MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that President Donald J. Trump has endorsed his re-election campaign:

“Congressman Mike Bost is a terrific Representative for Illinois’ 12th Congressional District,” said Trump. “A retired U.S. Marine Corps Corporal and the Lead Republican on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Mike is working hard to Provide the Best Care for our Veterans who so bravely served our Country. Mike is fighting to Secure the Border, Grow the Economy, Protect Life, and Defend the Second Amendment. Mike Bost has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

“I’ve been a proud ally in President Trump’s fight to put America First, and I’m honored to once again receive his endorsement,” said Bost. “After nearly two years of Biden and Pelosi’s failed leadership, our nation is less safe, less prosperous, and less prepared to face security challenges across the globe. To build the Republican majority in Congress we need to hold this administration accountable, we need to keep Southern Illinois red. I appreciate President Trump’s support in making that happen.”


Mike Bost Fights for Election Integrity, Challenges Illinois Vote-by-mail Law in Court

Mike Bost and Judicial Watch have filed a federal lawsuit to prevent Illinois election officials from extending Election Day for 14 days beyond the date established by Congress. They argue that Illinois election law violates federal law, which defines Election Day as “the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of every even-numbered year.”

“Illinoisans, like many Americans, have experienced a deep erosion of trust in our election system. I believe it is critical that we do all we can to restore their confidence; and that begins with addressing the issue of mail-in voting,” said Bost. “The purpose of this lawsuit is to ensure that vote-by-mail ballots are postmarked and received by Election Day, just as federal law requires. We cannot continue to allow ballots without a postmark to arrive and be counted weeks after Election Day. I am proud to take this action today and will continue to do all I can to ensure the integrity of our elections is preserved.”

Current Illinois election law allows vote-by-mail ballots received up to 14 days after the polls close on Election Day to be counted as if they were cast and received on or before Election Day. Illinois law also provides that even vote-by-mail ballots without postmarks shall be counted if received up to 14 calendar days after Election Day if the ballots are dated on or before Election Day.

The lawsuit notes that [Illinois’ own data indicates that] Illinois received 266,417 vote-by-mail ballots statewide during the period from November 3rd through November 17th in 2020. Most of the 266,417 vote-by-mail ballots were received after Election Day, which would mean that as many as 4.4% of votes cast in 2020 were received after Election Day. 

“We are supposed to have an Election Day, not Election Weeks – or months.” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Illinois’ 14-day extension of Election Day beyond the date set by Congress is illegal, violates the civil rights of voters, and encourages fraud.” You can read the lawsuit here.


MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by the National Right to Life.
“We commend you for your 100% pro-life voting record in the 117th Congress,” said Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life. “This endorsement reflects your strong pro-life record and your commitment to building a culture of life in Washington and throughout our nation.”

“For those of us in the pro-life community, it is exciting to see the news this week that the Supreme Court may be preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade,” said Bost. “As we celebrate this historic moment, I couldn’t be more honored to receive the endorsement of National Right to Life for my clear commitment to protecting innocent unborn lives. It is vitally important that we keep working together to advance pro-life principles and stop your taxpayer dollars from being used for abortion-related services.”



MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by an additional 36 Republican county officials from across the new 12th District, bringing his total number of endorsements from local Republican leaders to 140.

“From determining how tax dollars will be spent, to overseeing elections and maintaining roads, our county officials play a vitally important role in our local communities,” said Bost. “I am honored that my re-election campaign continues to receive such a strong outpouring of support and can’t thank these Republican leaders enough for putting their trust in me. I look forward to working with them all on behalf of our Southern Illinois communities.”

Republican County Elected Officials Endorsing Bost:

Alexander County:
Mike Turner
Alexander County EMA Director

Franklin County:
Abby Dinn
Franklin County State’s Attorney

John Gossett
Franklin County Board Member District 3

Mark Kash
Franklin County Board Member District 1

Larry Miller
Franklin County Board Chairman

Jim Muir
Franklin County Circuit Clerk

Greg Woolard
Franklin County Clerk

Hardin County:
Todd Bittle
Hardin County State’s Attorney

Jackson County:
Gene Basden
Jackson County Board Member District 3

Dan Bost
Jackson County Board Member District 2

Andrew Erbes
Jackson County Board Member District 2

Jan Phillips
Jackson County Board District 1

Pamela Scott
Jackson County Board District 1

Jefferson County:
Randy Edwards
Jefferson County Board Vice Chairman

Cliff Lindemann
Jefferson County Board Chairman

Joey McDermott
Jefferson County Board Member District 3

Randy Pollard
Jefferson County Circuit Clerk

Bob Watt
Jefferson County Treasurer

Jeff Williams
Jefferson County Board Member District 6

Johnson County:
Mitch McClellan
Johnson County Treasurer and Collector

Monroe County:
Kelton Davis
Regional Superintendent, ROE #45

Lisa Fallon
Monroe County Circuit Clerk

George Green
Monroe County Commissioner

Bob Hill
Monroe County Coroner

Dennis Knobloch
Monroe County Commissioner

Vicki Koerber
Monroe County Commissioner

Lucas Leifer
Monroe County State’s Attorney

Jonathan McLean
Monroe County Clerk

Perry County:
John Batteau
Perry County Clerk

Bobby Kelly
Perry County Board Chairman

Jodi Koester
Perry County Treasurer

Bruce Morgenstern
Perry County Commissioner

David Searby
Perry County State’s Attorney

Paul Searby
Perry County Coroner

Pulaski County:
Rex Wilburn
Pulaski County Board Chairman

Randolph County:
Julie Carnahan
Randolph County Circuit Clerk

Dave Holder
Randolph County Commissioner

Melanie Johnson
Randolph County Clerk

Marc Kiehna
Randolph County Board Chairman

Ronnie White
Randolph County Commissioner

Richland County:
Zachary Holder
Richland County Circuit Clerk

St. Clair County:
Rick Casey Jr,
St. Clair County Board Member District 29

Ed Cockrell
St. Clair County Board Member District 7

John Coers
St. Clair County Board Member District 15

Union County:
Leigh Burns
Union County Treasurer

Keri Clark
Union County Circuit Clerk

David Gould
Union County Commissioner

Lance Meisenheimer
Union County Clerk and Recorder

Max Miller
Union County Board Chairman

Kent Pitts
Union County Board Vice-Chairman

Tyler Tripp
Union County State’s Attorney

Wabash County:
Angela Crum
Wabash County Circuit Clerk

Wayne County:
Liz Ann Woodrow
Wayne County Clerk

Williamson County:
Tim Atkission
Williamson County Commissioner

Amanda Barnes
Williamson County Clerk

Ashley Gott
Williamson County Treasurer

Lori LeQuatte
Regional Superintendent, ROE #21

Jim Marlo
Williamson County Commissioner

Justin Maze
Williamson County Circuit Clerk 


MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by 11 Republican county sheriffs from across Southern Illinois. These endorsements add to the growing list of conservative local leaders who are backing Bost in the new 12th Congressional District.

“As a former firefighter, I appreciate the sacrifices that our first responders make each and every day. I always have and always will support our brave police officers in Congress and will keep fighting against the liberals’ defund-the-police agenda,” said Bost. “I am honored to be endorsed by Republican sheriffs from across Southern Illinois and look forward to continuing our shared effort to make our communities safer.”

Republican County Sheriffs Endorsing Bost:

Dan Travous
Clinton County Sheriff

David Bartoni
Franklin County Sheriff 

Jeff Bullard
Jefferson County Sheriff

Pete Sopczak
Johnson County Sheriff

Neal Rohlfing
Monroe County Sheriff

Steve Baries
Perry County Sheriff

Jerry Suits
Pope County Sheriff

Whipper Johnson
Saline County Sheriff

Derek Morgan 
Wabash County Sheriff

Len Campbell
Washington County Sheriff

Christopher Otey
Wayne County Sheriff



MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by 35 mayors and village presidents from across the newly redistricted 12th Congressional District. These endorsements add to the list of 21 Republican Central Committee Leaders and 4 State Representatives who have announced their support for Bost.

“As mayors and village presidents for communities across Southern Illinois, we are proud to endorse Congressman Mike Bost for re-election in the 12th District,” said the community leaders in a joint statement. “Mike has never forgotten where he came from; he is accessible to his constituents and understands the importance of working closely with local leaders to better our communities. Mike is a fighter and a leader in Congress and we need him to be our voice in Washington, D.C.”

“I am honored by the number of mayors and village presidents who have put their trust and confidence in me,” said Bost. “The most important job I have in Congress is to protect and serve my constituents, and I have been proud to work very closely with municipalities to ensure that the needs of the people of Southern Illinois are met. I am very grateful for the substantial number of endorsements I am receiving and look forward to continue building coalitions of support across the 12th District.”

Mayors and Village Presidents Endorsing Bost:

Steve Schomaker
Village President of Albers

Scott Tripp
Village President of Alto Pass

Candice Cotter
Mayor of Ava

Fred Kondritz
Mayor of Benton

Mike Bullard
Mayor of Bluford

Kevin Timmermann 
Mayor of Breese

Tom Page
Mayor of Chester

Bob Hill
Mayor of Columbia

Guy Alongi
Mayor of DuQuoin

Randy Morgan
Mayor of East Cape Girardeau

Lance Bedar
Mayor of Elkville

Kenny Kempfer
Village President of Evansville

Mike Dreith
Mayor of Fairfield

Merrill Prange
Village President of Fults

John McPeek
Mayor of Harrisburg

Steve Frattini
Mayor of Herrin

Mike Absher
Mayor of Marion

David Taylor
Mayor of McClure

Don Canada
Mayor of Metropolis

John Lewis
Mayor of Mt. Vernon

Will Stephens
Mayor of Murphysboro

Joe Behnken
Mayor of New Athens

Herb Roach
Mayor of O’Fallon

David Jasper
Mayor of Okawville

Mark Wilson
Village President of Prairie Du Rocher

Robert Spencer
Mayor of Pinckneyville

Bob Weilmuenster
Mayor of Shiloh

Michael Smallwood
Mayor of Smithton

Jason Schlimme
Mayor of Sparta

Andy Gerlach
Mayor of Steeleville

Howard Heavner
Village President of Valmeyer

Don Wisely
Mayor of Vergennes

Steve Penrod
Mayor of Vienna

Thomas Smith
Mayor of Waterloo

Tom Jordan
Mayor of West Frankfort 



MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that his re-election campaign has been endorsed by 20 Republican Central Committee leaders from across the newly-mapped 12th Congressional District. Bost’s coalition of support includes the 12th District Central Committee chair and vice-chair; all 11 county chairs from Bost’s current district; and seven chairs redistricted from the current 15th District into the new 12th District.

“As leaders of Illinois’ 12th District Republican Central Committee, we are pleased to endorse Congressman Mike Bost for re-election,” said the IL-12 Central Committee leaders in a joint statement. He has a proven track record of fighting for our conservative values and delivering real results for Southern Illinois families during his service in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Illinois General Assembly. As Democrats in Washington continue to tax and spend their way towards socialism, Mike is the strong conservative voice we need to push back on their extreme agenda. We proudly support Congressman Mike Bost and look forward to working together on behalf of the people of Southern Illinois.”

“Tracy and I have been blessed with the tremendous support and friendship of so many Republican leaders across Southern Illinois,” said Bost. “I am truly honored to receive their endorsements so early on in the campaign. We’ve already begun building an aggressive grassroots operation and I am confident our momentum will only continue to grow. As your representative, I do not take your trust in me lightly. I will always fight for our shared constitutional conservative values in Congress.”

GOP Leaders Endorsing Bost:
Barb Viviano
IL-12 Central Committee Chairwoman

Bruce Morgenstern
IL-12 Deputy Central Committee Vice-Chairman

Evelyn Caldwell
Alexander County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman

Jim Kerley
Franklin County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Rob Prince
Gallatin County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Rhonda Belford
Hardin County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Jason Svanda
Jackson County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Randy Winn
Jefferson County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Kenneth Wiggs
Johnson County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Brian Bauer 
Massac County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Ed McLean
Monroe County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Bruce Rodely
Perry County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Kelvin Kunath
Pope County Republican Central Committee Chairman 

Tadge Wilson
Pulaski County Republican Central Committee Chairman 

Wanda Dethrow
Randolph County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman

JC Kowa
Richland County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Cheryl Mathews
St. Clair County Republican Central Committee Chairwoman

Stan Hunter
Union County Republican Central Committee Chairman

Steve Fletcher
Washington County Republican Central Committeeman for Pilot Knob Precinct

Jeff Diederich
Williamson County Republican Central Committee Chairman


MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that he is running for re-election in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District:

“With Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi running roughshod in Washington, D.C., Southern Illinoisans need a battle-tested conservative fighting for them now more than ever. Today, I’m proud to announce my candidacy for re-election in the 12th Congressional District. I have never wavered in defense of our constitutional conservative values; and I will always stand up for the hardworking families, veterans, farmers, and job creators of Southern Illinois who feel abandoned by the liberals in Washington.”



MURPHYSBORO, IL– U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement declaring victory in the 12th Congressional District race Tuesday evening:

“I could not be prouder of the campaign we ran – a campaign focused on our record and our positive vision for Southern Illinois. Congratulations to Ray Lenzi and his team for a hard-fought campaign. Serving the people of Southern Illinois in Congress has been the honor of a lifetime, and I thank the people of this district for giving me the honor of representing them for another two years in Congress.”