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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 Nominates 16 to Military Service Academies
Maryville, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today announced his 16 nominations to the military service academies. The congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy. "The academies look at academics, leadership, and physical fitness in order to assure a young person is well-rounded and able to cope with the unique challenges of attending a military school," Shimkus said. "As a West Point graduate, I am very proud of these young men and women for considering an academy for their college choice and am grateful for the honor of being able to nominate them.” The four military academies that require congressional nominations are: United States Military Academy (USMA), West Point, New York; United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, Colorado; United States Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, Maryland; and United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA),
Shimkus Selected to Lead Panel Overseeing EPA
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was selected to chair the panel’s Environment Subcommittee for another six-year term. The subcommittee oversees the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and will now have jurisdiction over the Clean Air Act as well. “I’m honored and excited to continue working directly on issues affecting central and southern Illinois,” Shimkus said. “The subcommittee will take the lead on reining in the EPA, dismantling the Obama Administration’s anti-coal rules and regulations, and reforming the Renewable Fuels Standard to provide certainty to producers, refiners and consumers.” As chairman of the subcommittee in the 112th, 113th and 114th Congresses, Shimkus successfully lead a bipartisan update of the Toxic Substances Control Act – a chemical safety law affecting virtually every American consumer. The new law, praised by industry and environmental groups alike, t
Shimkus Statement on Executive Order Regarding Foreign Nationals
Maryville, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement regarding President Trump's Executive Order regarding refugees and other foreign nationals: “My record on this issue is clear, and has not changed: I support a vetting process that ensures every refugee, migrant or foreign national is not a security threat prior to his or her admission to the United States. That’s why I supported bipartisan legislation to stop the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees until our nation’s top security officials can be certain that each individual poses no threat to our homeland.    “The reality is our world has grown more dangerous, and our enemies more emboldened in the last eight years. It would be irresponsible to ignore these threats, and to allow our inadequate screening of those entering our country from unstable or hostile regions to continue as is. This temporary halt will give Congress and the new Administration time to evaluate an
PHOTOS: Shimkus Swears In Army Chaplain
Maryville, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) administered the oath of office to Jeremy Holley of Metropolis at the congressman’s Maryville office on Monday. Holley received a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves Chaplain Candidate Program.  Shimkus administers the oath of office to Holley.  Congressman Shimkus, who retired from the Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel, said: “Being asked to do this is an honor. I congratulate Lt. Holley on his commission and join him in prayer for our nation and all those serving at home and abroad.”  Shimkus and the Holley Family. ###

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