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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 Judge Gorsuch
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement on today’s Senate confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch:   "I congratulate Judge Neil Gorsuch on his confirmation as the next Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch will bring the same respect for the rule of law and fidelity to our Constitution as the late Justice Scalia, whose seat on the court he will fill. President Trump made an outstanding choice." ###
Shimkus Recognizes Okawville High School Boys’ Basketball Team
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing the Okawville High School boys’ basketball team for their second place finish in the Illinois State Basketball Tournament. “This is a remarkable achievement for the Okawville coaches, teammates, and a community as a whole,” Shimkus said. “I congratulate the Okawville Rockets on an impressive season, and I commend them for making the 15th district proud.” The full entry in the congressional record can be found HERE. ###
Shimkus Meets with National Cancer Registrars Association
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) met with Sarah Burton of Charleston, Illinois today. Burton is a representative of the National Cancer Registrars Association. “Sarah and I had a productive discussion regarding funding for cancer registries in the upcoming budget debate,” Shimkus said. “Cancer registries, both at the state and federal level, provide vital data that fuels research efforts to find a cure for this awful disease.” Shimkus supported the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law by President Obama last December, to authorize $6.3 billion in funding to speed up the discovery, development and delivery of new treatments and cures for a variety of diseases. That legislation included $1.8 billion specifically to bolster cancer research. ###
Shimkus Statement on Syria Missile Strike
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement on yesterday’s Tomahawk missile strike on Syria’s Shayrat air base:  “In 2013 I cautioned President Obama about military intervention in Syria. I also questioned why we are always the ones to respond, and why the international community may come late, but never early or on time, to these situations.   “Russia should have enforced the agreement struck in 2013 to remove all chemical weapons from Syria.  After another attack on innocent civilians, it is clear this did not happen, and a war crime was committed. “I hope President Trump will seek legislative support for any possible future actions.”  ###

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