US Rep. Bobby Rush ending 30-year congressional run for ‘higher calling’ in the pulpit, as scramble of potential successors begins

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Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush announced Tuesday he will conclude a three-decade congressional career next January, but said he would continue a lifetime in public service and activism by turning to his “higher calling” as a Baptist pastor to help shape “minds and hearts.” “You can own your public service, but you can never own public office,” said the South Side Democrat who started out as a political activist by cofounding the Illinois Black Panther party before winning a City Council seat in 1983 and becoming a member of Congress a decade later. “For me, I have a higher calling and I am ans…

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