- "You know, I spent so much of my life misunderstood. What will they say about me now? What will I have left behind?"
- ―Rush Clovis, to Padmé Amidala
Baron Rush Clovis was a human male politician from the planet Scipio. Once a member of the Galactic Senate, Clovis worked closely with Senator Padmé Amidala early in her career. The two were romantically linked, until she insisted they return their relationship to a strictly professional level. With regret, Clovis respected her wishes. He continued to serve his people in the Senate, and became an influential representative of the InterGalactic Banking Clan. When the Clone Wars erupted, Clovis secretly betrayed the Galactic Republic to join the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Clovis' father was an advisor to a Muun banker. After his parents died in a shuttle accident, Clovis was adopted by the Muun, who treated him as his own child. He eventually entered galactic politics and became the Senator of Scipio. During his time in the Galactic Republic Senate, he grew close to Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo. About four years before the start of the Clone Wars, Clovis and Amidala accompanied Jedi Master Depa Billaba and Senator Caelor Gaans on a mission to Gaans' homeworld of Bromlarch. Eventually, Amidala chose to end her relationship with him.
Senator Clovis during the Clone Wars secretly conspired with Trade Federation Senator Lott Dod and Geonosian Archduke Poggle the Lesser to rebuild a droid foundry on Geonosis in exchange for the profits it would yield. However, the Jedi Council suspected that he was dealing with the Separatists and asked Senator Amidala to spy on Clovis and uncover his plans.
Clovis then met Amidala for lunch and asked her to come with him to Cato Neimoidia to speak to her diplomatic contacts among the Neimoidians. They both went to Cato Neimoidia aboard her star skiff accompanied by Captain Gregar Typho, R2-D2 and Anakin Skywalker disguised as her pilot. After they landed, Clovis and Amidala were greeted by Lott Dod. Clovis showed Dod and Poggle a disk containing the coordinates to the new droid foundry. He told them that it was the largest ever built and that it would bring great profits to them; but Poggle and Dod demanded a greater share of the profits for the risks they took. He refused to comply and went to Senator Amidala. He gave her a tour, telling her of some private investments.
Clovis was then embraced by Amidala who told him that she was glad to be there with him, and fainted. He realized that she had been poisoned and he confronted Dod about this, but Dod assured him that she was a Republic spy. Clovis refused to believe it, until he saw that Amidala had stolen his disk. He later confronted her, but she told him that she did it for the Republic. Skywalker came in to protect her. Clovis told him that Dod poisoned her. At first, Skywalker wanted to negotiate with Dod, but Clovis said that Dod would kill him if he found out about the disk. Clovis ultimately decided to get Amidala to her ship. However, Dod refused to let them leave. Clovis threatened to kill Dod unless he gave him the antidote. After Dod had given him the antidote, Clovis and Skywalker got Amidala to the ship. Clovis asked for the disk but Skywalker refused, leaving him behind.
Clovis worked with Amidala again when she came to Scipio for a loan from the InterGalactic Banking Clan. He was able to convince Amidala (with the aid of Dooku) to help him in exposing the Banking Clan's corruption to the Senate. The Core Five were removed from power, and Clovis was selected to head the Banking Clan.  In return for his favor, Count Dooku forced Clovis to raise interest rates on Republic loans, causing outrage in the Senate. A Separatist invasion of Scipio ensued (framed as a Clovis-endorsed takeover), followed by immediate Republic retaliation led by Anakin Skywalker. During the battle, a downed Vulture droid crashed into Clovis' office containing Anakin, Padmé, and Clovis. Sliding down the rooftop, Anakin was able to catch both Rush and Padmé before falling off the edge. Anakin was only strong enough to hold one person and, recognizing this, Clovis let go of Anakin and subsequently fell to his death.
- Queen's Shadow
- Queen's Shadow audiobook
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy" (First appearance)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "An Old Friend"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Rise of Clovis"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1
- ↑ Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the events of "The Wrong Jedi" and "A Death on Utapau to 19 BBY. As the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode "Crisis at the Heart" takes place between the two episodes according to , Rush Clovis' death must take place in that year.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Crisis at the Heart"
- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Senate Spy"
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Queen's Shadow
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "An Old Friend"
- ↑ Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Rise of Clovis"