Cheri Bustos Biography
Cheri Bustos (Cheryl Lea Bustos) is an American journalist healthcare executive, and politician born on October 17, 1961 in Springfield, Illinois, United States. She served as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 17th congressional district since 2013. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and she was the first woman to be elected to Congress from her district. Before she was elected to the East Moline City Council in 2007.
Cheri Bustos Age
Cheri Bustos was born on October 17, 1961 (she is 57 years old as of 2018)
Cheri Bustos Salary
Cheri Bustos earns a salary of $100,000.
Cheri Bustos Net worth
Cheri Bustos has an estimated net worth of $3.5 million.
Cheri Bustos Background
Cheri Bustos grandfather Joseph R. Callahan was a hog farmer who was also a state legislator. Her father worked for The State Journal-Register, where she served as assistant press secretary to Governor Samuel Shapiro, press secretary to Lieutenant Governor Paul Simon, and chief of staff to Senator Alan Dixon. As a girl, she babysat U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s children. Her mother worked as a teacher.
Cheri Bustos Education
Cheri Bustos graduated from Springfield High School in 1979. She joined Illinois College, then transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park where she received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1983. She got her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Springfield in 1985.
Cheri Bustos Husband
Cheri Bustos is married to Gerry Bustos who serves as the Rock Island County Sheriff and commander of the Quad City Bomb Squad. The couples were blessed with three children and two grandchildren.
Cheri Bustos Children
Cheri Bustos has three children Joey Bustos (son), Tony Bustos (son) and Nick Bustos (son), she has two grandchildren.
Cheri Bustos Politician
Cheri Bustos started her political career through her father’s influence. In 1985 she moved to the Quad Cities to work as a night-shift police reporter for the Quad-City Times. She worked there for seventeen years, first as a reporter, and then as an editor.
From 2001 to 2007, she worked as senior director of corporate communications for Trinity Regional Health Systems. From 2008 to 2011, she worked as vice president of corporate communications for Iowa Health System; in her last full year, she received overall compensation of $306,295.
Cheri Bustos Elections
In 2007, Cheri Bustos ran for the East Moline City Council seat from city’s 4th Ward. She won the Democratic primary with 45% of the vote and won the general election unopposed. In 2011, she won re-election unopposed. Before her elections, she served on East Moline’s Citizen Advisory Committee and the East Moline Plan Commission. In 2009, she worked as in the Athena Business Women’s Award. In February 2010, she secured at a state and federal money to purchase a $40,000 electronic welcome sign that was placed at the border of East Moline.
In August 2010, she was voted in the water and sewer rate hikes. In January 2011, she expressed interest in charging residents who do not recycle extra fees to lower the city’s landfill costs.
In April 2011, she was voted in a budget that was raised in property taxes 4.9% and raised garbage collection fees, saying, “these decisions have been made thoughtfully and thoroughly and during the course of 17 open and public budget sessions.” She also supported water and sewage increases. She has been criticized for voting for a $624,000 project to improve 10th Street in East Moline, which runs adjacent to Bustos’s house; the Schilling campaign dubbed it the “Bustos Parkway.” Schilling’s claim was called “reckless, irresponsible fiction” by the editorial board of the Quad-City Times. After being elected to a second term in May 2011, Bustos resigned in September 2011 to focus on her run for Congress.
In the 2012 elections, she was stated to be received in the endorsement of about two dozen unions active in the 17th Congressional district, including the Illinois AFL-CIO, AFSCME and the United Auto Workers. During the primary, Bustos received the endorsement of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. Durbin asked state Senator Dave Koehler and George Gaulrapp to drop out of the race to clear the way for Bustos, who is a close family friend of Durbin. Durbin asked state Senator Dave Koehler and George Gaulrapp to drop out of the race to clear the way for Bustos, who is a close family friend of Durbin. Gaulrapp reported that during a meeting with Durbin about withdrawing, Durbin said that Bustos had babysat for his family and was a close friend. She won the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012, defeating Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp and businessman Greg Aguilar 54%–26%-20%.
In the general election, Bustos was one of 39 candidates considered to be the most viable challengers against Republican incumbents to benefit from “Red to Blue” program offered by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She was endorsed by the Quad-City Times for the general election. In November, she defeated incumbent Republican Bobby Schilling 53%–47%. She’d received a significant boost from redistricting, which replaced Quincy, Decatur and the district’s portion of Springfield with the more Democratic portions of Peoria and Rockford. She is the first Democrat to represent a significant portion of Peoria since 1927, and only the second Democrat since the 1850s to represent a significant portion of Rockford. After entering the House, she made national headlines by “interviewing colleagues and posting the short videos on her Snapchat account.”
During the 2014 elections, she was challenged by Schilling for re-election in 2014. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board in 2012, she expressed her support for legislation which would cut congressional pay by 10 percent. When asked by a member of the editorial board if she would voluntarily give up 10 percent of her pay should the legislation fail, Bustos said that she would. During the campaign in 2014, she stated: “When I was in Chicago, I said something that I shouldn’t have said, but I never said it on the campaign trail. I never made it as a promise to the people in the 17th Congressional District.” The Chicago Tribune endorsed Schilling for the general election.
As they did in October 2012, Bustos and Schilling agreed to debate at the WQAD-TV News 8 studio on October 9, 2014, with Good Morning Quad Cities anchor Jim Mertens serving as moderator. She successful defeated Schilling in the November 4 general election, 55%–45%. During the 2016 re-elections, she successful won to represent the House in the 2016 general election, defeating the Republican challenger Patrick Harlan, an insurance agent, truck driver, and local Tea Party activist. During a long profile, she was politically noted on May 12, 2017, where she was noted in 2016, she was the only Democrat to win a House seat by a more than 20-point margin in a district that Trump also won.
“If Democrats are going to wrest control of the House from Republicans, argue many party strategists, it’s going to happen in large part by doing more of whatever it is her doing three hours west of Chicago in her nearly 7,000-square-mile district of small towns and soybean fields,” stated Politico. Calling her “one of the party’s rising stars,” Politico quoted her as saying, “I’m a little bit of a different kind of Democrat.” During the 2018 elections, she was challenged by Bill Fawell, a real estate broker who has attracted media attention for his conspiracy claims that the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks were an inside job perpetrated by the United States Government. She was then re-elected with 61.9% votes of the final vote talled over Fawell’s 38.1%.
Cheri Bustos Committee assignments
- Committee on Agriculture
- Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
- Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- United States House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
Committee on Appropriations
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- New Democrat Coalition
- Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
Cheri Bustos Political Position
She sponsored the first legislation to create a congressional government waste reduction board.
In July 2012 article, she wrote that she was to run for Congress in order to create good-paying jobs for middle-class Americans, including many “whose jobs are being shipped to China.” She wants to create a “manufacturing triangle” connecting Peoria, the Quad Cities, and Rockford and anchored by Caterpillar, John Deere, and the aerospace industry, respectively. She supports putting in place job-training programs at area community colleges to better prepare workers for skilled jobs in manufacturing.
In July 2017, she and two House colleagues were charged in a CNN op-ed that thanks to Republicans, “the economy isn’t working the way it should,” and promised that their own economic plan would create “millions of good-paying, full-time jobs” and “build an economy that puts Americans first.”
In March 2012 she called for cuts in defense spending.
She strongly supports the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare). In October 2012, her congressional campaign website said, “The new reform law is not perfect, but makes real improvements in our health care system. It lowers costs for small businesses and makes sure you have coverage that cannot be taken away. It stops insurance companies from denying coverage of preexisting conditions and allows children to stay on their parents’ health insurance for longer” she supports, the Catholic, legalized abortion. She also supported President Barack Obama’s order that all health plans cover birth control and “morning after” pills.
She opposed a full extension of the Bush tax cuts.
Congressional pay cut
She supports the 10% pay cut for members of Congress with no further pay raises until the federal budget is balanced. She has been critical of Republicans’ approach to balancing the budget and reducing taxes. Bustos favors reducing waste and fraud, ending “tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas,” and ending “corporate handouts.” She does not support lowering salaries or pensions for federal government employees.
She supports the DREAM Act.
During a debate, she opposed the three trade agreements approved by Congress in 2011 as “NAFTA-style” and said they would result in job losses for Illinois.
She supports the change of No Child Left Behind to offer more assistance for teachers while de-emphasizing “teaching to the test,” expand Head Start, reform student loans to address rising tuition costs, “protect and expand college scholarships like Pell Grants” and “improve vocational and job training opportunities for children who decide not to attend college.”
She claimed that there is a need for more women in Congress in order to bring greater attention to the issue of sexual assault.
In October 2015, she went to Cuba on a trip organized by the Illinois Cuba Working Group. In January 2016, she backed a bill to remove barriers to trade with Cuba. In March 2016, Bustos was part of the Congressional delegation that took part in President Obama’s trip to Cuba and said that Cuba represented a “huge trade opportunity” for the US “when it comes to agriculture.”
In February 2018, the Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan announced that a group of three legislators, including Bustos, would serve on an independently funded panel that would “lead a statewide discussion about the role of women in the Democratic party and how to ‘change the culture of politics.'” In April, however, she withdrew from the panel, citing criticism by the House Ethics Committee and legal advisers.
During his interview in 2016, she said she would “make every attempt to work with President Trump where we can find common ground” but “if he takes us down a dark place, then we’re going to have a fight on our hands.” During an April 2017 interview, however, she “verbally thrashed President Trump.” In the same month, she said that his first 100 days in office had been “a disaster” and that his health-care plan would rip out “the beating heart of rural America.”
Politico described her as “practically…taunting Trump.” She said that if she were president, “in my first 100 days, I’d want to have a lot of wins—and, you know, I wouldn’t want to have wins that I have to lie about.” In June 2017, she argued that her party’s “anti-Trump” message was not a winning electoral formula. In December 2017, she signed a letter asking for a House investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct made against President Trump.
Cheri Bustos for Congress
As members of the new Congress were sworn in Thursday, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos laid out the first steps for the new Democratic House majority. In an interview from her Capitol Hill office, the Moline Democrat promised swift action on three key priorities for Democrats: health care costs, including prescription drug costs; an infrastructure package, including funds to repair aging roads and bridges as well as expand rural broadband; and an ethics reform proposal addressing corruption and self-dealing.
She pointed to the infrastructure proposal in particular as being an issue on which both parties can agree, noting that it was a campaign priority for President Donald Trump. “There is no reason why Democrats and Republicans can’t work together on those issues,” she said, pointing to reducing health care costs as another issue where Trump had made statements.
Asked how Democrats would build consensus and pass legislation able to succeed in the GOP-controlled Senate and be signed by President Donald Trump, she pointed to a planned rule to create a consensus calendar for pieces of legislation that have broad backing and at least 290 cosponsors — requiring the support of both Democrats and Republicans.
The hope, she said, is that such popular legislation can be sent to the Senate and taken up there, and more quickly sent to Trump’s desk. “We think that’s a way to pass bipartisan, common-sense legislation,” she said. Bustos also said she expected House members to vote Thursday on a measure to re-open the government, passing the deal that Senate members passed without opposition before the shutdown began.
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Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) will be the new face of the campaign arm of House Democrats. After a contentious four-way race for Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair, Bustos was elected on Thursday and will be in charge of guiding House Democrats through the 2020 campaign season. It’s going to be a tough job; Democrats must defend the 40 seats they just flipped in more conservative districts. Although the race wasn’t as high-profile as yesterday’s caucus elections for speaker, it is still hugely consequential for the party.
Democrats just came off one of their best midterm years ever, picking up 40 seats in a blue wave that decimated the California GOP and expanding ground in more conservative suburban districts — one largely powered by women candidates. she was, in particular, aggressively made the case that the DCCC needed a leader from Middle America with the knowledge to defend suburban seats in the Midwest and other right-leaning areas of the country. She’s from a conservative district in Illinois and has steadfastly talked about the need for bipartisan cooperation in Congress.
“Over the next two years, our charge is to build on this progress to fortify our new Democratic Majority so we can deliver bold change for the American people,” she said in a statement. “We will do this by placing a new emphasis on incumbent protection while going on offense in the districts where we came up short this year — we must do both.”
The race was initially among four candidates: Bustos and fellow Reps. Denny Heck (WA), Suzan DelBene (WA), and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY), though only three names, appeared on the ballot, as Maloney was recently hospitalized in New York for a bacterial infection. The 52-year-old New York Congress member had initially asked for the vote to be delayed, but leadership under the newly elected Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY) continued with the election on Thursday as planned. Maloney eventually dropped out. She ultimately won with 117 votes, Heck picked up 83, and DelBene received 32.
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Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-17th District) reintroduced legislation intending to help sexual assault survivors. The proposal, known as the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act, calls for the end of forced arbitration agreements for sexual harassment survivors. The changes would give victims the opportunity to discuss their cases publicly and eliminate institutional protection for offenders. A similar act was proposed in 2017 with bipartisan sponsorship.
“Those who have been subjected to sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace deserve an option to have their day in court,” Bustos said. “While there are plenty of good companies that take sexual harassment seriously and work to prevent it, this legislation will help root out bad actors by prohibiting them from sweeping this problem under the rug.” U.S. representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington), Elise Stefanik (R- New York) and Morgan Griffith (R- Virginia) have joined Bustos as co-sponsors.