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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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House Unveils Bill to Repeal and Replace Obamacare
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today praised the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – House Republicans’ legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. “This is the relief my constituents have demanded,” said Shimkus, a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee that will markup the bill on Wednesday. “The American Health Care Act offers American families more options, lower costs and the flexibility to choose a plan that fits their unique needs, not Washington’s one-size-fits-all mandates.” Gone under the AHCA are the ACA’s middle-class taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health-insurance premiums, and medical devices. Gone as well are the individual and employer mandate penalties, which forced millions of Americans into plans they don’t want and can’t afford. “While the vast majority of my constituents will be glad to see this costly, broken law go away,
Local Communities Awarded More Than $78,000 in Federal Grants
Maryville, Illinois – The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency announced this month that four grants have been awarded in the 15th congressional district. The grants awarded to the City of Flora, Village of Oblong, Village of Odin, and the Southeastern Illinois Counseling Center total $78,800. “This is federal money well spent,” Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) said. “These grants will help provide necessary community upgrades and public safety resources. I encourage local communities who may not have applied for competitive federal grants before to contact my office if they have any questions about the process.” The City of Flora received $21,100 to refurbish two sirens and replace three sirens with two higher performing sirens. The new software also allows the sirens to be used as a public announcement system in the city. The Village of Oblong was awarded $17,300 to purchase a 2016 AWD Utility Police Inceptor vehicle. The Village
Shimkus Statement on the Passing of Bob Michel
Maryville, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), the senior Republican in the Illinois congressional delegation, released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Bob Michel: “Bob Michel will always be remembered on Capitol Hill and in ‘the people’s House’ he loved. An American patriot through and through, Bob’s decorated service in WWII helped shape his views as he went on to represent Illinois in Congress for nearly 40 years. He eschewed the hyper partisan rhetoric that has become all too common today, favoring instead a more collegial, bipartisan approach to policy making. Ever the statesman, Bob’s fair and empowering leadership style is a model we would all do well to imitate. “My thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s many friends and family at this difficult time. I will greatly miss him.” ###
Shimkus Statement on Last Night's Storms
WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement after making calls to local leaders: “My thoughts and prayers are with all those in my district and across our state who were affected by the storms last night. I also want to extend a huge thank you to all the first responders and emergency personnel who risk their own safety to help and to serve their communities. This afternoon I made calls to local leaders in Wayne and White County, and my staff have spent the day gathering information and assessing the damage. I will continue to follow developments and assist constituents and communities in any way possible.”

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