John Shimkus

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U.S. Representative

John Shimkus (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Energy and Commerce
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: N/a

Incumbent running: No

2012 candidates for IL-15

Confirmed: John Shimkus, Angela Michael
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for IL-15)
On the Web
Official website

John Shimkus has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing the 19th District of Illinois.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
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2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 84 - 21/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 15 - 3/20 20 - 4/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 85 - 17/20 not avail.

Iraq War

Shimkus voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Rep. Mark Foley congressional page scandal

In October 2006, Shimkus became swept up in the Mark Foley page scandal. Shimkus served as the head of the Page Committee, which oversees the program by which dozens of teenagers work on Capitol Hill each year assisting in the administrative tasks of Congress. On September 30, 2006, Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) resigned following the public revelation of “over-friendly” emails and sexually suggestive instant message conversations he had with pages. Shimkus was first notified about the emails in late 2005 from the Clerk of the House. Shimkus claimed that at that point he advised Foley to immediately stop contacting the boy, and Foley agreed. Shimkus never informed Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Mich.), the lone Democrat on the Page Committee, about the situation.

Following Foley’s resignation, Shimkus was asked by Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) to look into the situation regarding Foley.



Shimkus was born February 21, 1958 in Collinsville, Illinois, was educated at West Point Military Academy at West Point, New York and Southern Illinois University, served in the United States Army, and was a teacher before entering the House in 1996.

Congressional career

Shimkus has announced that he will run for reelection in 2006 and 2008, despite making a pledge not to stay in office for more than 12 years.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Danny Leroy Stover to face Shimkus in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Shimkus retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$ 13,500
American Soybean Assn$ 11,000
American Assn of Nurse Anesthetists$ 10,000
American College of Emergency Physicians$ 10,000
American Interventional Pain Physicians$ 10,000
AT&T Inc$ 10,000
Automotive Free International Trade PAC$ 10,000
Carpenters & Joiners Union$ 10,000
Caterpillar Inc$ 10,000
Deere & Co$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for John Shimkus
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

  • House Committee on Energy and Commerce - Ranking Member
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials
    • Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Co-Chair, Congressional E-911 Caucus
  • Grand Old Party Cyber-Security Team
  • Co-Chair, House Baltic Caucus
  • Co-Chair, House Page Board
  • United States Delegate, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly

Boards and other Affiliations

  • ABATE of Illinois
  • American Legion, Post 365
  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
  • Community Hope Center
  • Adult Sunday School Teacher/Basketball Coach, Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School
  • Member, Kaskaskia Area Partnership
  • Member, Kaskaskia College Area Literacy Council
  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Farm Bureau
  • Senior Companion Program
  • Fiscal Officer, Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission
  • State and National Associations of County Treasurers and Finance Officers.

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on John Shimkus. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2452 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5271 Fax: 202-225-5880
    Webform email
District offices
  • 221 East Broadway, Suite 102, Centralia, IL 62801
    Ph: 618-532-9676 Fax: (none entered)
  • 508 West Main Street, Collinsville, IL 62234
    Ph: 618-344-3065 Fax: (none entered)
  • 110 East Locust Street, Room 12, Harrisburg, IL 62946
    Ph: 618-252-8271 Fax: (none entered)
  • 120 South Fair, Olney, IL 62450
    Ph: 618-392-7737 Fax: (none entered)
  • 3130 Chatham Road Suite C, Springfield, IL 62704
    Ph: 217-492-5090 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
  • No campaign website entered.
  • No campaign webform email entered.
  • 504 Sumner Boulevard, Collinsville, IL 62234
    Ph: (none entered) Fax: (none entered)


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Articles and Resources


  1. Roll call vote, Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.

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