Jerry F. Costello
|Jerry F. Costello|
|U.S. House, Illinois, District 12|
|August 9, 1988-January 3, 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|St. Clair County Board|
|High school||Assumption High School|
|Bachelor's||Maryville College of the Sacred Heart|
|Associate's||Southwestern Illinois College, Associates Degree|
|Birthday||September 25, 1949|
|Place of birth||East St. Louis, Illinois|
|Profession||Law Enforcement Officer|
- 1988-2013: United States House of Representatives, Illinois' 12th congressional district
- 1980-1988: St. Clair County Board, Chairman, County Executive
- Prior to 1980:
- St. Clair County, Illinois: Court Bailiff, Deputy Sheriff, and Director of Court Services and Probation.
- Chief Investigator for the Illinois State Attorney’s office
U.S. House of Representatives
Costello served on the following committees:
- United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
- United States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation (Ranking member)
- Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Costello voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.
Costello did not seek re-election in 2012, citing a frustration with Congress. "The fact is, I could stay and collect a paycheck. But my nature has always been having a goal in mind and getting things done. In Congress, very little is getting done these days and I don’t see that changing in the near future."  William Enyart (D) defeated Jason Plummer (R) and Paula Bradshaw (G) in the general election.
|U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois's 12th Congressional District, 2010 - Jerry F. Costello Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$0|
|Top contributors to Jerry F. Costello's campaign committee|
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,600|
|Air Line Pilots Assn||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Building Trade Unions||$61,500|
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Costello paid his congressional staff a total of $924,602 in 2011. He ranked 36th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Representative Staff Salaries and he ranked 171st overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranked 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Costello's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $195,005 and $500,000. That averages to $347,502.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2010 of $4,465,875.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Costello ranked 173rd in the liberal rankings.
Voting with party
The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Jerry F. Costello has voted with the Democratic Party 78 of the time, which ranked 174 among the 192 House Democratic members as of November 2011.
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- Bill increasing speed limit to 70 mph zips through Illinois House, goes to ... - Belleville News Democrat
- Editorial: The obstructionists, Part 4 - Chicago Tribune
- Illinois Gay Marriage, Concealed Carry Bills Among Issues Lawmakers Looking ... - Huffington Post
- Concealed Carry Bill Passes Illinois House; Quinn Vows To Stop It - Chicagoist
- Illinois lawmakers OK new version of concealed-carry; bill goes to governor - Belleville News Democrat
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- Theater to See in LA This Week: Our Hollywood Fringe Preview - LA Weekly (blog)
- The PI Week In Review - Progress Illinois
- Noel Mengel's revised top 50 albums of rock'n'roll era - Courier Mail
- Cincinnati IRS employee: Washington was 'basically throwing us underneath the ... - Daily Caller
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Costello is married to Dr. Georgia Cockrum Costello and has three children: Jerry II (Lori), Gina, and John Patrick (Lindsay); eight grandchildren: John "Jay" Sinovic, Austin, Rorey and Ireland Keen, Jerry III, Victoria, and Georgia Danielle Costello, and John Patrick Costello, Jr.  They all reside in the Belleville area.
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- ↑ Chicago Sun Times "Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) will not seek re-election," October 4, 2011
- ↑ Gov Track "Costello" Accessed May 18, 2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello 12th District of Illinois "Biography" Accessed November 2, 2011
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Congressman Jerry F. Costello 12th District of Illinois "Committees/Caucuses" Accessed November 2, 2011
- ↑ U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- ↑ New York Times "Redistricting and Increased Partisanship Fuel House Departures," January 23, 2012
- ↑ U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
- ↑ Open Secrets "Jerry F. Costello 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 2, 2011
- ↑ LegiStorm "Jerry Costello"
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Costello, (D-Illinois), 2010"
- ↑ National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- ↑ Open Congress "Voting With Party"
|U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 12
| Succeeded by|
William Enyart (D)
|St. Clair County Board, Illinois
| Succeeded by|
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