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.

Suite 1440 in the Longworth House Building has been our office in D.C. from day one. In 2015, my family traveled to Wash...
11/20/2020

Suite 1440 in the Longworth House Building has been our office in D.C. from day one. In 2015, my family traveled to Washington and watched my swearing in ceremony in this office. We welcomed constituents, hosted countless meetings, and celebrated bills being signed into law here. Today is bittersweet, as we pack up and begin the process of moving into a new office on the Hill. One thing won't change though: we're still excited to have you stop by when you visit our nation's capital in 2021!

11/17/2020

In honor of the U.S. Marine Corps’ 245th birthday last week, Marines stationed at the barracks in Washington, D.C. baked cakes for Marine members of Congress. While it doesn’t fit into my keto diet, it looked too good to not have a slice (or two). Thank you to Brigadier General Robert C. Fulford and Colonel Maura M. Hennigan for dropping it off at my office today! #SemperFi

REMINDER: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program...
11/12/2020
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 | Farmers.gov: Resources for Farmers and Producers

REMINDER: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still accepting applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for farmers impacted by COVID-19. The application deadline is next month – DECEMBER 11, 2020. Visit farmers.gov/cfap for more info.

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 will provide direct relief to eligible producers who have suffered losses due to COVID-19.

One of the greatest honors I have as a member of Congress is the opportunity to present our Southern Illinois veterans a...
11/12/2020

One of the greatest honors I have as a member of Congress is the opportunity to present our Southern Illinois veterans and their families with medals they have received for their service. This afternoon, I was honored to present the family of Carmine Liscio with several medals he received for his service in WWII and the Korean War – including a Purple Heart – the oldest military award given to members of our Armed Forces who were wounded or killed while serving our nation. Carmine, thank you for your service, sacrifice, and for fighting to defend freedom around the world. #GreatestGeneration

11/11/2020

Adam Krack of Red Bud shared the story of his father, Jerome. Jerome served in the Army from 1973 to 1976 at Ft. Leonard Wood with the 5th Engineer Battalion and then in Bad Kreuznach, Germany with Headquarters Company, 8th Infantry Division, 5th ENG. Serving during the Cold War and Vietnam, Jerome operated and maintained the radios for the command of the 8th Infantry Division, ensuring that American lines of communication in Europe operated without interruption from the Soviet Union and its allies.

Adam described his dad as a “proud American and veteran,” and we want to thank him and all of our Southern Illinois veterans for all they have done to keep the United States of America free!

11/11/2020

Freda Broadway from Benton wrote in about her family’s long history of service to our nation – starting with the Civil War, and lasting through WWII and Vietnam. Her brothers Dennis (Air Force), Norman (Army), William Albert (Army), and Jack (Marine Corps) Fowler each served for four years in the 1950s and 60s with William Albert deployed to the DMZ in Korea and Jack in Vietnam. Jack served 2 tours in Vietnam – 30 months total – volunteering to re-enlist so that William Albert, his younger brother, wouldn’t have to deploy.

Freda, the president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 280 in Benton, shared this message for her brothers as well as all of our nation’s veterans: “Veterans Day is a day to remember our living veterans, past present and future. I am thankful for them and others every day. They gave up so much for us and the least we can do is honor them for their service. Unit 280 displays our American Flag, with the help of the BCHS cheerleaders, in honor of all our veterans. We thank them for their service and long may our flag wave.” Well said, Freda! Thank you to the Fowler brothers for your service!

11/11/2020

Earlier this week, we asked Southern Illinoisans to submit stories and memories about veterans in their lives so that we could share them with all of you today.

Our first veteran spotlight today is Charles Ray of Granite City, who was nominated by his daughter, Jennifer. A Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, Charles served from 1971-1977 with the 131st Civil Engineer Squadron, MO Air National Guard, and was part of a quick response team for the squadron.

Jennifer said that he loved every minute of his time in the Air Force, adding that “he is my role model and instills all of his knowledge and experience with me. I love you dad.” Thank you, Charles, for your service!

Every member of the United States military takes an oath to support and defend the United States Constitution – the foun...
11/11/2020

Every member of the United States military takes an oath to support and defend the United States Constitution – the foundation of a bond that American service members share regardless of branch, rank, station, or era. While we may have limited opportunities to gather together this Veterans Day, we are no less grateful for our nation’s heroes. To the 55,000 that call Southern Illinois home, thank you for your service and sacrifice. Happy Veterans Day!
https://thesouthern.com/opinion/columnists/guest-view-mike-bost-honoring-and-serving-veterans/article_249e1dbb-ac4c-51b9-bcc2-639bd1544efc.html

11/10/2020

Wishing a happy 245th birthday to my brothers and sisters in the U.S. Marine Corps! #SemperFi

11/09/2020

Are you a Southern Illinois veteran who wants to share a personal story of service? Do you have a loved one or friend who served their nation proudly? We would love if you shared your story!

Since COVID-19 restrictions have limited our opportunities to gather together this Veterans Day, we’ve created a space for folks to share their memories, videos, photos, and thank you messages for Southern Illinois veterans. Visit https://bit.ly/BostVetsDayStories to participate – we will share some of the submissions on Veterans Day!

I support President Trump's efforts to ensure that all legal votes are counted; and I know that many Southern Illinoisan...
11/08/2020

I support President Trump's efforts to ensure that all legal votes are counted; and I know that many Southern Illinoisans agree. The very foundation of our democracy is built upon the fairness and integrity of our elections. So while Joe Biden and his supporters celebrate, our work continues. And should the end result not be in our favor, a Republican Senate majority and a growing Republican presence in the House will be there to check the liberal impulses of the new administration whenever it goes too far to appease the wishes of Nancy Pelosi and The Squad.

Wrapped up our Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour in Scheller at John Kabat’s farm to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on ...
10/30/2020

Wrapped up our Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour in Scheller at John Kabat’s farm to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the pork industry and increasing local food markets. Thanks to all of the farmers and producers who met with us this week!

The next stop on our Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour was Flamm Orchards in Cobden where we had a productive discussio...
10/29/2020

The next stop on our Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour was Flamm Orchards in Cobden where we had a productive discussion on several topics including crop insurance for apples.

I visited with Tom Miller from Marion on Tuesday as part of my Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour. We talked about assis...
10/29/2020

I visited with Tom Miller from Marion on Tuesday as part of my Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour. We talked about assistance for livestock producers impacted by COVID-19.

For years, many family farms have been crushed by the estate tax – something I discussed with Paul Bickel at his Lenzbur...
10/28/2020

For years, many family farms have been crushed by the estate tax – something I discussed with Paul Bickel at his Lenzburg farm during my Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour. I was proud to vote for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which helped ease the burden on many family farms.

Every day our firefighters, police, and EMS personnel run toward danger to save lives. Today, on National First Responde...
10/28/2020

Every day our firefighters, police, and EMS personnel run toward danger to save lives. Today, on National First Responders Day, please join me in thanking these Southern Illinois heroes!

Despite the rain and cold, our Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour continues on! I visited Agritech Acres in Coulterville...
10/28/2020

Despite the rain and cold, our Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour continues on! I visited Agritech Acres in Coulterville to discuss agriculture labor and get a firsthand look at the work they are doing.

As a member of House Ag GOP, one of my top priorities is fighting for our Southern Illinois farmers. During the next sto...
10/27/2020

As a member of House Ag GOP, one of my top priorities is fighting for our Southern Illinois farmers. During the next stop on my Southern Illinois Agriculture Tour at the Kinzinger Farm in New Athens, I provided an update on my recent work and we discussed the issues they face. Hearing directly from our farmers allows me to relay their concerns to my colleagues in Washington.

This week, I’m doing an Agriculture Tour where I am visiting several farmers and producers across Southern Illinois to s...
10/27/2020

This week, I’m doing an Agriculture Tour where I am visiting several farmers and producers across Southern Illinois to see how harvest is going and discuss the issues that are important to them. Yesterday, I stopped at Braeutigam Orchards in Belleville where I met with Tom Range to discuss the importance of crop insurance. Braeutigam is famous for their annual Pumpkin Fest, but did you know that Tom and his son Kurt are the sixth and seventh generations to run the farm?

I am pleased to see the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court tonight. She is an extreme...
10/27/2020

I am pleased to see the Senate’s confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court tonight. She is an extremely qualified jurist and will be an excellent Supreme Court Justice.

Excited to report that President Donald J. Trump signed my bipartisan bill, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Ad...
10/23/2020
BOST VETERANS BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Excited to report that President Donald J. Trump signed my bipartisan bill, the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, into law this week. This legislation will provide a vitally important cost-of-living adjustment for our nation’s veterans, many of whom depend on their benefits to pay for food and medicine. I’m pleased the President took this important step to ensure they receive the benefits they have earned.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, today announced that President Trump has signed the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (H.R. 6168) into law. This bipartisan bill, int...

Last fall, O’Fallon Girl Scout Gretel Ulmer helped save the life of one of her neighbors when she was out selling candy....
10/23/2020

Last fall, O’Fallon Girl Scout Gretel Ulmer helped save the life of one of her neighbors when she was out selling candy. This afternoon, I was honored to attend a ceremony where she was awarded the Girl Scouts’ Medal of Honor for her heroism. In addition, I presented her with a certificate of congressional recognition and Mayor Herb Roach declared October 22 Gretel Ulmer Day. Congratulations Gretel!

You can read more about her heroism here ↓
https://www.theintelligencer.com/news/article/Girl-Scout-wins-Medal-of-Honor-for-saving-15647128.php

Small businesses are the backbone of our Southern Illinois economy. I’m honored to receive NFIB’s Guardian of Small Busi...
10/20/2020

Small businesses are the backbone of our Southern Illinois economy. I’m honored to receive NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Award and will keep fighting to ensure our small businesses get the help they need to recover from the COVID-19 shutdown. #smallbizguardian

10/20/2020

Over the weekend, the Jackson County Health Department cleared me to end my quarantine. I am feeling good and getting fully back to work today. Looking forward to seeing folks across Southern Illinois in the coming days!

This morning, I hosted a Women in Agriculture call with several of our Southern Illinois female industry stakeholders. W...
10/19/2020

This morning, I hosted a Women in Agriculture call with several of our Southern Illinois female industry stakeholders. We discussed the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, ethanol, and trade, and they gave me an update on how harvest is going.

10/15/2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: I am happy to report that all of the staff I’ve interacted with closely in recent days has tested negative for COVID-19. Everyone on the team is feeling good and is symptom free. As for me and Tracy, we continue our recovery at home and should be good to go once our quarantine ends.

It was great to virtually meet Southern Illinois University School of Law Dean Camille Davidson this morning. I’m lookin...
10/14/2020

It was great to virtually meet Southern Illinois University School of Law Dean Camille Davidson this morning. I’m looking forward to meeting in person in the near future!

COVID-19 has shown how much the digital divide impacts farmers, schools, and businesses in our rural communities. This a...
10/13/2020

COVID-19 has shown how much the digital divide impacts farmers, schools, and businesses in our rural communities. This afternoon, I joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Congressman John Shimkus, and Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert for a virtual press conference to announce that two Southern Illinois co-ops have received over $46 million in USDA ReConnect loans and grants. These vitally important funds will be used to provide high-speed broadband internet to over 20,000 people, including many in Williamson and Franklin Counties.

It was great to join the Scott Air Force Base chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association for their monthly meeting t...
10/13/2020

It was great to join the Scott Air Force Base chapter of the Air Force Sergeants Association for their monthly meeting this morning to discuss my work on important issues like disability benefits, burn pits, and veteran suicide. Thanks for having me!

10/12/2020

Wanted to reach out and thank everyone for the thousands of well wishes and prayers I have received since announcing my COVID-19 diagnosis last week. Here’s a quick update on how Tracy and I are doing.

10/09/2020

I learned last night that I have tested positive for COVID-19. Despite taking my temperature regularly and having no evidence of a fever, I experienced a mild cough and a rapid loss of both taste and smell and recognized it was important to get tested immediately.

My staff and I have consulted with Congress' Office of the Attending Physician for additional guidance and any staff I've been in close contact with will quarantine until receiving their own test results. We are also beginning the process of reaching out to any constituents I've met with in recent days.

I am postponing my public event schedule but will continue conducting virtual meetings as I isolate at home. We are taking this situation seriously and will continue to serve the people of Southern Illinois while doing our best to ensure their health and safety. I will provide additional updates in the days ahead and am anxious to get back to work as soon as I make a full recovery.

Recently, SCF Marine and America’s Central Port District in Granite City were awarded a $20 million U.S. Department of T...
10/08/2020

Recently, SCF Marine and America’s Central Port District in Granite City were awarded a $20 million U.S. Department of Transportation BUILD Grant to make critical infrastructure investments. I was thrilled to visit this week and see how this money is going to be used to revamp local ports and grow our Metro East economy. There are big plans ahead! Thanks to Paul Wellhausen and Dennis Wilmsmeyer for the tours!

This morning, I joined Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Pembrook, Rep. Rodney Davis, and local offic...
10/06/2020

This morning, I joined Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Chancellor Pembrook, Rep. Rodney Davis, and local officials for a press conference to announce that SIUE has received a $1.5 million Department of Labor Economic Recovery grant. This funding will be used to help ensure that folks who are out of work because of the COVID-19 shutdown have the skills needed to pursue careers in scientific fields. Perhaps the next scientific breakthrough will come from right here in the Metro East!

One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. We must continue working to find a cure and c...
10/05/2020

One in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. We must continue working to find a cure and change these statistics – for our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends. Earlier this year, I led nearly 200 of my House colleagues in urging the Appropriations Committee to provide funding for the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, which has led the way in the fight to end breast cancer since 1992. #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth

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