John (John) Shimkus (R-USH15)
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Capitol: 202.225.5271
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District: 618.288.7190
Representative
Room 2217 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-1315

Residence: Collinsville, IL
Elected: 1996    Next Election: 2020
Spouse: Karen Muth   DOB: 2/21/1958
Committee Assignments
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Central and Eastern Europe
Co-ChairHouse Baltic Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Recycling Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Children's Caucus
RM MemberHouse Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change
FC MemberMontenegro Caucus
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
FC MemberNuclear Issues Working Group
FC MemberCongressional Fitness Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Energy and Commerce
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
FC MemberZero Capital Gains Tax Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children's Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Romania Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Youth Sports
FC MemberCongressional Community Health Center Caucus
FC MemberAnti-Value Added Tax Caucus (Anti-VAT Caucus)
FC MemberCongressional Robotics Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Biotechnology Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Georgia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Manufactured Housing Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Youth Challenge Caucus
FC MemberHouse Republican New Media Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on the Mississippi River
FC MemberHouse Cancer Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberHouse BioFuels Caucus
FC MemberHouse Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Bike Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Services Caucus
Co-ChairNextGen 9-1-1 Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Rural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Internet Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Cement Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
FC MemberRural Health Care Coalition
FC MemberCongressional Wine Caucus
FC MemberGerman-American Caucus
FC MemberFriends of Australia Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Steel Caucus
FC MemberCoalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE)
FC MemberCongressional Dairy Farmers Caucus
FC MemberBicameral Congressional Caucus on Parkinson's Disease
FC MemberCongressional Coal Caucus
FC MemberHouse Manufacturing Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Coalition on Adoption
FC MemberCongressional Army Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Taiwan Caucus
FC MemberNational Guard and Reserve Components Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Diabetes Caucus
FC MemberUSO Congressional Caucus
FC MemberHouse General Aviation Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Sportsmen's Caucus
FC MemberRepublican Study Committee (RSC)
Counties Representing
Champaign / Clark / Coles / Crawford / Cumberland / De Witt / Douglas / Edgar / Edwards / Ford / Gallatin / Iroquois / Lawrence / Livingston / Macon / McLean / Moultrie / Piatt / Saline / Vermilion / Wabash / White

Bio

John M. Shimkus has served in the Army, as a high school teacher, a county treasurer, and now as a Member of the United States House of Representatives for the 15th District of Illinois.

Among his duties in Congress, John is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Republican Leader of its Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee. He also serves on the Health and Communications and Technology Subcommittees; the NG9-1-1, Recycling, Coal, Steel, and Baltic Caucuses; and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Over the years, John has worked with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance policies that enhance our nation's energy security and public safety. Several of his legislative initiatives have been signed into law by Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama including the- 1998 law allowing for biodiesel fuel use in federal, state and private fleets. This bipartisan legislation has since made biodiesel more readily available at fuel pumps across the country. 1999 law designating 9-1-1 as the universal emergency number in the United States for mobile as well as landline telephones.

2002 law requiring federal testing of children's booster seats. This legislation is also known as Anton's Law. 2002 law establishing an Internet domain that provided a safe place on the web for young children to surf and learn safely. The Department of Commerce acknowledged at the time that this was "an important and groundbreaking effort to give parents additional tools to protect their children in the dawning Internet era." While new parental controls have since rendered the domain obsolete, John continues to stress online safety and a free and open Internet. 2003 law providing for the placement of heart defibrillators in schools.

2004 law expanding federal grants for the deployment of equipment able to locate 9-1-1 callers from wireless devices. Building on this success, John has recently urged the FCC to ensure accurate caller location information is automatically provided to public safety officials for indoor as well as outdoor wireless calls to 9-1-1 call centers.

2005 law requiring transportation fuel sold in the U.S. contains a minimum volume of renewable fuels. John's tireless efforts in supporting biodiesel and ethanol were instrumental in the inclusion of this Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the Energy and Policy Act of 2005. 2008 law requiring Internet voice service companies to provide 9-1-1 service to their users. 2012 law to facilitate the delivery of voice, text, photos, video, and other data to 9-1-1 call centers.

2016 law modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act. John married Karen Muth in 1987. They have three sons- David, Joshua and Daniel. The Shimkus family maintains their residence in John's hometown of Collinsville, Illinois where they are active members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School.

John received his Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1980. He served over five years active duty in the Army, then entered the Army Reserves. John retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on June 1, 2008, concluding 28 years of military service. After leaving active duty, John earned his teaching certificate from Christ College Irvine, California (now Concordia University Irvine). He returned home to teach at Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville, Illinois.

In 1989 John won his first election, becoming a Collinsville Township trustee. He left his teaching job the following year to campaign full-time and was elected Madison County (Illinois) Treasurer. John began studies for his master's degree in business administration (MBA) while county treasurer and graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1997.

In 1996 John won his first term as a United States Representative from what was then Illinois' 20th District. From 2003-2013 he represented the 19th District and now he represents the 15th District, 33 counties that stretch from his hometown near St. Louis to the Indiana border and from Hoopeston south to Metropolis. Danville is the largest city in the 15th District.