MURPHYSBORO -- Congressman Mike Bost wins a third term, defeating his toughest challenger yet, Democrat Brendan Kelly.
"It truly has been one of the hardest fought battles, of a long political career, that I've ever had," said Congressman Bost.
After four years in Congress, Mike Bost will continue representing southern Illinois' 12 Congressional District. Congressman Bost received nearly 52 percent of the votes, while Democratic challenger Brendan Kelly received 45 percent.
In at interview, Bost said "without a doubt" he believed the president's stop in Murphysboro helped bring out voters. Bost added he doesn't agree with the president on all issues, but said he believes President Trump has a vision for America and he will work to help make that vision a reality.
"One of the most humbling experiences is to have the president come in and fly in and actually stump for me in this election," said Congressman Bost.
But even with the president's support, Bost said going forward there will be challenges this term on the national level.
"It does look like that the majority in the House will go to Nancy Pelosi," said Bost.
Bost added with a new Democratic majority in the House and a new Democratic Governor, he will continue to work in a bi-partisan manner to get the best for Southern Illinois.
"You wish you could get along on every issue, but I've said so many times, conflict is inevitable, combat is optional," said Bost.
Bost said he will push for an infrastructure bill to repair local roads, bridges, railroads and water and sewer lines. All while continuing the fight to bring back jobs.
"Making sure that higher education is taken care of, and the most important things is making sure we swing the door open, not only for jobs in this state but jobs in this nation, to put people back to work. Like we did in Granite City," said Bost.
Congressman Bost added he'll work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to make improvements to health care.
"I have supported bills to make sure no one with pre-existing conditions is cut off, however, we've got to make it affordable because right now its not," said Bost.
At the end of the interview, Bost said both parties need to "calm it down" so everyone can work together in a bipartisan way to move this nation forward.