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U.S. Representative for Illinois, serving since 1997 - member of the Republican Party.
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ENG:John Mondy Shimkus (born February 21, 1958) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 15th congressional district (numbered as the 20th from 1997 to 2003 and 19th from 2003 to 2013), serving since 1997. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes much of the southern portion of the state, taking in part of Springfield and a portion of the Metro-East area (the Illinois side of the St. Louis area). Early life, education and career Shimkus is a lifelong resident of Collinsville, a suburb of St. Louis. He is the son of Kathleen N. (née Mondy) and Gene L. Shimkus. His paternal grandfather was of Lithuanian descent. Shimkus earned his bachelor's degree at the United States Military Academy. After serving his five-year Army commitment, he entered the reserves, ...
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Shimkus, Hastings Tour Hanford Nuclear Site

Congressman John Shimkus (R, IL-19), chairman of the Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, and Congressman Doc Hastings (R, WA-4), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, toured the Department of Energy (DOE) Hanford nuclear site to see the waste cleanup, reprocessing, and vitrification facility in Richland, Washington, today. Right now, 177 underground storage tanks, holding 53 million gallons of radioactive waste left over from Cold War nuclear weapons programs, reside at the Hanford site. The facility, on the banks of the Columbia River, turns leftover nuclear waste into ...

Rep. Shimkus takes nominations for military academies

U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, D-Collinsville, is now accepting applications from young men and women interested in attending one of the United States military academies.High school seniors, college students, and anyone interested should apply now for summer 2012 admission."As the school year begins, many students are thinking about what's next. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I am eager to provide information and assist with nominations to the military academies," Shimkus said.To be eligible for appointment, you must be a United States citizen; at least 17 and not ...

House Votes to Stop EPA Cement Regulations

Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) joined a bipartisan majority that passed the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (HR 2681), which would prevent three new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules that threaten plant closures. The bill says to step back and look at finding achievable environmental goals, not pie in the sky goals that would cost billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. “The President always talks about ‘jobs,’ yet his EPA proposes rule after rule that would harm local businesses,” Shimkus noted. “And with unemployment rates over ten ...

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Shimkus Statement on House Passage of the American Health Care Act
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement after the House approved legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known more commonly as Obamacare: “For seven years, I’ve fought to repeal all of Obamacare’s mandates, middle class taxes, abortion subsidies, insurance company bailouts, and unaffordable, one-size-fits-all health insurance plans. I also assured my constituents that our replacement would include protections for patients with pre-existing conditions. My vote today does all of the above.  “Passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a win for President Trump, but more importantly it’s a win for the millions of Americans who are forced to buy a product they can’t afford to use. The AHCA will empower states to offer, and patients to choose from, a broader range of affordable insurance plans that better fit each individual and family’s unique needs.” Summaries and text of the American Hea
Shimkus Recognizes Germantown Fire Department
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing the 125th anniversary of the Germantown Fire Department. “The Germantown Fire Department was chartered on May 2, 1892 and included 18 volunteer firefighters. Currently, the department has 35 members and responds to an average of 110 calls per year,” Shimkus said. “I stand today to salute the Germantown Fire Department on its 125th anniversary and to wish it the very best in the future.” The full entry in the congressional record can be found HERE.
Shimkus Recognizes Carlyle High School Heroes
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing two Carlyle High School Seniors, Tyler Guthrie and Tucker Johnson, who rescued a man from a submerged car on April 22, 2017. “I ask that we all join in honoring these two good Samaritans and use their selfless act as a reminder that we are all here to help one another,” Shimkus said. “I stand today to salute Tyler and Tucker for their contributions to this great society and to wish them the very best in all of their future endeavors.” The full entry in the congressional record can be found HERE. 
Shimkus Announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner and Runners-Up
Danville, Illinois– Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) announced Lauren Sprague from First Baptist Christian School in Danville as the winner of the Congressional Art Competition from the Illinois 15th Congressional District.  Lauren Sprague with her winning piece, “Reflection”.  “The judges had a difficult time choosing between all the remarkable work submitted by talented, young artists from across my district,” Shimkus said. “Lauren’s photograph rose to the top and I congratulate her on this outstanding achievement.” Lauren’s piece will hang in the pedestrian tunnel that connects the United States Capitol with the Cannon House Office Building for the next year. The exhibit includes the winning artwork from congressional districts across the country and is viewed by hundreds of congressional staff and Capitol visitors every day. Shimkus also announced four runners-up in the competition: Tanner Voss from Carlyle High School, Zebulon Zeigler from Red

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