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Martin Anthony Russo (born January 23, 1944) is a U.S. Democratic politician and lobbyist.

Marty Russo
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1993
Preceded byRobert P. Hanrahan
Succeeded byBill Lipinski
Personal details
Born (1944-01-23) January 23, 1944 (age 75)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic

Political careerEdit

He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from Illinois and served from January 3, 1975 to January 3, 1993.

From 1979 to 1992, Russo served on the Ways and Means Committee, which from 1981 through 1994 was chaired by fellow Chicagoan Dan Rostenkowski. During his tenure, the Committee passed the Tax Reform Act of 1986. As Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and Chairman of the Task Force on Income Security, Russo became a vocal advocate for affordable health care for all Americans. He authored the single-payer health care reform proposal, the Universal Health Care Act of 1991 (H.R. 1300), which gained broad national attention and support.

Primary lossEdit

After the 1990 redistricting, he and Bill Lipinski were put in a new 3rd district. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in the Democratic primary on March 17, 1992, losing 38-56% to Lipinski. [1]


Russo worked at the lobbying firm of Cassidy & Associates, rising to the position of CEO. He left the firm in 2010.[2]

On December 15, 2010, Politico reported that Russo has accepted a "generous" buy-out and will be stepping down at the end of the year, as part of an overall shake-up. The firm, which helped pioneer earmark lobbying, faces a Republican House and Senate Republicans who have banned the practice."[3]


He currently resides in McLean, Virginia.


External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "Marty Russo (id: R000543)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert P. Hanrahan
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 3rd congressional district

January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1993
Succeeded by
Bill Lipinski