Mike Bost


A second democrat has jumped into the race to oust republican Mike Bost as the U.S. Representative from the 12th congressional district.

Former SIU administrator Ray Lenzi officially launched his campaign on Thursday evening in front of around 30 supporters at Carbondale City Hall.


Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost took to the U.S. House floor Tuesday to continue his fight for federal funding to repair the Len Small Levee in Alexander County.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost has introduced legislation to establish national park status for Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.


Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost will introduce a resolution in Congress later this week recognizing the historic, cultural, and political significance of the 13-star "Betsy Ross Flag."

The flag, which according to legend was designed and presented to General George Washington by seamstress and flag maker Betsy Ross, was adopted by the Continental Congress as the nation's first flag in 1777.

Congressman Mike Bost's office

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost honored fallen firefighter Kody Vanfossan of Christopher in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.

Illinois Capital Bill Faces Bumpy Road

May 6, 2019

1929 was a busy year.

The first car radio is made, sunglasses were invented, Switzerland invented the chainsaw, London installed the first public telephone booth, the first Academy Awards honoring film industry achievement were given out, and Popeye sailed into comic strips.

Locally, after two years of construction, the US 60/62 bridge opened over the Mississippi River connecting Illinois and Missouri.

Congressman Mike Bost's office

Murphysboro republican Congressman Mike Bost and Florida democrat Al Lawson introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to try to help America's agriculture industry.

Congressman Mike Bost's office

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost says House democrats are going to propose a budget that does not include five billion dollars for border security.

The Murphysboro republican says he's been behind funding for border security from the start.

Congressman Mike Bost
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Incumbent Republican Mike Bost defeated Democrat Brendan Kelly to win his third term in Congress.

“I just received a call from Brendan Kelly, he has conceded the race.”

Calm Crowds For President Trump's Visit To Murphysboro

Oct 29, 2018
President Trump
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

People who came out to see President Trump in Southern Illinois this weekend say it was a positive experience.

Supporters, Opponents Gather for Presidential Visit

Oct 27, 2018
Jacob Gordon

Thousands of people converged on the Southern Illinois Airport Saturday to see and hear from President Donald Trump, and some were hoping he'd hear them, too.

A professor at John A. Logan College is circulating a petition opposing the Illinois Education Association's endorsement of 12th District Congressman Mike Bost.

The two men challenging Incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Bost in Illinois' 12th District say Washington is not working for the district.

12th Congressional District Debate - 10/23/18

Oct 23, 2018

Candidates hoping to represent Southern Illinois take center stage for the 12th Congressional District debate in the WSIU Television Studios in Carbondale, IL.

Todd Graham, SIU Debate Coach

The three candidates for Illinois' 12th Congressional District will debate Thursday, October 23 at 7:00pm on WSIU.

Southern Illinois will be visited by President Donald Trump this Saturday for a rally.

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost confirmed the visit Sunday.

Southern Illinois will play host to President Donald Trump on Saturday.

Two of the three candidates vying for Illinois 12th Congressional district squared off in a debate Tuesday night, each saying they could do a better job than the person who currently holds the position.


The political arm of the United Mine Workers of America has endorsed incumbent Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost.

The National Council of Coal Miners Political Action Committee threw its support behind the Murphysboro republican Tuesday at the Coal Miners Memorial Park in Sesser.

A southern Illinois congressional candidate is welcoming a civil rights icon to the region for a rally to get out the vote.


A southern Illinois congressional candidate spoke to reporters Wednesday about what he calls the false attacks on his record.

Twelfth district democratic nominee Brendan Kelly was joined in Belleville by law enforcement, victims' advocates and fellow prosecutors.

The St. Clair County prosecutor says the ad is misleading and plain wrong.

Kelly says southern Illinois voters deserve better.


Eight schools in Union County are receiving federal grant funds to improve school safety.

The 357-thousand dollars are awarded through the School Violence Prevention Program in the Department of Justice.

House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth are calling on Congress to strengthen federal oversight of the housing crisis in Cairo.

They testified Tuesday before a hearing of the House Financial Services Housing Subcommittee. The topic concerned the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's failed oversight of the Alexander County Housing Authority.


The U.S. House passed legislation Thursday that strengthens infrastructure at America's ports, locks, dams and waterways.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The Trump administration has proposed a major rollback in Obama-era restrictions on climate-changing emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The plan announced Tuesday gives the states more discretion in choosing how to regulate pollution from the plants.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

Two U.S. congressmen visited the Marion VA Medical Center Tuesday as part of a Veterans Listening Tour.

Congressman Mike Bost of Murphysboro hosted House Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Phil Roe from Tennessee to learn more about the effort to reform hiring practices at the facility.

U.S. Steel Corp.

President Donald Trump will be visiting a Metro East steel mill that is boosting production as he faces opposition to his imposition of tariffs in international trade disputes.

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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost Thursday recognized a local World War I veteran on the House floor.

Bost says July 19 marks the 100th anniversary of Private Paul Stout's death when the Murphysboro man served on the front lines in France.


The democratic nominee in the 12th congressional district is out with a plan he calls Saving Southern Illinois.
Brendan Kelly says it's broken down into ten areas because these are the most pressing concerns he's heard from constituents as he traveled throughout the district.

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Thursday passed legislation designed to reform hiring for Human Resources positions at VA facilities.