U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) announced Thursday he is seeking re-election.
“It is an honor and privilege to represent the people of the 15th Congressional District in Washington, D.C., and I do not take that responsibility lightly,” Shimkus said.
Shimkus cited his experience as a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the accomplishments he has been able to make this year.
The full U.S. House has passed two bills sponsored by Shimkus – the DOTCOM Act and the TSCA Modernization Act. The DOTCOM Act challenged the Obama administration’s unilateral decision to give away control over the Internet; however, they have backed down from the original plan after the bill passed.
“The Toxic Control Substances Act is a 1970s relic that does not work,” Shimkus said. “Many years were spent to get to this point, and many other legislators tried, but I was able to get this through my committee and the full House with just one no vote.”
In announcing his re-election bid, Shimkus also reaffirmed his support for the pro-life movement, Second Amendment rights, and local natural resources such as coal and oil.
Shimkus has been married to his wife, Karen, since 1987. They reside in his hometown of Collinsville and have three sons. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy (bachelor of science) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (master of business administration).
Also supporting Shimkus’ re-election are members of the General Assembly who serve overlapping territory, including state Sens. David Luechtefeld, Dale Righter, Chapin Rose, and Jason Barickman and state Reps. David Reis, John Cavaletto, Bill Mitchell, Chad Hays, Adam Brown, Charlie Meier, Tom Bennett, Reggie Phillips and Terri Bryant.
Those interested in helping Shimkus gather petition signatures should contact his campaign at (618) 344-1919 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Petitions can also be downloaded at www.volunteersforshimkus.com.
The primary election in Illinois will be March 15, 2016, with the national election set for Nov. 8, 2016.
Shimkus won his first term as a U.S. representative in 1996 in what was then Illinois’ 20th District. From 2003-2013 he represented the 19th District; he now represents the 15th District, 33 counties that stretch from Collinsville to the Indiana border and from Hoopeston south to Metropolis. Danville is the district’s largest city.