Cori BushCori Bush – MO1

Current Position: US Representative for MO 7th District since 2021
Affiliation: Democrat

Cori Anika Bush (born July 21, 1976) is an American politician, registered nurse, pastor, and activist serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district. 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.

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Progressive ‘Squad’ members in Minnesota to protest pipeline
Associated Press, Associated PressSeptember 5, 2021 (Short)

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Four congressional Democrats who are part of the progressive “Squad” and want President Joe Biden to stop construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline traveled to the shores of the Mississippi River to make their plea.

Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were spending the holiday weekend visiting Bemidji and other parts of northern Minnesota to speak with members of Indigenous communities and others who have been protesting the project.

Line 3 starts in Alberta and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing Minnesota en route to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. The 337-mile (542.35-kilometer) line in Minnesota is the last step in replacing the deteriorating pipeline that was built in the 1960s.

“We have been encouraged by Joe Biden’s boldness so far,” Omar said, referencing his January decision to cancel a border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that would have carried oil from Canada to Nebraska. “Now we have another chance to reject a moving pipeline. We hope you will act.”

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Current Position: US Representative for MO 7th District since 2021
Affiliation: Democrat

Cori Anika Bush (born July 21, 1976) is an American politician, registered nurse, pastor, and activist serving as the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district. 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.

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Progressive ‘Squad’ members in Minnesota to protest pipeline
Associated Press, Associated PressSeptember 5, 2021 (Short)

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Four congressional Democrats who are part of the progressive “Squad” and want President Joe Biden to stop construction of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline traveled to the shores of the Mississippi River to make their plea.

Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Cori Bush of Missouri, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were spending the holiday weekend visiting Bemidji and other parts of northern Minnesota to speak with members of Indigenous communities and others who have been protesting the project.

Line 3 starts in Alberta and clips a corner of North Dakota before crossing Minnesota en route to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. The 337-mile (542.35-kilometer) line in Minnesota is the last step in replacing the deteriorating pipeline that was built in the 1960s.

“We have been encouraged by Joe Biden’s boldness so far,” Omar said, referencing his January decision to cancel a border-crossing permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that would have carried oil from Canada to Nebraska. “Now we have another chance to reject a moving pipeline. We hope you will act.”

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Congresswoman Cori Bush is a registered nurse, community activist, organizer, single mother, and ordained pastor for the people of St. Louis. Congresswoman Bush is serving her first term as the representative of Missouri’s 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She is the first Black woman and first nurse to represent Missouri; the first woman to represent Missouri’s 1st Congressional District; and the first activist from the movement fighting for Black lives elected to the United States Congress.

Congresswoman Bush has lived the struggles that many in her community face. She has personally experienced being unhoused and evicted and is a survivor of police, sexual, and domestic violence. She centers those hardships in her fight for regular, everyday people. Her mission is to do the very most for all of the people of Missouri’s 1st Congressional District—starting with those who have the very least.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Congresswoman Bush graduated from Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School and studied at Harris-Stowe State University before receiving a nursing degree from the Lutheran School of Nursing. She has served her community for more than a decade as a nurse, clergy, and childcare worker. A relentless advocate for the unhoused community in St. Louis, Congresswoman Bush has spent years as a community organizer providing services and aid to her unhoused neighbors in the district.

In 2014, following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. by a now-terminated Ferguson police officer, Congresswoman Bush spent more than 400 days protesting for justice — leading on the ‘Ferguson Frontline’ as a nurse and clergy. During the day, Bush was responsible for providing triage-medical care and resources to the community that witnessed Mike Brown’s body laying, uncovered, for four and a half hours in the hot St. Louis summer sun. In the evenings, Bush would return to march for justice — surviving police brutality in the process. In the years following, she continued her activism as a co-founder of The Truth Telling Project and as a leader of the protest group #ExpectUS.

Despite being the daughter of a local mayor and alderman, Congresswoman Bush never intended to run for office. Following the Ferguson Uprising, Bush was asked to run for office by community leaders. Although she initially rejected their requests, she pursued public office because she could not stand to see her son or daughter become hashtags of injustice without doing all she could to protect them. She intends to legislate in defense of Black lives to ensure no family has to fear that their loved ones may suffer at the hands of police. She also intends to center her experience as a nurse and as someone who’s been uninsured to advance policies like Medicare For All to guarantee health care as a fundamental right for everyone.

Congresswoman Bush is the recipient of the 2015 “Woman of Courage” Award from the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation. In June of 2019, she was selected Top Nurse by the International Nurses Association. In October of 2020, the Jefferson City NAACP awarded Congresswoman Bush their prestigious “Trailblazer Award.” In November of 2020, she received the Black Rep’s Frankie Muse Freeman Spirit Award.

Like our nation’s first Black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman Bush is unbought and unbossed, following a campaign in which she took no corporate PAC money. She is accountable only to the people of Missouri’s 1st Congressional District and will do all that she can to make sure every single person in her district, in our country, and around the world lives a decent life.

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Emanuel CleaverEmanuel Cleaver – MO5

Current Position: US Representative for MO District 5 since 2005
Affiliation: Democrat

Emanuel Cleaver II (born October 26, 1944) is a United Methodist pastor and American politician who has represented Missouri’s 5th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005. The district includes the southern three-fourths of Kansas City, including all of the city south of the Missouri River, as well as the more rural counties of Lafayette, Ray, and Saline east of Jackson. Cleaver is a member of the Democratic Party, and chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from January 2011 to 2013.

Cleaver served on the Kansas City Council from 1979 to 1991, until he was elected mayor, serving from 1991 to 1999.

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Will Missouri Republicans try to draw Rep. Cleaver out of office? Democrats are wary
McClatchy DC Bureau , DANIEL DESROCHERS AND JONATHAN SHORMANAugust 27, 2021 (Long)

Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver keeps hearing Missouri Republicans will try to redraw his Kansas City-area district to get him out of office.

He’s starting to believe it.

“I hear that literally every day from somebody,” Cleaver said. “So I guess I have to, at this point, assume that it’s going to be a serious effort to alter the present construct of the Fifth District.”

Democrats don’t have much power over the once-a-decade drawing of new maps for the state’s eight congressional districts. The Republican-controlled General Assembly, along with Republican Gov. Mike Parson, will approve new boundary lines.

That’s made Democrats fearful Republicans will attempt to gerrymander the 5th Congressional District to deliver a partisan advantage and shrink the number of Missouri seats held by Democrats from two to one. It is forcing them to do the only thing they can do, at this stage in the process: sound the alarm to raise attention about the potential for gerrymandering.

The 5th District includes the western half of Jackson County, a corner of Clay County and a chunk of rural western Missouri joined together by a strip of land along the southern part of Jackson. It’s an odd shape that makes the district a potentially attractive target for modifications.

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Current Position: US Representative for MO District 5 since 2005
Affiliation: Democrat

Emanuel Cleaver II (born October 26, 1944) is a United Methodist pastor and American politician who has represented Missouri’s 5th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2005. The district includes the southern three-fourths of Kansas City, including all of the city south of the Missouri River, as well as the more rural counties of Lafayette, Ray, and Saline east of Jackson. Cleaver is a member of the Democratic Party, and chaired the Congressional Black Caucus from January 2011 to 2013.

Cleaver served on the Kansas City Council from 1979 to 1991, until he was elected mayor, serving from 1991 to 1999.

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Will Missouri Republicans try to draw Rep. Cleaver out of office? Democrats are wary
McClatchy DC Bureau , DANIEL DESROCHERS AND JONATHAN SHORMANAugust 27, 2021 (Long)

Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver keeps hearing Missouri Republicans will try to redraw his Kansas City-area district to get him out of office.

He’s starting to believe it.

“I hear that literally every day from somebody,” Cleaver said. “So I guess I have to, at this point, assume that it’s going to be a serious effort to alter the present construct of the Fifth District.”

Democrats don’t have much power over the once-a-decade drawing of new maps for the state’s eight congressional districts. The Republican-controlled General Assembly, along with Republican Gov. Mike Parson, will approve new boundary lines.

That’s made Democrats fearful Republicans will attempt to gerrymander the 5th Congressional District to deliver a partisan advantage and shrink the number of Missouri seats held by Democrats from two to one. It is forcing them to do the only thing they can do, at this stage in the process: sound the alarm to raise attention about the potential for gerrymandering.

The 5th District includes the western half of Jackson County, a corner of Clay County and a chunk of rural western Missouri joined together by a strip of land along the southern part of Jackson. It’s an odd shape that makes the district a potentially attractive target for modifications.

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Emanuel Cleaver, II is now serving his ninth term representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, the home district of President Harry Truman. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services; Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance; member of Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets; member of Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; member of the House Committee on Homeland Security; member of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security; and member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.

Having served for twelve years on the city council of Missouri’s largest municipality, Kansas City, Cleaver was elected as the city’s first African American Mayor in 1991.

During his eight-year stint in the Office of the Mayor, Cleaver distinguished himself as an economic development activist and an unapologetic redevelopment craftsman. He and the City Council brought a number of major corporations to the city, including TransAmerica, Harley Davidson, and Citi Corp. Cleaver also led the effort, after a forty-year delay, to build the South Midtown Roadway. Upon completion of this major thoroughfare, he proposed a new name: The Bruce R. Watkins Roadway. Additionally, his municipal stewardship includes the 18th and Vine Redevelopment, a new American Royal, the establishment of a Family Division of the Municipal Court, and the reconstruction and beautification of Brush Creek.

Cleaver has received five honorary Doctoral Degrees augmented by a bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M, and a master’s from St. Paul’s School of Theology of Kansas City.

In 2009, Cleaver, with a multitude of accomplishments both locally and Congressionally, introduced the most ambitious project of his political career—the creation of a Green Impact Zone. This zone, consisting of 150 blocks of declining urban core, has received approximately $125 million dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment funds. The Green Impact Zone is aimed at making this high crime area the environmentally greenest piece of urban geography in the world. This project includes rebuilding Troost Avenue, rehabbing bridges, curbs and sidewalks, home weatherization, smart grid technology in hundreds of homes, and most importantly, hundreds of badly needed jobs for Green Zone residents.

During the 112th Congress, Cleaver was unanimously elected the 20th chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

In 2016, as Ranking Member of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, Cleaver successfully co-authored the largest sweeping reform bill on housing programs in 20 years, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, a bipartisan comprehensive housing bill that passed into law with a unanimous vote.

In 2018, Congressman Cleaver received the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation. Past honorees include President Bill Clinton, the late Senator John McCain, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Cleaver, a native of Texas, is married to the former Dianne Donaldson. They have made Kansas City home for themselves and their four children, and grandchildren.

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