Congresswoman Cheri Bustos: Global Down Syndrome Foundation 2019 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Recipient

Cheri Bustos (D-IL) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Illinois’ 17th District in 2013. In 2019, she assumed a leadership position as the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Cheri is married to the Sheriff of Rock Island Count and together, she and Gerry Bustos have three sons and two grandchildren.

During her previous career in journalism at the Quad-City Times, Bustos uncovered numerous stories of corruption and greed in government, winning awards for her work on public interest. Bustos also worked in health care before, during, and after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, one of the nation’s largest non-denominational, non-profit health care systems.

Now in her fourth term in Congress, Bustos is the only member of elected Democratic House Leadership from the Midwest and serves on both the House Appropriations and Agriculture Committees. She also serves on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Bustos is a member of the Congressional Task Force on Down syndrome and was a key figure in helping Global secure increase Down syndrome research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was recognized as an Honorary Committee member of Global’s inaugural AcceptAbility Gala in 2018.

The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is proud to announce Congresswoman Cheri Bustons as the 2019 Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award Recipient.