Rush takes leave for wife’s surgery

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush is on an official leave from Congress to spend time with his wife as she undergoes major surgery.

The Chicago Democrat’s spokeswoman Debra Johnson confirmed in a statement Monday that Rush’s leave began Sept. 12. She did not disclose the nature of the surgery, or say how long the congressman will be on leave.

Rush recently missed several House votes, including one on a GOP measure to reduce food stamp funding.

He represents Illinois’ 1st Congressional District which includes parts of Chicago’s South Side and suburbs.

Rush has undergone serious surgery himself. In 2008 he underwent surgery for a cancerous tumor in his salivary gland and months of chemotherapy treatment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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