WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush of Chicago began a leave of absence from Congress on Sept. 12 because his wife, Carolyn, is ill, a Rush spokeswoman said today.
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.
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.
Rush takes leave from Congress because of wife's illness
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