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Cori Bush facts: Age, parents, siblings, husband, children, net worth and more

Cori Bush is an American politician, nurse, pastor, and Black Lives Matter activist serving as the U.S. representative for Missouri’s 1st congressional district, since 2021. The district includes all of the city of St. Louis and most of northern St. Louis County.

A member of the Democratic Party, on August 4, 2020, Bush defeated 10-term incumbent Lacy Clay in a 2020 U.S. House of Representatives primary election largely viewed as a historic upset, advancing to the November general election in a solidly Democratic congressional district.

Bush is the first African-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri. She previously ran in the Democratic primary for the district in 2018 and the 2016 U.S. Senate election in Missouri.

Cori Bush
Cori Bush

She was featured in the 2019 Netflix documentary Knock Down the House, which covered her first primary challenge to Clay. Bush is a member of The Squad in the House of Representatives.

On January 30, 2024, it was reported that Bush was under investigation by the Department of Justice for alleged misuse of federal security money.

The Office of Congressional Ethics previously investigated the same allegations and voted unanimously to dismiss the case after finding no evidence of wrongdoing.

Cori Bush


Full name Cori Anika Bush, Cori Bush is 47 years old as of 2024. She was born on July 21, 1976, in St. Louis, Missouri.


Cori was born to Errol Bush, a union meat-cutter and local politician, and Barbara Blakney. Her family descends from people who were enslaved in South Carolina and Mississippi.


Cori Bush was raised in the Northwoods neighborhood with her 2 siblings.

Cori Bush  husband, Cortney Merritts
Cori Bush and husband, Cortney Merritts


Cori Bush has been married twice in her life. She is currently is married to Cortney Merritts, a security specialist and U.S. Army veteran.

According to The Independent, Cori Bush is under investigation for hiring her husband with campaign money.

Her full statement went on to say that she “look[s] forward” to being cleared by the above authorities.

Bush’s statement comes after CNN reported that the DOJ subpoenaed House Sergeant at Arms William McFarland Monday for documents related to a corruption probe into the 47-year-old lawmaker.


Cori Bush
Cori Bush kids

Cori Bush has two children, a son Zion and daughter, Angel. In a recent testimony during Congressional hearings on the issue of Black maternal health, Cori Bush shared that she nearly lost both of her children during her pregnancies.

In 2000, Cori gave birth to her first child, a son, nearly 4 months prematurely after doctors ignored her severe pain. He survived after being placed on a ventilator for an extended period of time.

One year later, Cori welcomed her second child, a daughter, after another tumultuous pregnancy. Her experiences helped shape her stances as an relentless advocate for Black maternal health.

Cori Bush net worth

Cori Bush’s net worth and salary for the year are still under review, but according to sources, her net worth is between 1 to 10 million dollars.

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