Mike BostMike Bost – IL12

Current Position: US Representative of IL District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Delegate from 1995 – 2015

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“I am a true believer that local control is better. I believe that our school boards should be able to make decisions on their own. I am not a big government person, and the only concern I have is that the fact is, the governor is taking a very strong step for local control,” Bost said.

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Bost Speaks Against H.R. 1 mar. 6, 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted against House Democrats’ legislation to federalize state election laws, establish the Attorney General as an “elections czar,” and give the Biden Administration the authority to veto states’ voter ID laws.

“Earlier this year, the Washington Democrats failed to get their federal election takeover signed into law, so they are trying once again,” said Bost. “The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides each state the right to regulate their own elections, not the federal government. This is a fundamental principle of federalism. We can all agree on the importance of ensuring the integrity of our elections, but what House Democrats want is to nationalize our state and local elections and give unelected Washington bureaucrats power over state election laws.”

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Current Position: US Representative of IL District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Delegate from 1995 – 2015

Featured Quote: 
“I am a true believer that local control is better. I believe that our school boards should be able to make decisions on their own. I am not a big government person, and the only concern I have is that the fact is, the governor is taking a very strong step for local control,” Bost said.

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Bost Speaks Against H.R. 1 mar. 6, 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted against House Democrats’ legislation to federalize state election laws, establish the Attorney General as an “elections czar,” and give the Biden Administration the authority to veto states’ voter ID laws.

“Earlier this year, the Washington Democrats failed to get their federal election takeover signed into law, so they are trying once again,” said Bost. “The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides each state the right to regulate their own elections, not the federal government. This is a fundamental principle of federalism. We can all agree on the importance of ensuring the integrity of our elections, but what House Democrats want is to nationalize our state and local elections and give unelected Washington bureaucrats power over state election laws.”

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Rep. Mike Bost is proud to represent the 12 counties of Illinois’ 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Sworn into office on January 6, 2015, Mike is continuing the fight for our Southern Illinois’ values in Washington – a fight he began in U.S. military, then as a first responder, a local job creator, and a state representative.

In the 117th Congress, Rep. Bost serves on two key committees: Veterans’ Affairs, and Transportation & Infrastructure.  On the Veterans’ Affairs Committee he serves as the Ranking Member, the top Republican on the Committee.

Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Bost served for two decades in the Illinois House of Representatives, rising to the leadership position of House Republican Caucus Chair.

Rep. Bost also served as a firefighter for the Murphysboro Fire Department.   He graduated from the University of Illinois’ Certified Firefighter II Academy in 1993 and continued to serve the Murphysboro Fire Department during his six terms as state representative.  Prior to that, Rep. Bost worked for 13 years at Bost Trucking Service, first as a driver and then for 10 years as a truck manager.

Rep. Bost is a lifelong resident of Murphysboro.  He graduated from Murphysboro High School in 1979.   After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving his country from 1979 to 1982.   He was trained as an electronic specialist and radar repairman and received an honorable discharge as a Corporal E-4.

In addition to his duties as a Member of Congress, Rep. Bost is very active in his church and community.   Rep. Bost and his wife, Tracy, own and operate a small business – the White House Salon – in Murphysboro.

Mike and Tracy have three children – Steven, Kasey Fred and Kaitlin Rose.  They have two sons-in-law, Travis Fred and Chad Rose, a daughter-in-law, Betsy, and eleven grandchildren.

Voting Record

Votes on Bills

Caucuses 

  • Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus
  • Caucus for the Human Bond
  • Congressional Addition, Treatment, and Recovery Caucus
  • Congressional Air Force Caucus
  • Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus
  • Congressional Biofuels Caucus
  • Congressional Border Security Caucus
  • Congressional Chemistry Caucus
  • Congressional Congenital Heart Caucus
  • Congressional Corrosion Prevention Caucus
  • Congressional Defense Communities Caucus
  • Congressional Diabetes Caucus
  • Congressional Dyslexia Caucus
  • Congressional Farmer’s Cooperative Caucus
  • Congressional Fertilizer Caucus
  • Congressional Fire Services Caucus – Co-Chairman
  • Congressional House Manufacturing Caucus
  • Congressional Long Range Strike Caucus
  • Congressional Mississippi River Caucus
  • Congressional Motorsports Caucus
  • Congressional National Guard & Reserve Components Caucus
  • Congressional Pilots Caucus
  • Congressional Rural Broadband Caucus
  • Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
  • Congressional Steel Caucus – Vice Chairman
  • Congressional Tuesday Group
  • Congressional Veterans Job Caucus
  • Congressional Youth ChalleNGe Caucus
  • House Congressional Mobility Air Forces Caucus
  • House General Aviation Caucus
  • House Republican Policy Committee
  • House Republican Study Committee
  • House Rural Education Caucus
  • House Rural Health Care Coalition
  • Republican Main Street Partnership
  • United Service Organizations Congressional Caucus

Offices

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1211 Longworth House Office Building
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Phone: (202) 225-5661
Fax: (202) 225-0285

O’FALLON

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Michael Joseph Bost (/ˈbɔːst/; born December 30, 1960)[2] is an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he has served as the U.S. representative for Illinois’s 12th congressional district since 2015. From 1995 to 2015, Bost was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 115th district. Before holding elected office, he was a firefighter.

Early life and career

Bost was raised Baptist[3] and graduated from Murphysboro High School.[4] He attended a firefighter academy program offered by the University of Illinois, later becoming a firefighter. Bost did not complete a college degree. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 to 1982.[5]

Bost ran his family’s trucking business for ten years. Since 1989, he and his wife Tracy have owned and operated White House Salon in Murphysboro.[6]

Bost was a member of the Jackson County Board from 1984 to 1988, the treasurer of Murphysboro Township from 1989 to 1992, and trustee of Murphysboro Township from 1993 to 1995, until his election to the Illinois House of Representatives.[2]

Illinois State Legislature

Bost was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in November 1994, having lost his first campaign in 1992. In his 1994 campaign against incumbent Gerald Hawkins, he was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune.[1]

During the 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries, Bost worked on former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson‘s presidential campaign, serving as a congressional district chair for Illinois’s 12th congressional district.[7]

In May 2012, members of the Illinois House were given just 20 minutes to review and vote on a 200-page pension overhaul bill that had been revised at the last minute. Displeased with the situation, Bost exploded on the House floor, saying, “These damn bills that come out of here all the damn time…at the last second and I’ve got to try figure out how to vote for my people!…Enough! I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt! Let my people go!” An opponent ran ads focusing on Bost’s anger, but many voters, according to NPR, “see his fury as well-placed.”[8][9][10] Bost’s rant earned him the runner-up spot on CNN‘s list of “Best Celebrity Flip-Outs of All-Time”.[11] He joked about his inclusion on the list, saying “I thought I was going to be No. 1”,[12] and later said he had been “angry at how legislators pushed a bill through and how Governor Pat Quinn was running Illinois.”[13]

In November 2013, Bost presented fellow U.S. Marine Archibald Mosley with Illinois House Resolution 706 for his lifetime accomplishments, including being among the first African-Americans to serve in the Marines. The presentation was part of a NAACP program.[14][15]

After the 2014 elections, Bost resigned early from the House to take office in Congress.[16] He was succeeded by Terri Bryant.[17]

Committees

Bost served on the following state legislative committees:[18]

  • Appropriations-Higher Education
  • Bio-Technology
  • Higher Education
  • Public Utilities

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2014

In 2014 Bost ran for U.S. Congress in Illinois’s 12th congressional district. He was unopposed in the Republican primary, and faced the incumbent, William Enyart, in the general election.[19]

Illinois’s largely agricultural 12th district was historically Democratic-leaning, but had been trending Republican, with President Obama having carried it by only 2 percentage points in 2012. Enyart was considered vulnerable as a freshman member in a competitive seat. Additionally, Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who was running for reelection in 2014, was unpopular in the district.[12] The Cook Political Report rated the race a “Toss Up” and the National Journal ranked the district the 21st most likely to flip Republican in 2014.[12][20]

In a radio interview, Bost said some scientists believe in anthropogenic climate change while other scientists do not.[21]

Bost said he ran because “the federal government has basically blown everything they are doing right now.” He said he intended to fight for job growth and immigration reform.[22] Bost challenged Enyart to as many as a dozen debates.[23]

Bost was endorsed by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.[24]

Bost won the election with 53% of the vote to Enyart’s 42%, with independent candidate Paula Bradshaw taking 6%.[25] He won primarily by dominating the areas of the district outside the St. Louis suburbs, taking all but three of the district’s 12 counties.[26] He also benefited from the coattails of Bruce Rauner‘s successful run for governor; Rauner carried every county in the district.

After being elected to the House, Bost said he did not plan to acquire a second residence, but would sleep in his office while in Washington.[13]

2016

Bost ran for reelection in 2016. He was unopposed in the Republican primary, and faced Democrat C.J. Baricevic and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw in the general election.[27] Bost won the November 8 general election with 54% of the vote.[28]

Bost was endorsed by the Illinois Education Association, Illinois’s largest labor union. In its endorsement, the union cited Bost’s “strong record in support of public education in the Metro East and Southern Illinois.”[29]

2018

Bost ran for reelection in 2018. In the Republican primary, he defeated challenger Preston Nelson with 83.5% of the vote. In the general election, Bost defeated Democratic nominee Brendan Kelly with 51.8% of the vote to Kelly’s 45.2%. Green Party candidate Randy Auxier took 3%.[30]

2020

Bost won the Republican primary unopposed.[31] In the 2020 general election, Bost won with 60.4% of the vote.[32][33]

Tenure

Bost was sworn into office on January 6, 2015.[34]

In November 2014, Bost described President Obama, his former colleague in the Illinois legislature, as a “fluke” and said that “nobody ever thought he was going to rise.” He recalled a time when Obama, speaking to a group of reporters as Bost walked by, had said to them: “There you have it, one of the rich Republicans.” Bost purportedly responded, “that just proves you don’t know me at all.” He said that was his last exchange with Obama.[13]

After James Hodgkinson shot at GOP congressmen who were playing baseball in Virginia on June 14, 2017, injuring Steve Scalise, Bost said that his office has previously received phone calls from the attacker. “He’s contacted us just about 10 times, on every issue,” Bost said. “[He] was argumentative, but never threatening.”[35]

Bost is a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership[36] and the conservative Republican Study Committee.[37]

At a March 2017 meeting with editors of the Southern Illinoisan, Bost said that he did not do “town halls” because they had become too combative. “You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That’s not what we need. We need to have meetings with people that are productive.” His use of the word “Orientals” made national headlines. Bost apologized, saying he had “used a poor choice of words.” His spokesman said that Bost had been referring to public humiliation sessions during China‘s Cultural Revolution.[38][39]

Farming

In April 2016, a Bost bill to change how the government defines farms and ranches as small businesses passed the House with bipartisan support.[40]

Health care

At a March 2017 “telephone town hall,” Bost spoke about health care with several constituents who criticized Obamacare. Bost expressed support for the new American Health Care Act, saying, “doing nothing is not an option.” He promised the new bill did not portend a return to pre-Obama health care. “It’s not intended to go back to what it was prior to the Affordable Care Act,” Bost said. “We have to move forward because the system is collapsing.” He also praised “plans to strip money from Planned Parenthood and shift it to local health departments that help with women’s needs.”[41] On May 4, 2017, Bost voted for the act.[42]

Tax reform

Bost voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,[43] saying he believed the bill would enable businesses to compete globally and thereby improve the economy. The individual tax cuts expire in 2022. Bost wants to make them permanent.[44]

In December 2017, Bost signed a letter requesting that two education-related portions of the Internal Revenue code, one providing tuition breaks and the other incentivizing employees “to accept tax-free educational assistance from employers,” be left unchanged in the new tax bill. The letter pointed out that seven out of ten college students graduate with student loan debt, which “harms our economy because it prevents many young adults from buying a house, purchasing a car or saving for retirement.”[45]

Cannabis

Bost has a “D” rating from marijuana legalization advocacy organization the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes.[46]

Texas v. Pennsylvania

In December 2020, Bost was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[47] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[48][49][50]

On January 6[51] and 7,[52] 2021, Bost objected to and refused to accept the presidential election results of 2020, and attempted to overturn the results of the election by voting to reject Arizona‘s and Pennsylvania‘s electoral votes.[citation needed]

LGBT rights

In 2015, Bost condemned the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage bans violated the constitution.[53]

In 2021, Bost was one of 29 Republicans to vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.[54] This bill expanded legal protections for transgender people, and contained provisions allowing transgender women to use women’s shelters and serve time in prisons matching their gender identity.[55]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1992[61]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Gerald Hawkins 22,494 54.61
RepublicanMike Bost18,70045.39
Total votes41,194 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1994[62]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost 17,004 56.21
DemocraticGerald Hawkins (incumbent)13,24543.79
Total votes30,249 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1996[63]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 19,561 51.82
DemocraticJohn S. Rendleman18,18848.18
Total votes37,749 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1998[64]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 18,523 55.11
DemocraticDon Strom15,08744.89
Total votes33,610 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2000[65]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 24,137 62.70
DemocraticRobert L. Koehn14,36237.30
Total votes38,499 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2002[66]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 20,338 60.55
DemocraticGerald Deering11,10233.05
Illinois Green PartyRich Whitney2,1506.40
Total votes33,590 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2004[67]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 27,984 59.99
DemocraticMic Middleton14,80431.74
GreenRich Whitney3,8598.27
Total votes46,647 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2006[68]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 23,289 77.87
GreenCharlie Howe6,62022.13
Total votes29,909 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2008[69]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 26,506 57.54
DemocraticCheryl Graff16,51535.85
GreenCharlie Howe3,0416.60
Total votes46,062 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2010[70]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 22,820 74.43
GreenCharlie Howe7,83925.57
Total votes30,659 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2012[71]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 37,192 100.0
Total votes37,192 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District General Election, 2014[72]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost 110,038 52.46
DemocraticWilliam L. “Bill” Enyart (incumbent)87,86041.89
GreenPaula Bradshaw11,8405.65
Total votes209,738 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District General Election, 2016[73]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 169,976 54.31
DemocraticCharles “C.J.” Baricevic124,24639.69
GreenPaula Bradshaw18,7806.00
Total votes313,002 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2018[74]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 31,658 83.50
RepublicanPreston Nelson6,25816.50
Total votes37,916 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District General Election, 2018[75]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 134,884 51.57
DemocraticBrendan Kelly118,72445.39
GreenRandy Auxier7,9353.03
Total votes261,543 100.0
Illinois’s 12th congressional district, 2020[32][33]
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanMike Bost (incumbent) 194,839 60.43 +8.86%
DemocraticRaymond Lenzi127,57739.57-5.82%
Total votes322,416 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life

Bost and his wife, Tracy, have three children and 11 grandchildren. He has said that his political hero is John Alexander Logan, an Illinois Democrat who had switched parties when the Civil War began. “He was willing to break ranks to do what was right,” Bost explained.[13]

Legal issues

Bost has a long history of legal troubles. In 1986, his daughter required stitches after being bitten by a beagle after antagonizing and chasing it. Unsatisfied with authorities’ lack of an immediate response, Bost drove to the dog’s owner’s home and shot the dog dead with a handgun while it was in its enclosure. He was arrested and charged with criminal damage to property and reckless misconduct in relation to the incident, but was acquitted at trial.[76][77] In 2014, Bost joked to a reporter about the killing.[78]

In 2006, authorities confronted Bost after he failed to report that his gun was stolen after it was used to threaten another man’s life. He led authorities to his gun safe, which contained a bottle of whiskey and no gun.[79][80]

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Gerald Hawkins
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 115th district

1995–2015
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois’s 12th congressional district

2015–present
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Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee
2021–present
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Mike Bost – IL12

Current Position: US Representative of IL District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Delegate from 1995 – 2015

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“I am a true believer that local control is better. I believe that our school boards should be able to make decisions on their own. I am not a big government person, and the only concern I have is that the fact is, the governor is taking a very strong step for local control,” Bost said.

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Bost Speaks Against H.R. 1 mar. 6, 2021

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Rodney Davis – IL13

Current Position: US Representative of IL District 13 since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: Political staffer from 1994 – 2019

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The @SBAgovhas approved a disaster declaration for McLean County and contiguous counties following historic flooding in June. A declaration opens up loans and financial assistance for those affected.

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Rep. Rodney Davis on Biden’s approach to infrastructure spending

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Mary Miller – IL15

Current Position: US Representative of IL 15th District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: US Senator

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I will not sit on the sidelines and watch our Constitution be trampled on. We are not descendants of the fearful.

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Congresswoman Mary Miller Apologizes For Quoting Hitler In Speech Outside Capitol, Accuses Others Of

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Adam Kinzinger – IL16

Current Position: US Representative of IL District 16 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: US Air Force from 2003 – 2021

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It was a sobering moment to vote in support of impeachment today; to walk over to the U.S. Capitol, our symbol of democracy, and recall the violent insurrection we witnessed here just one week ago. This is not a vote I took lightly, but a vote I took confidently. I’m at peace.

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Kinzinger BLASTS Kevin McCarthy for ‘childish’ comments on Jan. 6 committee

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Darin LaHood – IL18

Current Position: US Representative of IL District 18 since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position: State Senator from 2011 – 2015

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My bipartisan Small Business Tax Fairness and Compliance Simplification Act would provide equitable treatment to the beauty/salon/barber industry, allow these businesses to further support their employees, and promote small business expansion.

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Rep. LaHood | Fox Business: Americans Deserve Full Accounting of COVID-19 Origins

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