U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Illinois) reminds constituents in the Illinois 15th Congressional District of his availability to meet with them in their communities.
“Since I came to Congress, I’ve continued to hold open office hours and my staff have held traveling help desks throughout my district,” Shimkus said. “This is in addition to the thousands of constituent meetings I schedule in my D.C. and district offices.”
“This year I’ve made several visits to each of the 33 counties I represent, and I’m very pleased to have held open office hours in each as well.”
At open office hours, as well as staff-led traveling help desks, local constituents can share their thoughts on legislation and public policy, as well as get help dealing with a federal agency like the Social Security Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs. The one-on-one meetings are typically held in city hall or the county courthouse.
Constituents are encouraged to visit www.shimkus.house.gov/events to see when open office hours and traveling help desks are coming to their area.
“It’s important to be available and present in the community,” added Shimkus, who returns to his hometown of Collinsville every weekend and week the House is not in session. “Part of that too is embracing technology to connect with people online. Folks can contact me 24/7 through my website or social media.”
Shimkus maintains an active Facebook page and sends the majority of his own tweets under the handle @RepShimkus, including a tweet each morning of a Bible verse from his daily devotions. Videos of the congressman in the Energy & Commerce Committee and debating legislation on the House floor are also available on YouTube.
Phone numbers and mailing addresses for the congressman’s Capitol Hill and district offices are available here.