Bost to represent Illinois’ 12th Congressional District

Bost to represent Illinois 12th Congressional District

By Jack Robinson

With 100 percent of precincts reported, the 12th Illinois Congressional District will have a Republican representative for the the first time since 1993.

State Rep. Mike Bost, will take the seat in Washington, marking an end to the 21-year Democratic reign in the U.S. House of Representatives. Bost’s lead stood at 11 percentage points and he won by a margin of more than 22,000 votes. The incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart is the runner-up and independent Paula Bradshaw rounded out the election. Bost declined to speak with the media after his victory speech.

Bost vowed to improve agriculture and energy independence, create a more efficient healthcare system and limit government spending, according to his website.


“Money doesn’t grow on trees but those in Washington often think it does. For too long, legislators went to Washington with a focus of how much to spend instead of what to cut,” according to his website. “Because of that mindset, federal spending is out-of-control with growing deficits that place the burden on future generations.”

Bost, of Murphysboro, represented the 115th District in the Illinois General Assembly since 1995. Bost is a graduate of Murphysboro High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1982, when he received an honorable discharge. Bost attended the University of Illinois Certified Firefighter II Academy, then worked as a firefighter for the Murphysboro Fire Department after his service in the Marines.

He started his career in public policy as a write-in candidate for Jackson County Board and won. He served as a Trustee for Murphysboro Township and also was the Murphysboro City Treasurer for one term. After he served as trustee, Bost grew tired of Illinois politics and wanted to step in and make changes himself. Bost ran for state representative in the 115th District in 1994 and has held the office since. Terri Bryant won the 2014 election over challenger Bill Kilquist to fill Bost’s seat in the Illinois General Assembly.

Bradshaw represented the Green Party. Bradshaw ran in 2012 against Enyart and Republican Jason Plummer only to receive 5.6 percent of the vote. Her platforms included job creation and reducing climate change effects.

Enyart, of Tuscola, has served in Congress since 2013, after he left his job as Adjutant General for the Illinois National Guard. Before Enyart served in the U.S. Air Force but left active duty in 1975 to pursue his degree in political science and journalism at SIU-Edwardsville. After working for the Belleville News-Democrat, Enyart enrolled in the SIU School of Law, then started his own practice before taking the job as Adjutant General.

Enyart conceded the race during a press conference at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville. He declined to speak to the media after his concession speech.

 Information is up to date as of 12:35 a.m. Nov. 5.