America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican with “10 Questions.”
This week’s Featured Member is Rep. Mike Bost, who represents the 4th Congressional District of Illinois. Rep. Bost was sworn into office on January 6, 2015, and he serves on three committees: Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and Small Business.
Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Bost served for two decades in the Illinois House of Representatives, rising to the leadership position of House Republican Caucus Chair. Rep. Bost and his wife, Tracy, own and operate a small business – the White House Salon – in Murphysboro.
We asked Rep. Bost 10 questions:
1. What was your first job?
I started delivering the Southern Illinoisan during the weekdays and washed trucks at Bost Trucking on the weekends. I had a lot of free time as a 12 year old, as you can tell.
2. What book are you currently reading?
3. What is your favorite vacation destination?
Anyone who’s travelled through Southern Illinois knows, first hand, the beauty of this area. Whether you’re a hunter or like to fish, it offers everything for those who love the outdoors and so much more!
4. Where are you most likely to be seen dining when you’re home in your district?
“Global Gourmet” in Carbondale.
5. What is your favorite professional sports team?
St. Louis Cardinals!
6. When did you realize you were a Republican?
When I read the platforms of Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale in 1984 for President Reagan’s re-election campaign. It was then I was convinced I was a Republican.
7. What’s the most important — but under-reported — policy issue you work on?
As a Veteran, all Veterans’ issues are important to me. Even though I sit on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I am constantly meeting with various groups and organizations that are designed to fight and stand up for Veterans’ issues and services.
8. What motivates you to serve the people of your district in Congress?
My soon-to-be 10 grandchildren.
9. What were you most surprised about when you started serving in Congress?
It’s the fast-pace and non-stop atmosphere of working on Capitol Hill. Our office averages between 8 and 12 meetings a day with constituents and others making appointments. I try and meet with every constituent and keep abreast of the issues on my three Committees of which I’m a member.
10. What’s one piece of advice that has helped shape the course of your life?
It’s a famous quote from author Max Lucado: “Conflict is inevitable….combat is optional.”