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Rep. Mike Bost

Representative for Illinois’s 12th District

Bost, a Republican, is the representative for Illinois's 12th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 6, 2015. Bost is next up for reelection in 2018.

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Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Bost.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bost is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Bost has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Americans for Prosperity: 91% FreedomWorks: 55% The Club for Growth: 45% Human Rights Campaign: 16% American Civil Liberties Union: 11% Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 6% League of Conservation Voters: 3% NIAC Action: F

Committee Membership

Mike Bost sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Bost was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bost sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (64%) Agriculture and Food (18%) Commerce (18%)

Recent Bills

Some of Bost’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Bost’s Vote Vote Description
No H.R. 4901: Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act
Apr 29, 2016. Passed 224/181.
Nay H.R. 511: Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2015
Nov 17, 2015. Passed 249/177.
Nay H.R. 10: Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act
Oct 21, 2015. Passed 240/191.
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Nov 2017, Bost missed 64 of 1,962 roll call votes, which is 3.3%. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 6 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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