Rep. Mike Bost

Rep. Mike Bost Rep. Mike Bost is proud to represent the 12 counties of Illinois’ 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sworn in to 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 114th Congress, Rep. Bost serves on three key committees: Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and Small Business. 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. 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. 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 state representative, Rep. Bost is very active in his church and community. 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 nine grandchildren with another on the way. The purpose of this page is for Congressman Mike Bost to communicate with the citizens of the 12th Congressional District regarding matters of federal policy and for his constituents to provide pertinent feedback regarding those communications. We welcome your comments, however, please note that this is a moderated online discussion site and not a public forum. Comments posted to this page will be monitored. Comments that (i) are unrelated to the purpose of this page or are not topically related to the specifics of the posting, (ii) contain fighting words, graphic or gratuitous violence, vulgar language, profanity, nudity, obscene or indecent language or sexual content, or false representations of fact, (iii) promote or incite illegal or fraudulent transactions or activities, (iv) threaten, intimidate, harass, or defame any person or organization, (v) constitute “spam,” such as content that appears to be from internet bots or repetitive, copy-paste statements, (vi) are commercial in nature, such as advertising, promotion, or endorsement of services or products, or solicitation of funds, (vii) contain personally identifiable information about another individual, (viii) misrepresent the commenter’s identity or affiliation, (ix) contain links to any site [that is unrelated to the topic of the original post], and/or (x) constitute campaign-related communications, electioneering, or fundraising efforts will be removed and may result in the inability of the author to comment on future posts.

Speaker Madigan has been a constant force in Springfield for the past 50 years. I served with him as a state rep. While ...
02/18/2021
BOST, DAVIS, LAHOOD, AND MILLER STATEMENT ON RESIGNATION OF ILLINOIS HOUSE SPEAKER MICHAEL MADIGAN

Speaker Madigan has been a constant force in Springfield for the past 50 years. I served with him as a state rep. While he has announced his resignation today, the consequences of his failed leadership and policies will be felt for years to come.

More from me and Rep. Rodney Davis, Rep. Darin LaHood, and Congresswoman Mary Miller here ↓

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Darin LaHood (IL-18), and Mary Miller (IL-15) issued the following joint statement upon the resignation of longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who has served in the Illinois House since 1971: “Illinois ...

One of the greatest athletes of all time, Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born and raised in East St. Louis. Throughout her car...
02/16/2021
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Dominates Women's Heptathlon For Gold - Seoul 1988 Olympics

One of the greatest athletes of all time, Jackie Joyner-Kersee was born and raised in East St. Louis. Throughout her career, Jackie won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals for heptathlon and long jump at four different Olympics Games. #BlackHistoryMonth

Watch some highlights from the 1988 Seoul Olympics, where she won gold medals for the heptathlon and long jump! ↓

Incredible highlights from the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games as the USA's Jackie Joyner-Kersee dominates in the women's heptathlon event to win gold and become kn...

Happy #PresidentsDay! Today we celebrate the leadership and accomplishments of our nation’s presidents, including Illino...
02/15/2021

Happy #PresidentsDay! Today we celebrate the leadership and accomplishments of our nation’s presidents, including Illinois’ own Abraham Lincoln!

Happy birthday to our 16th president, Illinois' own Abraham Lincoln!
02/12/2021

Happy birthday to our 16th president, Illinois' own Abraham Lincoln!

Looking forward to working with our new House Committee on Veterans' Affairs GOP Subcommittee Ranking Members! We've got...
02/11/2021

Looking forward to working with our new House Committee on Veterans' Affairs GOP Subcommittee Ranking Members! We've got a great team – let's get to work for our nation's veterans!

OUT NOW: Ranking Member Rep. Mike Bost just announced the Republican Subcommittee leadership for the 117th Congress!

Meet the Members and read RM Bost's full statement below ⬇
https://republicans-veterans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=5752

02/10/2021

Unfortunately, our all-day Transportation and Infrastructure Committee mark-up has gone longer than expected so we are going to have to postpone our telephone town hall until Monday, February 22nd at 6:15pm central time. Third time’s the charm!

🚨We’ve had to reschedule tonight’s telephone town to later this week. The new time is 6:00pm CT on WEDNESDAY.🚨If you’ve ...
02/08/2021

🚨We’ve had to reschedule tonight’s telephone town to later this week. The new time is 6:00pm CT on WEDNESDAY.🚨

If you’ve already signed up to participate, there is no need to sign up again. If you haven’t and would like to be part of the call, please visit bost.house.gov/participate.

I’m hosting our first telephone town hall of 2021 on Monday at 6:00 PM central time to hear from YOU! I hope you’ll be able to join us!

📞 Monday at 6:00 PM CT
❓ What questions do you have?
📋 Sign up to participate at bost.house.gov/participate

02/08/2021

Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my colleague, Congressman Ron Wright. A true public servant and devoted family man, he will be dearly missed. Tracy and I are sending our prayers to his family and loved ones during this difficult time.

02/07/2021
Miles Davis - So What (Official Video)

February is #BlackHistoryMonth, a time to celebrate the achievements and legacies of the countless African-Americans who have helped shape the history of our country. Today, I wanted to recognize one of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis, who was born in Alton and raised in East St. Louis.

Miles Davis' official music video for 'So What'. Click to listen to Miles Davis on Spotify: http://smarturl.it/MDavisSpotify?IQid=MDSWAs featured on Kind of ...

Happy birthday to one of our nation's greatest presidents, President Ronald Reagan!
02/06/2021

Happy birthday to one of our nation's greatest presidents, President Ronald Reagan!

This week, I joined 50 of my Congressional Steel Caucus colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to continue the us...
02/05/2021

This week, I joined 50 of my Congressional Steel Caucus colleagues in urging the Biden Administration to continue the use of Section 232 steel tariffs and quotas. American steelworkers produce the building blocks of our energy, transportation, and infrastructure sectors, and it is vitally important that we ensure they can compete with foreign producers. Read our letter here ↓

Honored to announce that I will continue to serve on both House Committee on Veterans' Affairs GOP and Transportation an...
02/04/2021
BOST ANNOUNCES COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE 117TH CONGRESS

Honored to announce that I will continue to serve on both House Committee on Veterans' Affairs GOP and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republicans for the 117th Congress. As the lead Republican on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, it is my mission to ensure that veterans in Southern Illinois and around the nation receive the care and benefits they have earned. In addition to my work for our veterans, I will continue to be a strong advocate for Southern Illinois’ infrastructure needs. Our region is a major transportation hub for our nation, which is why it is vitally important that we rebuild our highways, roads, locks, and dams. I believe that my position on these committees will ensure that the interests of Southern Illinoisans are well-represented in Congress.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced his committee assignments for the 117th Congress. Bost will serve as the lead Republican on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and as a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. “I am honor...

I’m hosting our first telephone town hall of 2021 on Monday at 6:00 PM central time to hear from YOU! I hope you’ll be a...
02/04/2021

I’m hosting our first telephone town hall of 2021 on Monday at 6:00 PM central time to hear from YOU! I hope you’ll be able to join us!

📞 Monday at 6:00 PM CT
❓ What questions do you have?
📋 Sign up to participate at bost.house.gov/participate

In our nation’s history, only four individuals have lain in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda – Capitol Police Officers ...
02/03/2021

In our nation’s history, only four individuals have lain in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda – Capitol Police Officers Jacob Chestnut, Jr. and John Gibson, Rosa Parks, and Reverend Billy Graham. Later tonight, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick will become the fifth, a fitting tribute to his bravery and heroism.

Too many of our nation’s veterans are out of work because of COVID-19. My bill, the Veterans Economic Recovery Act, will...
02/02/2021

Too many of our nation’s veterans are out of work because of COVID-19. My bill, the Veterans Economic Recovery Act, will help give them the tools and training they need to get back on their feet.

NEW 🚨 Yesterday, Ranking Member Bost introduced the Veterans Economic Recovery Act!

This bill would create a rapid retraining program to help veterans, members of the Guard, and Reservists impacted by #COVID19 find jobs + get back on their feet.

To learn more about H.R. 637, and to find out who would be eligible for the program this bill would create, follow the link here ➡https://republicans-veterans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/the_veterans_economic_recovery_act.pdf

RM Rep. Mike Bost full statement ⬇️

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. He also took a look at President Biden...
02/02/2021

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, predicting 6 more weeks of winter. He also took a look at President Biden’s first 2 weeks in office and predicted 4 more years of failed, job-killing policies. #GroundhogDay

01/29/2021
House Republicans

Today and every day, I’m proud to join my House Republicans colleagues to stand for life. #ProLife

House Republicans proudly stand together 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.

As Democrats double down on their radical pro-abortion agenda, we’re fighting back to be a voice for the voiceless.

PART THREE: U.S. Representative Chip Roy, Congressman Barry Loudermilk, Congressman Steve Scalise, Congressman Jim Banks, Congressman Greg Steube, Congressman Fred Keller, Rep. Diana Harshbarger, Joe Wilson, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Rep. John Moolenaar, Congressman John Joyce, Representative Kevin Hern, Representative Lisa McClain, Rep. Mike Bost, Representative Matt Rosendale, Congresswoman Mary Miller, Representative Michael Waltz, Congressman Michael Guest, Michael Burgess, Office of Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis, Rep. Rob Wittman, and Congressman Tom Cole

Today on International #HolocaustRemembranceDay, we honor the millions of innocent lives lost and resolve to share their...
01/27/2021

Today on International #HolocaustRemembranceDay, we honor the millions of innocent lives lost and resolve to share their stories to ensure that history never repeats itself. #WeRemember

Rep. Mike Bost
01/26/2021

Rep. Mike Bost

Today, I joined 199 of my House colleagues in urging Congressional leadership to #SaveHyde. The Hyde Amendment prohibits...
01/26/2021

Today, I joined 199 of my House colleagues in urging Congressional leadership to #SaveHyde. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions and has received bipartisan support for over 40 years. Yet Democrats are trying to repeal it.

Folks in the Metro East – The Belleville News-Democrat has some helpful info about COVID-19 vaccine availability.More on...
01/25/2021
Here’s where seniors can get COVID vaccine in southwest IL and how to make an appointment

Folks in the Metro East – The Belleville News-Democrat has some helpful info about COVID-19 vaccine availability.

More on who is eligible and how to sign up for an appointment ⬇️

Illinois officials have released more information about where residents can find the COVID-19 vaccine in their communities and how they go about making an appointment to get the shot.

As a father of three and grandfather of 11, I know that the love a family feels for their children begins long before th...
01/22/2021

As a father of three and grandfather of 11, I know that the love a family feels for their children begins long before that child takes their first breath on their own. Our nation is only as strong as our willingness to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Today, and every day, I am proud to stand up for life. #ProLife

This week, President Biden issued an executive order to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This EO, combined...
01/22/2021
BOST, DAVIS ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT BIDEN’S KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE EXECUTIVE ORDER

This week, President Biden issued an executive order to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. This EO, combined with other policies he is pushing, will seriously harm energy and union jobs in Southern Illinois.

More from me and Rep. Rodney Davis ⬇️

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12) and Rodney Davis (IL-13) issued the following joint statement on President Biden’s Keystone XL Pipeline executive order: “Pipelines are a safe and efficient way to transport energy, and they create good-paying jobs for communities we re...

01/20/2021

Today, our nation witnessed one of our most time-honored traditions: the peaceful transfer of power between two administrations. While I stand ready to work together on shared priorities that help Southern Illinoisans, I will never fail to fight for our conservative principles. I wish God’s blessing for President Biden and Vice President Harris on this historic day.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." As we c...
01/18/2021

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

As we continue working to heal our nation, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words are important now more than ever. Today, on #MLKDay, we celebrate his life and legacy of hope, service, and opportunity for all.

I’m proud to add a new sign to the wall outside of my office — Thank you U.S. Capitol Police. As you walk the halls of t...
01/15/2021

I’m proud to add a new sign to the wall outside of my office — Thank you U.S. Capitol Police. As you walk the halls of the House office buildings, almost every office is displaying the same sign. And the walls of the House tunnel are filled with hundreds of notes from the members and staff sharing our support and gratitude for the courageous officers of the U.S. Capitol Police. #Heroes

01/15/2021

The U.S. Capitol Police keep watch over the Capitol complex each and every day, and last Wednesday risked all to keep us safe. This week, members and staff are sharing our appreciation for their bravery in the face of danger by writing them notes that are posted in the halls. To all of our Capitol Police officers, thank you.

01/13/2021

If we are truly going to begin the work of healing the deep divisions in America, we must first turn down the temperature and tone down the rhetoric. I fear that efforts to impeach President Trump or force Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment will only make a bad situation worse. Therefore, I strongly oppose Speaker Pelosi on both tactics, which are being rushed through Congress with unprecedented speed and little opportunity for the president to defend himself. President Trump has committed to a peaceful transition of power one week from today; and we would all be best served by dedicating that short time to making the process as seamless as possible.

This #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay, I am incredibly thankful for the U.S. Capitol Police who kept us safe this week as ...
01/09/2021

This #LawEnforcementAppreciationDay, I am incredibly thankful for the U.S. Capitol Police who kept us safe this week as well as all of our Southern Illinois law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities. To all of our men and women in blue, thank you.

01/08/2021

The U.S. Capitol Police go to work every day knowing they may be putting themselves in harm's way to keep visitors, staff, and members of Congress safe on Capitol grounds. I am deeply saddened to hear that Officer Brian Sicknick has passed away as a result of injuries sustained on Wednesday. My prayers go out to his family and the entire U.S. Capitol Police community that protects this hallowed institution. We must find those responsible for this senseless violence and hold them accountable.

01/07/2021

As a United States representative, I swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, no matter how difficult or divisive the issue at hand. And when it comes to certifying a state’s electoral votes, the Constitution is clear: state legislatures set the rules for states in conducting their elections. However, that simply was not the case in certain states in 2020.

Two states in particular, Pennsylvania and Arizona, faced objections in the House and Senate to their electoral vote allocations, prompting floor votes in both chambers. I voted to object to the electoral votes of both states because, in my belief, they failed to meet that constitutional standard. The deeply troubling scenes at the U.S. Capitol yesterday indicate the intense distrust that many Americans have towards the election process. If we have any hope of restoring that faith and healing the deep divisions in our country, our efforts must be rooted in constitutional principles and fair elections.

01/06/2021

I wanted to let everyone back home know that I am safe. Americans cherish our right to free speech and peaceful protest. But what’s happening in our nation’s capital is not just unacceptable, it’s un-American. Please pray for peace and the safety of our brave law enforcement officers and first responders.

At the start of each new Congress, the House votes on rules and procedures for the upcoming term. For over a century, th...
01/05/2021
House Democrats Plan to Silence Members of Congress to Protect Their Political Careers - House Republican Leader

At the start of each new Congress, the House votes on rules and procedures for the upcoming term. For over a century, that has included granting the minority party a “Motion to Recommit,” which represents one last chance for the minority party to amend a bill on the House floor before final passage. However, Speaker Pelosi broke with that tradition today, changing the rules to eliminate the MTR in its current form. She knows Democrats have the smallest majority in the House since 1893, and instead of trying to unify her party she is attempting to silence Republicans. She can’t win on policy, so she is rigging the process instead.

As Schoolhouse Rock taught us, legislation is rarely perfect–especially when a bill is first introduced. That’s why amendments are made throughout the process on Capitol Hill–from the time of drafting, to marking-up in committees, to passage out of the House of Representatives. And at each ste...

Two of my grandchildren, Stanley and Lydia, are in DC today for my swearing in. At the beginning of each Congress, membe...
01/03/2021

Two of my grandchildren, Stanley and Lydia, are in DC today for my swearing in. At the beginning of each Congress, members are given a new member pin, which Stanley helped pin on my jacket this morning. I’m honored to represent Southern Illinois for another term and am excited for the work ahead!

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