Congressman-elect Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, this week embarked on a Southern Illinois listening tour across the 12th Congressional District to hear from families, workers, small businesses, and veterans.
"My top priority is Southern Illinois, and to be effective in Washington from day one, I want to hear directly from folks across the district about their concerns and what they want to see Congress get done," said Enyart said. "It's an honor to be carrying on Congressman Costello's work, and I will make sure that Southern Illinois has a voice they can count on to put good jobs and our way of life first."
Enyart is set to take the oath of office in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 3, when he will replace U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who is retiring after 24 years representing the 12th U.S. House District.
Enyart this week stopped by the VA Medical Center in Marion and John A. Logan College in Cartervile. Enyart will continue his listening tour for the next three weeks.
Enyart, a Belleville lawyer and former commander of the Illinois National Guard, won the Nov. 6 election by defeating GOP nominee Jason Plummer, a Fairview Heights developer, and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw, a Carbondale emergency room nurse.
The 12th U.S. House District comprises a dozen Southern Illinois counties, running from Alton, in Madison County, to Cairo in Alexander County, in the state's southernmost tip.