Jerry F. Costello (Illinois)

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Jerry F. Costello
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U.S. House, Illinois, District 12
Retired member
In office
August 9, 1988-January 3, 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1988
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
St. Clair County Board
High schoolAssumption High School
AssociateSouthwestern Illinois College, Associates Degree
Bachelor'sMaryville College of the Sacred Heart
Date of birthSeptember 25, 1949
Place of birthEast St. Louis, Illinois
ProfessionLaw Enforcement Officer
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Jerry Francis Costello (b. September 25, 1949) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Costello was elected by voters from Illinois' 12th congressional district.

Costello did not seek re-election in 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Costello was a "centrist Democratic follower".[2]


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Costello was born in East St. Louis, Illinois. He earned an A.A. from Southwestern Illinois College in 1971, and a B.A. from Maryville University in 1973.[3]


  • Prior to 1980:[3]
    • St. Clair County, Illinois: Court Bailiff, Deputy Sheriff, and Director of Court Services and Probation.
    • Chief Investigator for the Illinois State Attorney’s office

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Costello served on the following committees:[4]


Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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.[5]



See also: Illinois' 12th congressional district elections, 2012

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012

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." [6] William Enyart (D) defeated Jason Plummer (R) and Paula Bradshaw (G) in the general election.


On November 2, 2010, Costello won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Teri Newman (R) and Rodger Jennings (Green) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois's 12th Congressional District, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJerry F. Costello Incumbent 59.8% 121,272
     Republican Teri Newman 36.5% 74,046
     Green Rodger Jennings 3.6% 7,387
Total Votes 202,705

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Costello's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Costello won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Costello's campaign committee raised a total of $1,351,182 and spent $1,420,274 .[8]


Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[9]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[10]

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.[11]

Political Positions

Percentage 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.[12]

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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. [3] They all reside in the Belleville area.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Melvin Price
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 12
Succeeded by
William Enyart (D)
Preceded by
St. Clair County Board, Illinois
Succeeded by