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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 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 Applauds EPA Withdrawal of WOTUS Rule
WASHINGTON – Congressman Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would withdraw its controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:  “This is a huge win for farmers and rural communities in Illinois. Congress never intended for EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to have jurisdiction over ditches, creeks and man-made ponds. I applaud President Trump and Administrator Pruitt for reversing this Obama Administration power grab, and for protecting the rights and the livelihoods of my constituents.”    ###
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
House Vote Sends VA Accountability Bill to President Trump
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) praised today’s final passage of the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. The Senate passed the bill on June 6, 2017 and it now heads to President Trump, whose advisors have recommended he sign the bill. “For years, problems at the VA have prevented our nation’s veterans from getting the high-quality of care they deserve,” Shimkus said. “The legislation the House passed today is an important step in ensuring the VA is held accountable.” The landmark legislation creates a streamlined process to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including senior executives, for poor performance or misconduct on the job. It also provides more protections for whistleblowers and bars the VA from using their new removal authority if an employee has an open whistleblower case. “These necessary and common-sense reforms are long overdue,” added Shimkus. “I applaud my colleagues on both si

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