The Honorable Jerry F. Costello is a member of Ullico Inc.’s Board of Directors. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for almost 25 years representing Illinois’ 12th district until his retirement in January, 2013. Costello began his career in elected office when he was elected Chairman of the St. Clair County Board, one of the largest counties in Illinois.
Costello served as a senior Democrat on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as well as the Science, Space and Technology Committee, playing a major role in writing several major pieces of legislation focusing on improving the transportation infrastructure of the nation as well as research and development on renewable energies.
Costello served as both the Ranking Member and Chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee. In 2010, after the Colgan crash in Buffalo, NY killing 49 people, he wrote and helped pass the strongest aviation pilot safety and training bill in over 50 years. He also served on the Railroad Subcommittee and Water Resources and Environmental Subcommittee. On the Science, Space and Technology Committee, Costello served as the Ranking Member of the Energy Subcommittee as well as the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee.
While serving in the House, Costello was know as the “go to member” on transportation issues. He was also known as a strong voice for labor and working men and women.
In January, 2013, Costello formed and became President and CEO of The Jerry Costello Group, LLC. The Group provides services and advocacy for government agencies, trade associations and businesses seeking knowledge, assistance and results to achieve their goals.
Congressman Costello received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and the Administration of Justice from Maryville University in St. Louis. He also holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Maryville University and McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois.