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Cori Bush, Nominated To House Judiciary, Balks At Lack Of Law Degree: ‘Lived Experiences Will Drive My Work’
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 19: Congresswoman-elect Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) speaks outside of the Democratic National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Bush, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others called on the incoming Joe Biden administration to take bold action on issues of climate change and economic inequalities.
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After receiving a nomination to serve on the House Judiciary Committee on Friday, incoming Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) balked at the idea that she would need a law degree to serve on the powerful committee.

Bush, a registered nurse and Black Lives Matter activist, instead declared that “no degree can teach you what it feels like to experience an officer’s boot stomping your head.” She also said that “the expertise of my community’s lived experiences will drive my work.”

The House Judiciary Committee has 41 members, and the majority of them have studied law. However, the committee has no formal requirement that its members be lawyers.

Bush defeated long-time Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay Jr. in a Democratic primary upset back in August and signaled in a victory speech to voters that moderation and compromise weren’t in the cards for the future of the district’s representation.

Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, lauded Bush at the time as the newest member of “The Squad,” the group of far-left progressives elected in 2018 to serve in heavily blue congressional districts, including Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Congresswoman Ihlan Omar (D-MN), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Bush declared that she was ready to hold police officers “accountable” once she entered Congress, reported The New York Times.

“If you didn’t understand what happened, what was birthed right here in St. Louis, Missouri, in St. Louis County, in Ferguson, we’re about to show you,” said Bush.

Justice Democrats alluded to this pledge while celebrating Bush’s nomination to the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.

“Every time I step into that committee room, I will bring with me the power of my lived experience,” said Bush in a statement. “It is a power that comes from the pain of being a survivor of sexual abuse and domestic violence, or having been unhoused, stomped by the police, and forced to live paycheck-to-paycheck. But above all else, I will bring the stories of the people of St. Louis and fight for the change we need in Missouri’s First Congressional District.”

The Democrats’ committee nominations will go to the full caucus for approval.

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