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|
|Associate's||Southwestern Illinois College, Associates Degree|
|Bachelor's||Maryville College of the Sacred Heart|
|Birthday||September 25, 1949|
|Place of birth||East St. Louis, Illinois|
|Profession||Law Enforcement Officer|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Personal Gain Index
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Recent news
- 10 Personal
- 11 External links
- 12 References
- 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 who 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, Illinois District 12 General Election, 2010|
|Democratic||Jerry F. Costello Incumbent||59.8%||121,272|
|U.S. House, Illinois District 12, 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|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The K-Street Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
Between 2004 and 2012, Costello's calculated net worth increased by an average of 24 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent. 
|Jerry Costello Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2004 to 2012:||194%|
|Average annual growth:||24%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
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 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.
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 in 2011.
Voting with party
Jerry F. Costello 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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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
- GovTrack, "Costello" accessed May 18, 2012
- U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello 12th District of Illinois, "Biography" accessed November 2, 2011
- 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," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Jerry F. Costello 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 2, 2011
- This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- OpenSecrets, "Costello, (D-Illinois), 2010"
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- LegiStorm, "Jerry Costello"
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
|U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 12
| Succeeded by|
William Enyart (D)
|St. Clair County Board, Illinois
| Succeeded by|
State of Illinois
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