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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-5271

Address: 2452 RHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (618) 288-7190

Address: 15 Professional Park Drive, Maryville IL 62062

Effingham IL

Phone: (217) 347-7947

Fax: (217) 342-1219

Address: 101 North 4th Street, Effingham IL 62401

Harrisburg IL

Phone: (618) 252-8271

Fax: (618) 252-8317

Address: 110 East Locust Street, Harrisburg IL 62946-1557

Danville IL

Phone: (217) 446-0664

Fax: (217) 446-0670

Address: 201 North Vermilion Street, Danville IL 61832

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John Shimkus Biography
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  • Elected: 1996, 9th term.
  • District: Illinois 15
  • Born: Feb. 21, 1958, East St. Louis
  • Home: Collinsville
  • Education:

    West Point Military Acad., B.S. 1980, Christ Col., Teaching Cert., 1990, S. IL U., M.B.A. 1997.

  • Professional Career:

    High schl. teacher, 1986–90.

  • Military Career:

    Army 1980–85; Army Reserves, 1985-2008..

  • Political Career:

    Collinsville Township trustee, 1989-93; Madison Cnty. treas., 1990–96.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Lutheran

  • Family: Married (Karen); 3 children

John Shimkus, a Republican first elected in 1996, has been an aggressive supporter of business and a fierce critic of regulations he considers overly burdensome. He also is a devout Christian, who uses his official Facebook and Twitter accounts to post daily Bible passages. Read More

John Shimkus, a Republican first elected in 1996, has been an aggressive supporter of business and a fierce critic of regulations he considers overly burdensome. He also is a devout Christian, who uses his official Facebook and Twitter accounts to post daily Bible passages.

Shimkus grew up in Collinsville, in Madison County. His father was an installer for Illinois Bell, and his mother a township trustee. He is of Lithuanian descent, as is his predecessor in the seat, Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin. Shimkus graduated from West Point, trained in the Army as a Ranger and paratrooper, went to college in California, then came back to Collinsville to teach high school. Almost immediately, he began running for local office. In 1988, he ran for the Madison County Board and lost. The very next year, however, he was elected a Collinsville Township trustee. In 1990, at age 32, he beat a 12-year incumbent to become Madison County treasurer. He challenged then-U.S. Rep. Durbin in 1992 and lost 57%-43%, a closer margin for Durbin than in his previous campaigns.

In 1996, when Durbin ran for the Senate, Shimkus easily won the Republican primary, with 51% against seven other candidates. In the general election, he faced state Rep. Jay Hoffman. Both were anti-abortion rights, anti-gun control, and pro-balanced budget amendment. Hoffman raised more money and had the benefit of support and financial backing from the AFL-CIO, but Shimkus won, 50.3% to 49.7%.

In the House, Shimkus’ voting record is generally conservative. He told Esquire magazine in 2010 that he believes President Barack Obama’s world view “is of government control, of government solving the inequities of society. And that means big government and higher taxes. ... It’s just not what makes this country great.” In his Facebook and Twitter postings, his favorite verse is Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

But he can show a centrist streak. After Republicans took control of the House in 2011, he voted against the GOP majority on eliminating funding for the Legal Services Corp., reducing funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, and cutting the Food and Drug Administration’s tobacco regulation budget. And he was one of just 16 House Republicans in March 2012 to back a budget plan along the lines of the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.

From his seat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, Shimkus’ ardor can sometimes give way to hyperbole that triggers criticism on the left. When Democrats issued a draft plan to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in April 2009, he called it the “largest assault on democracy and freedom in this country that I’ve ever witnessed.” Around the same time, he drew attention for arguing that carbon dioxide—the leading greenhouse gas—is valuable “plant food” that did not need to be controlled. The floods that scientists warn could result from a rapidly changing climate won’t happen, Shimkus said, because God promised the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood.

He has been especially vocal in supporting nuclear power, extending tax credits for ethanol, and giving incentives to coal-to-liquid refineries to help coal-producing areas. In 2010, after Republicans won control of the House, he vied to become the full committee chairman, but lost out to Michigan’s Fred Upton. Shimkus was named chairman of a new subcommittee on environment and economy that enables him to closely monitor the Obama administration’s regulatory activities. He used the position to regularly go after the administration for its decision to abandon storing waste from commercial nuclear power plants at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain. In 2011 and 2012, Shimkus also amended spending bills to increase the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s work to license at the site.

As a former high school teacher, Shimkus took what seemed to be a routine assignment as chairman of the House page board. But five weeks before the 2006 election, revelations that Republican Rep. Mark Foley had sent inappropriate and sexually explicit e-mails to former male pages was a political bombshell for the party, including for Shimkus and then-GOP Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois. Both men had known of questionable contacts Foley had with pages and failed to investigate. The House Ethics Committee later found that Shimkus should have shared the information with other House members on the page board, but called for no sanctions against him.

When the state’s redistricting plan in 2001 eliminated the seat held by Rep. David Phelps, a conservative Democrat, Phelps decided to run against Shimkus in the new 19th District. After a spirited contest, in which organized labor spent more than $1.5 million trying to dislodge Shimkus, he won 55%-45%. Since then, he has been reelected easily. When he first ran for the seat, Shimkus said he would limit himself to six terms. But in September 2005, he called his pledge “a mistake,” and said, “Unless everyone plays by the same rules, term limits don’t make sense.”

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John Shimkus Election Results
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2012 General
John Shimkus (R)
Votes: 205,775
Percent: 68.61%
Angela Michael (D)
Votes: 94,162
Percent: 31.39%
2012 Primary
John Shimkus (R)
Votes: 66,709
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (71%), 2008 (64%), 2006 (61%), 2004 (69%), 2002 (55%), 2000 (63%), 1998 (61%), 1996 (50%)
John Shimkus Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 46 (L) : 53 (C) 32 (L) : 68 (C) 30 (L) : 66 (C)
Social 48 (L) : 50 (C) 48 (L) : 52 (C) 49 (L) : 51 (C)
Foreign 46 (L) : 53 (C) 46 (L) : 52 (C) 40 (L) : 59 (C)
Composite 47.3 (L) : 52.7 (C) 42.3 (L) : 57.7 (C) 40.5 (L) : 59.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV119
CFG5667
ITIC-100
NTU6968
20112012
COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU6875
ADA50
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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