The new Congress was sworn in Tuesday in Washington, and it includes an Illinois member who came with a reputation based on a video everyone is viewing and talking about.
It was in 2012 that U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro), then a state representative, went on a rant on the Illinois House floor that included batting a bill into the air. Roll Call, the newspaper at the Capitol, included the video for all who hadn’t yet seen it to see it now.
Asked if he’ll bring that passion to Congress, Bost didn’t flinch: “If you do something to violate the Constitution, I’m gonna get upset, and I’ll be passionate about it. You do something to violate the rights of those people that have sent me here (Washington) to vote, or there (Springfield) to vote, and I am not getting the opportunity to vote in the manner that is set forth correctly, then you’re gonna see me get upset,” he said.
Bost insists he’ll stand up to Republican leadership if need be.
The entire House was sworn in today. The only other “new” member from Illinois is Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth), who was previously elected in 2010, un-elected in 2012 and re-elected in November to this term.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also was sworn in to a fourth term in the Senate.