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Cheri Bustos' Biography

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 17, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (IL) - District 17

Contact Information


4036 River Drive
Moline, IL 61265
Phone: 309-644-2358

119 North Church Street
Suite 101
Rockford, IL 61101

820 Southwest Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61602

2401 4th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

1233 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Full Name:

Cheri Bustos




Husband: Gerry; 3 Children: Tony, Nick, Joey

Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Springfield, IL

Home City:

East Moline, IL



Certified, Legislative Staff Internship Program, University of Illinois at Springfield

MA, Journalism, University of Illinois at Springfield, 1983-1985

BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland at College Park, 1981-1983

Attended, Political Science, Illinois College, 1979-1981

Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 17, 2012-present

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Illinois, District 17, 2018

Member, Board of Aldermen, City of East Moline, 2007-2011

Former Member, Aviation Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Highways and Transit Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives

Vice President, Communications and Public Relations, Iowa Health System, 2008-2011

Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Trinity Regional Health System, 2001-2007

Editor/Reporter, Quad-City Times, 1985-2001

Delegate, Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership, present

Former Co-Chair, Access to the Media Committee

Member, Alumni Board of Directors, Illinois College

Former Volunteer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters-Quad-Cities

Former Member, Board of Directors, Skip-A-Long Child Development Services

Former President, Board of Directors, Women’s Connection

Former Vice Chair, Board of Directors, WVIK Public Radio, Rock Island

Former Member, East Moline Citizens Advisory Committee

Founder, East Moline Downtown Revitalization Committee

Former Member, East Moline Plan Commission

Former Co-Chair, Go Red for Women, American Heart Association

Participant, Illinois Quad-City Chamber of Commerce Leadership Academy

Member, Junior Achievement of the Heartland, Quad-Cities

Former Board Member, Media Roundtable on Ethnic Diversity

Member, No Labels

Former Member, Public Awareness Committee, Child Abuse Council

Former Chair, Quad-Cities First

Former Volunteer, Two Rivers YMCA

Former Member, United Way of the Quad-Cities Area


2009 Athena Women Leadership Award

Inductee, Illinois College Sports Hall of Fame

Favorite Movie:

"Erin Brockovich"

"Forrest Gump"

"It's a Wonderful Life"

"The Blind Side"

Favorite TV Shows:

"30 Rock"

"CBS Sunday Morning"

Favorite Type of Music:

Almost anything Motown

Names of Grandchildren:

Keiton, Briley

Spouse's Occupation:

Captain with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office and Commander of the Quad-City Bomb Squad