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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 Backs Bills Targeting Iranian Cash Payments, Assets
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) backed two House-passed bills this week to prohibit any future cash payments to Iran and to bring transparency to the Islamic Republic’s corrupt financial dealings. “According to President Obama’s own State Department, Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” said Shimkus. “Under no circumstances should the United States send Iran cash that can and will be used to fund acts of terror against civilians, our troops or our allies.” H.R. 5931, which passed the House on Thursday with bipartisan support, would prohibit the United States from making any cash payments to Iran until the President certifies that Iran is not a primary money laundering concern or a state sponsor of terrorism. The bill reiterates that it is the policy of the United States Government not to pay ransom or release prisoners for the purpose of securing the release of United States citizens taken hostage abroad. “When we think of
Department of Commerce to End Oversight of Internet Domain Name System
On Wednesday, Congress approved a bill to keep the federal government open through December 9. That continuing resolution ensures our troops will be paid, and includes funding to implement my landmark chemical safety legislation and fight the spread of Zika, without allowing those funds to be used to pay for abortions. One thing the continuing resolution didn’t include, however, was a provision to prevent the United States from relinquishing oversight of the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). The DNS, which can be thought of as the Internet’s master phone book, ensures that when you type in a web address (like house.gov) you reach the correct website. This matching process makes browsing the Internet possible for the average user. The day-to-day management of the global DNS is handled by a California-based nonprofit group called ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN, which is made up of engineers, academics, businesses and individual Internet u
Shimkus Statement on New St. Louis VA Director
Maryville, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement on the appointment of Keith Repko as the new director of the VA St. Louis Health Care System:  “After three and a half years, eight interim directors, and multiple letters and inquiries from the region’s congressional delegation, I’m pleased to learn today that care for veterans served by the VA St. Louis Health Care System will finally be managed by a permanent director. I look forward to working with Mr. Repko in his new capacity to ensure that area veterans are getting the timely and quality health care they have earned.”  ###
Congress Successfully Overrides Presidential Veto
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement today after the House and Senate voted to override President Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act: “Families who lost loved ones to acts of international terrorism on American soil deserve the opportunity to seek damages from the foreign governments or officials who aided or abetted the terrorists. State sponsors of terrorism – whether they be officially listed as such or not – should not be able to evade justice. “The Constitution sets a high bar for Congress to enact a law over the President’s objection, and I’m pleased we were able to do so here. While the White House says this override is ‘embarrassing,’ I say it’s long overdue.”  ###

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