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Mike Bost
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 12
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorWilliam Enyart (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$11.74 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$3,502,567
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois House of Representatives
District 115
1995-2014
Treasurer, Murphysboro Township
1989-1992
Education
High schoolMurphysboro High School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1979-1982
Personal
Date of birthDecember 30, 1960
Place of birthMurphysboro, IL
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Mike Bost (b. December 30, 1960) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives. He represents the 12th Congressional District of Illinois.[1] He defeated incumbent William Enyart (D) and challenger Paula Bradshaw (G) in the general election.[2] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[3] The National Journal correctly predicted the district was likely to flip Republican in the general election on November 6, 2014.[4]

Previously, Bost was member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 115 from 1995 to 2014.

Bost's professional experience includes owning a business. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 to 1982.

Biography

Bost was born and raised in Murphysboro, Illinois. He graduated from Murphysboro High School in 1979 and enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. He served from 1979 to 1982 as a trained electronic specialist and radar repairman. He received an honorable discharge as a Corporal E-4.

After leaving the marine corps, Bost moved back to Murphysboro. From 1984 to 1988, he began his political career by serving on the Jackson County Board. Shortly after, he was elected as Treasurer of Murphysboro Township from 1989 to 1992. In 1993, he became a certified firefighter at the University of Illinois Firefighter Academy.

Bost became a Trustee of Murphysboro in 1993 and left the position in 1995 after he was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives. Bost worked 13 years at Bost Trucking Service up until his election to the Illinois legislature. He spent six terms as a state representative while still serving as a firefighter.

After being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Bost still resides primarily in Murphysboro with his wife, Tracy. They own a small business called the "White House Salon."[5]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Bost's academic, professional and political career:[6]

  • 2015-Present: U.S Representative from Illinois' 12th Congressional District
  • 1995-2015: Illinois State House of Representatives, District 115
  • 1993-1995: Trustee of Murphysboro Township
  • 1993: Certified Firefighter II Academy, University of Illinois
  • 1989-1992: Treasurer of Murphysboro Township
  • 1984-1988: Jackson County Board
  • 1972-1982: United States Marine Corps

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Bost serves on the following committees:[7]

Illinois House

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bost served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Higher Education
Bio-Technology
Higher Education
Public Utilities

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bost served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bost served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Bost's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • Improving Agriculture: "Agriculture is another key industry that Mike believes the government should support and further develop. Throughout his career in the Illinois State House, Mike has fought to keep property taxes and equipment taxes low in an effort to support the farm industry. He will bring that same type of philosophy as a Member of Congress."
  • Moving Toward Energy Independence : "For too long, we have lacked a long-term energy plan. It’s time to stop talking about the need to becoming more energy independent and start working on an agenda, in a bipartisan manner, to actually move us closer to it. Mike believes that America can and should be energy independent, and that a focus on exploration, innovation and technology are the keys to harnessing our own natural resources."
  • Accessible & Affordable Healthcare: "Obamacare is more than a broken website. The website was just the tip of the iceberg and as the full implementation of Obamacare continues to roll out. Mike Bost believes that individuals, families and small businesses understand their health care needs better than government bureaucrats. We can agree with the provisions of allowing younger Americans to remain on their parent’s insurance, banning insurance companies from denying pre-existing condition and removing lifetime caps however, it does not mean Obamacare is the right answer as it fails to address the affordability of quality health care."
  • Moving Our Economy Forward: "With more and more people living paycheck to paycheck, Mike would advocate for policies that promotes economic growth and be an strong advocate for working Americans. Instead of hindering job creation with an overly complicated tax system and government overregulation, we should promote policies that allow the entrepreneurial spirit to flourish."
  • Reining in Government Spending: "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.” Because of that mindset, federal spending is out-of-control with growing deficits that place the burden on future generations."

[9]

—Mike Bost's campaign website, http://www.bostforcongress.com/issues/

Elections

2014

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See also: Illinois' 12th Congressional District elections, 2014

Illinois' 12th Congressional District was a battleground district in 2014 due to the fact that the district had nearly even numbers of registered Democratic and Republican voters. Both incumbent William Enyart (D) and Mike Bost (R) advanced through their primaries with no challenge. They faced off in the general election on November 4, 2014, along with Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw.[3]

Bost said that he ran because "the federal government has basically blown everything they are doing right now." He explained that he intended to fight for job growth and immigration reform.[10]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Bost to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[11][12]

U.S. House, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Bill Enyart Incumbent 41.9% 87,860
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Bost 52.5% 110,038
     Green Paula Bradshaw 5.6% 11,840
Total Votes 209,738
Source: Illinois Secretary of State Official Results

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bost won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 115. Bost was unopposed in the March 20 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[13][14][15]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 115, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Bost Incumbent 100% 37,192
Total Votes 37,192


2010

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Bost won re-election to the 115th District seat against Green Party candidate Charlie Howe. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on February 2. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[16]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 115 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Bost (R) 22,820 74.43%
Charlie Howe (G) 7,839 25.57%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Republican Mike Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 115 receiving 26,506 votes, ahead of Democrat Cheryl Graff (16,515 votes) and Green candidate Charlie Howe (3,041 votes).[17]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 115 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Bost (R) 26,506
Cheryl Graff (D) 16,515
Charlie Howe (G) 3,041

2006

On November 7, 2006, Republican Mike Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 115 receiving 23,289 votes ahead of Charlie Howe (Green) who received 6,620 votes.[18]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 115 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Bost (R) 23,289
Charlie Howe (G) 6,620

1994

Bost was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in November 1994. In his campaign against incumbent Gerald Hawkins, he was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune.[19]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Bost is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Bost raised a total of $3,502,567 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 24, 2013.[20]

Mike Bost's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Illinois, District 12) Won $1,319,176
2012 Illinois State House, District 115 Won $158,241
2010 Illinois State House, District 115 Won $200,067
2008 Illinois State House, District 115 Won $182,108
2006 Illinois State House, District 115 Won $150,487
2004 Illinois State House, District 115 Won $130,219
2002 Illinois State House, District 115 Won $206,667
2000 Illinois State House, District 115 Won $176,509
1998 Illinois State House, District 115 Won $508,318
1996 Illinois State House, District 115 Won $470,775
Grand Total Raised $3,502,567

2014

Bost won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Bost's campaign committee raised a total of $1,319,176 and spent $1,291,882.[21] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[22]

Cost per vote

Bost spent $11.74 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Illinois District 12, 2014 - Mike Bost Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,319,176
Total Spent $1,291,882
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,993,036
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,968,427
Top contributors to Mike Bost's campaign committee
Maclean-Fogg Co$23,400
Exelon Corp$12,100
Diederich Insurance Agency$10,400
Knight Hawk Coal$10,300
American Assn of Orthodontists$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$207,825
Retired$69,005
Candidate Committees$58,000
Health Professionals$50,700
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$33,350

Below are Bost' FEC reports.[23]

2012

Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Bost raised a total of $158,241.

2010

Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Bost raised a total of $200,067.

2008

Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Bost raised a total of $182,108.

2006

Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Bost raised a total of $150,487.

2004

Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Bost raised a total of $130,219.

2002

Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Bost raised a total of $206,667.

2000

Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Bost raised a total of $176,509.

1998

Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Bost raised a total of $508,318.

1996

Bost won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1996. During that election cycle, Bost raised a total of $470,775.

Scorecards

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Illinois scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[29]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."

2013

In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[30]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[31][32]

2012

Bost received a score of 50.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of D- according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 55th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[32]

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References

  1. The Southern Illinoisian, "Bost to make 12th District run official Monday" accessed July 30, 2013
  2. Politico, "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. IVN, "Large Percentage of Undecided Voters in IL-12 Leaves Election a Toss-Up," accessed 7/12/14
  5. Bost for Congress, "About," accessed February 3, 2015
  6. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Mike Bost," accessed January 26, 2015
  7. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  8. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 15, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. The Southern Illinoisan, "Murphysboro state legislator says it’s time," July 27, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar,’" accessed November 21, 2013
  12. NRCC Young Guns, "List," accessed March 20, 2014
  13. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011
  14. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014
  15. Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed January 18, 2013
  16. Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois Official 2010 General Election Results," November 2, 2010
  17. Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2008," November 4, 2008
  18. Illinois Elections Division, "Illinois House of Representatives official election results for 2006," November 4, 2006
  19. Chicago Tribune, "Final Illinois House Endorsements," October 21, 1994
  20. followthemoney.org, "Bost, Mike," accessed July 24, 2013
  21. Open Secrets, "Mike Bost 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 6, 2015
  22. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 6, 2015
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Mike Bost 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 6, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 6, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 3, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed May 14, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 12, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  29. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  30. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  31. Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
  32. 32.0 32.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
William Enyart
Illinois' 12th Congressional District
2015-Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
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Illinois House of Representatives District 115
1995–2014
Succeeded by
Terri Bryant (R)