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Jerry F. Costello
Jerry F. Costello.jpg
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
Associate'sSouthwestern 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, IL. 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 who 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, Illinois District 12 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]

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
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:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Between 2004 and 2012, Costello's calculated net worth[9] 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.[10] [11]

Jerry Costello Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:194%
Average annual growth:24%[12]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[13]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


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 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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

Recent news

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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]

External links


  1. Chicago Sun Times, "Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Ill.) will not seek re-election," October 4, 2011
  2. GovTrack, "Costello" accessed May 18, 2012
  3. 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. 4.0 4.1 Congressman Jerry F. Costello 12th District of Illinois, "Committees/Caucuses" accessed November 2, 2011
  5. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  6. New York Times, "Redistricting and Increased Partisanship Fuel House Departures," January 23, 2012
  7. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  8. Open Secrets, "Jerry F. Costello 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 2, 2011
  9. 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).
  10. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  11. OpenSecrets, "Costello, (D-Illinois), 2010"
  12. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  13. 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.
  14. LegiStorm, "Jerry Costello"
  15. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  16. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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