Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Speaker Paul Ryan’s Reversal of Ouster of House Chaplain Patrick Conroy

May 3, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), released the following statement on Speaker Paul Ryan’s reversal of his decision to oust House Chaplain Patrick Conroy:

“Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s unilateral and ill-advised decision to force the resignation of Father Conroy was deeply troubling.  Not only did he lack the authority to take such an irresponsible step but he did so for unknown reasons.  Father Conroy has met the needs and concerns of all Members and did so with spiritual clarity, deep-seated commitment, and total accessibility.  I am glad he will remain the House Chaplain and that bipartisan resistance brought on this reversal.”