In mid-August, Rep. Rush attended a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and had planned to take his wife, travel disclosure reports show. “Due to illness, my wife did not attend,” he wrote in a disclosure submitted to the House on Aug. 30.
Rush’s spokeswoman, Debra Johnson, said the lawmaker took the leave “to be with his wife Carolyn as she undergoes major surgery.”
Johnson would not elaborate on Carolyn Rush’s ailment or surgery, but said the congressman “is grateful for the prayers, support and well wishes extended to him and his family on behalf of Mrs. Rush.”
Rep. Rush, 66, a Democrat, entered Congress in 1993. He is a former Chicago alderman.