and defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police."[34][35][36]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Bush during the George Floyd protests in July 2020
Bush during the George Floyd protests in July 2020

Bush is a progressive Democrat, supporting policies such as defunding the police,[34][35][36] criminal justice and police reform, abortion rights, Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free state college and trade school, and canceling student debt.[39] She was endorsed by, and is a member of, the Democratic Socialists of America.[40][41] Bush supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.[42] She stands "unwaveringly with Black Lives Matter's demands".[19]

During her campaign, Bush advocated defunding the United States Armed Forces. After receiving criticism from Representative Kevin McCarthy and a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial, Bush clarified that she supported the reallocation of defense funding to healthcare and low-income communities.[43]

After Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol, Bush introduced a resolution, H.Res.25, to investigate and expel members of the House who promoted the conspiracy theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. On January 29, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accepted her request, Bush announced she was changing offices from the Longworth House Office Building after Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene "berated" her and her staff in a hallway and refused to wear a mask. Greene accused Bush of calling for violence against a couple involved in the controversial July 2020 march through a gated St. Louis suburb.[44]

Personal life

Bush lives in St. Louis, Missouri. She has two children.[45] For 14 months, she and her then husband lived in their car with the young children after being evicted because of loss of income after illness during her second pregnancy made it necessary for her to quit her preschool job.[9][46] In May 2021, she testified to the House Oversight and Reform Committee that during her first pregnancy, she informed her doctor of severe pain but was ignored, and as a result went into pre-term labor. Bush attributed this to "harsh and racist treatment" that black women face during pregnancy and childbirth.[47] In a subsequent tweet, she wrote, "Every day, Black birthing people and our babies die because our doctors don't believe our pain", and was criticized for using the term "birthing people" rather than "mothers".[48][49]

Electoral history

2016

2016 United States Senate election in Missouri Democratic primary [50]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jason Kander 223,492 69.9
Democratic Cori Bush 42,453 13.3
Democratic Chief Wana Dubie 30,432 9.5
Democratic Robert Mack 23,509 7.4
Total votes 319,886 100.00%

2018

Missouri 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2018[51]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lacy Clay (incumbent) 81,426 56.7
Democratic Cori Bush 53,056 36.9
Democratic Joshua Shipp 4,959 3.5
Democratic DeMarco K. Davidson 4,229 2.9
Total votes 143,670 100.0

2020

Missouri 1st Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2020[52]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cori Bush 73,274 48.5
Democratic Lacy Clay (incumbent) 68,887 45.6
Democratic Katherine Bruckner 8,850 5.9
Total votes 151,011 100.0
Missouri's 1st Congressional District General Election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Cori Bush 249,087 78.7
Republican Anthony Rogers 59,940 18.9
Libertarian Alex Furman 6,766 2.1
N/A Write in 378 0.1
Total votes 316,171 100.0

See also

References

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Lacy Clay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 1st congressional district

January 3, 2021–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jamaal Bowman
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