After weeks of hinting at a possible run, Illinois state Representative Mike Bost, a Murphysboro Republican will formally announce his candidacy Monday for the U.S. Congressional District 12, according to a press release on congressional campaign letter head.
The 52-year-old married father of three, Bost served three years in the U.S. Marine Corp and currently represents Illinois House District 115 and has been in the House for 18 years. He is a small business owner and former firefighter.
In his current seat he serves on multiple committees, including Higher Education Appropriations; Higher Education; Public Utilities as the republican spokesperson; and Biotechnology.
Currently the 12th Congressional District seat is held by Democratic Rep. William Enyart who retired as Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard to run for Congress.
Bost is scheduled to make his formal announcement with his family at three stops Monday in southern Illinois, starting at 12:30 p.m. at the St. Clair County Courthouse in Belleville; followed by a stop at 3:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in Mt. Vernon; and finishing up back home at 6:30 p.m. at Davis-McCann Civic Center in Murphysboro.
Congressional District 12 covers parts of Madison County and all of Alexander, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Monroe, Perry, Polaski, Randolph, St. Clair, Union and Williamson counties.