Cheri Bustos

Born:October 17, 1961 (age 60)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2013-present
Education:B.S., University of Maryland
M.A., University of Illinois, Springfield

Cheri Bustos assumed office as the U.S. Representative for Illinois' 17th Congressional District in January of 2013.

Bustos was born in Springfield, Illinois. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her master's degree in journalism from University of Illinois at Springfield.

Before being elected to Congress, Bustos worked as a journalist. She also worked in community relations and communications for health care providers. She served as the vice president of public relations and communications at IHS, the nation's fifth largest nonprofit, nondenominational health system. Prior to her work at IHS, Bustos served as the senior director of corporate communications for Trinity Regional Health System in Rock Island, Illinois. She is currently president of the board of directors of the Women's Connection, one of Illinois' largest women's membership organizations.

For information on Bustos' policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit her profile on


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