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The Honorable Cheri Bustos


Former Congresswoman Cheri Bustos served Illinois’ 17th Congressional District for the past 10 years. She held powerful roles in leadership, serving as Co-Chair of the Steering and Policy Committee during her past term in Congress and Co-Chairing the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee for two years. Bustos served on the House Committee on Agriculture for her full tenure in office; six years on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and four years on the House Appropriations Committee. While on the House Appropriations Committee, she served on some of the most powerful subcommittees: Defense; Labor, Health and Human Services and Education; Energy and Water; and Military Construction and Veterans Administration. 

Outside of her public service work, Bustos has helped advance the next generation of Democratic leaders, protecting the Democratic House majority in the 2020 election cycle as Chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). 

Bustos is a Spring 2023 Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland in College Park, and a Master’s in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. 

She is married to Gerry Bustos, the former Sheriff of Rock Island County, Illinois. They have three sons and three grandchildren. Her family has a rich history in organized labor, including members of the UAW, Teamsters, IFT, UFCW, FOP and SMART.