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Pastor Chris Butler, congressional candidate for the 1st District of Illinois responds to Congressman Bobby Rush’s Retirement Announcement.


Today, we learned that Rep. Bobby Rush is retiring after nearly 30 years of serving in the Congress and a lifetime of activism. I wish the Congressman well in his retirement and thank him for his lifelong devotion to public service. Indeed, our communities are freer and our society more just because of his work. 


This is a critical moment for the 1st Congressional District and the country. I look forward to honoring Congressman Rush’s legacy by being a voice in Congress and in our party that advances us in a new direction: not hyper-partisanship and polarization, but unity, progress, and justice; lifting up the voices and the values of hardworking people from forgotten places even when entrenched power doesn’t want to hear what needs to be said. 

Pastor Chris Butler is a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Representative of Illinois’ 1st Congressional District. Pastor Chris is currently the Senior Pastor of Chicago Embassy Church Network. He pastors the church in which he grew up. Pastor Chris is now a husband and father of five children. Pastor Chris was brought up in a working-class family and started participating in advocacy and movements for social change at just 12 years old. 

Pastor Chris’ background consists of engagement that highlights his ability to bring unity between groups that may not always agree. His education policy involvement includes Deputy Campaign Manager for A+ Illinois and Advocacy Director for New Schools for Chicago. Pastor Chris Co-Founded the Chicago Peace Campaign and has worked to reimagine policing. As a former Rock the Vote coordinator and Mikva Challenge Board Member, Pastor Chris is a passionate advocate for restoring our democracy. He has worked to get money out of politics, change the way political maps are drawn, and promote Action Civics education. Pastor Chris also served on President Barack Obama’s Campaign for U.S. Senate. He recently Co-Authored the award-winning book:  Compassion & Conviction.  


Christopher Butler


I love my family. I lead a church. I labor with @ANDCampaign. I’m running for U.S. Congress @ButlerforIL1