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|Assumed office = 2013
 
|Assumed office = 2013
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Political party = Republican
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|Predecessor = David D. Phelps (D)
 
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|Term limits = N/A
 
|Term limits = N/A
 
|Next election = [[Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
|Next election = [[Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Campaign $=10261830
 
|Prior office=[[U.S. House of Representatives]], Illinois' 19th congressional district
 
|Prior office=[[U.S. House of Representatives]], Illinois' 19th congressional district
 
|Prior office years=2003-2013
 
|Prior office years=2003-2013
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|Birthday = February 21, 1958
 
|Birthday = February 21, 1958
 
|Place of birth = Collinsville, Illinois
 
|Place of birth = Collinsville, Illinois
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|Net worth = $646,504
 
|Profession = High School Teacher
 
|Profession = High School Teacher
 
|Religion = Lutheran
 
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{{tnr}}'''John Mondy Shimkus''' (born February 21, 1958) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]]. Shimkus was elected by voters from [[Illinois' 15th congressional district]].
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{{tnr}}'''John Mondy Shimkus''' (born February 21, 1958 in Collinsville, Illinois) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from [[Illinois' 15th congressional district]]. He was first elected to the [[U.S. House]] in 2002.
  
Shimkus ran unopposed in the [[Republican]] primary on March 20, 2012.<ref name="abc">[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/elections/local/results ''ABC News 7'' "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012]</ref>
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Shimkus won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name="abc">[http://abclocal.go.com/wls/elections/local/results ''ABC News 7'' "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012]</ref>
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Shimkus previously represented the [[Illinois' 19th congressional district|19th district]] of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from 2003 to 2013 and the 20th district from 1997 to 2003.<ref name="biography"/>
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{{Introanalysis
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|Party=Republican
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|Rating=Center
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|Fullname=John Shimkus
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|Lastname=Shimkus
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Shimkus is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/john_shimkus/400373 ''Gov Track'' "Shimkus" Accessed May 22, 2012]</ref>
 
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
 
Shimkus is a lifelong resident of Collinsville, [[Illinois]]. Shimkus earned his bachelor's degree at the United States Military Academy. After serving his five-year Army commitment, he entered the reserves, retiring in 2008 as a lieutenant colonel.<ref name="biography"> [http://shimkus.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=52&sectiontree=52 ''Congressman John Shimkus'' "Biography" Accessed November 4, 2011] </ref>
 
Shimkus is a lifelong resident of Collinsville, [[Illinois]]. Shimkus earned his bachelor's degree at the United States Military Academy. After serving his five-year Army commitment, he entered the reserves, retiring in 2008 as a lieutenant colonel.<ref name="biography"> [http://shimkus.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=52&sectiontree=52 ''Congressman John Shimkus'' "Biography" Accessed November 4, 2011] </ref>
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==Career==
 
==Career==
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*2013-Present: [[United States House of Representatives]], [[Illinois' 15th congressional district]]
 
*2003-2013: [[United States House of Representatives]], [[Illinois' 19th congressional district]]<ref name="biography"/>
 
*2003-2013: [[United States House of Representatives]], [[Illinois' 19th congressional district]]<ref name="biography"/>
 
*1997-2003: [[United States House of Representatives]], Illinois' 20th congressional district
 
*1997-2003: [[United States House of Representatives]], Illinois' 20th congressional district
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===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
 
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2012/03/mitt-romney-announces-support-illinois-congressman-john-shimkus ''Mitt Romney for President,'' "Mitt Romney Announces the Support of Illinois Congressman of John Shimkus," March 18, 2012]</ref>
 
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://www.mittromney.com/news/press/2012/03/mitt-romney-announces-support-illinois-congressman-john-shimkus ''Mitt Romney for President,'' "Mitt Romney Announces the Support of Illinois Congressman of John Shimkus," March 18, 2012]</ref>
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===Coal-fired power plants===
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Shimkus and [[U.S. House|Reps.]] [[Rodney Davis (Illinois)|Rodney Davis]] (R) and [[William Enyart]] (D) criticized President [[Barack Obama|Obama's]] plans announced June 25, 2013 to make sharp cuts in carbon emissions by using the federal Environmental Protection Agency to impose tougher restrictions on coal-fired power plants.<ref name="coal">[http://www.bnd.com/2013/06/25/2670521/enyart-blasts-white-house-plans.html ''BND.com'' "War on coal? Local congressmen blast White House plans to cut carbon pollution" Accessed June 27, 2013]</ref> The three [[Congress|congressmen]] harshly criticized the stricter rules proposed by [[Barack Obama|Obama]] as job-killers that will "needllessly spike electricity costs for consumer."<ref name="coal"/>
  
 
===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
According to Shimkus' website, his campaign themes included:
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====2012====
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According to Shimkus' website, his campaign themes included:<ref>[http://www.volunteersforshimkus.org/issues/ ''Shimkus for Congress'' "Issues" Accessed December 30, 2011] </ref>
 
* Spending: "...supports a balanced budget achieved through discretionary spending cuts, mandatory spending reforms, and pro-growth tax policies."
 
* Spending: "...supports a balanced budget achieved through discretionary spending cuts, mandatory spending reforms, and pro-growth tax policies."
 
* Jobs: "...Supports opening new markets for American-made goods across the globe through Free Trade Agreements."
 
* Jobs: "...Supports opening new markets for American-made goods across the globe through Free Trade Agreements."
 
* Energy: "...supports coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear as essential components of America’s energy infrastructure while we allow the free-market to foster the growth in wind, solar and other renewables."<ref>[http://www.volunteersforshimkus.com/index-2.html ''Volunteers for Shimkus'', "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012]</ref>
 
* Energy: "...supports coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear as essential components of America’s energy infrastructure while we allow the free-market to foster the growth in wind, solar and other renewables."<ref>[http://www.volunteersforshimkus.com/index-2.html ''Volunteers for Shimkus'', "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012]</ref>
===Specific votes===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
{{Support vote}}
 
Shimkus voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
 
==Elections==
 
===2012===
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
 
 
Shimkus defeated Democrat [[Angela Michael]].<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/illinois/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Illinois"]</ref> Shimkus was running in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012|Illinois']] [[Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2012|15th District]]. Shimkus had sought the nomination on the [[Republican]] ticket. <ref name="source">[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandList.aspx?SearchType=Type+Of+Office&ListType=RESULTS+OF+SEARCH+BY+TYPE+OF+OFFICE&ElectionID=32&ElectionType=GP&ElectionDate=3%2f20%2f2012&OfficeTypeSearchType=Matches&OfficeType=REPRESENTATIVE+IN+CONGRESS&QueryType=CANDIDATE&StatusSearchType=Matches&Status=&OrderBy=ORDER+BY+tblOffices.BallotGroup%2c+OfficeSequence%2cPartySequence%2cFileDateTime%2c+vwCandidates.Sequence%2c+LotteryLastName%2c+LotteryFirstName ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011] </ref> The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.
 
 
Shimkus ran unopposed in the [[Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2012|Republican primary]] on March 20, 2012. He faced [[Angela Michael]] in the general election on November 6, 2012.
 
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===2010===
 
On November 2, 2010, Shimkus won re-election to the [[United States House of Representatives]]. He defeated Tim Bagwell ([[Democratic|D]]) in the general election.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
 
 
{{Election box 2010
 
|Chamber= U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 19th Congressional District
 
|party1= Republican
 
|party2= Democratic
 
|winner1 = John Shimkus
 
|Inc1 = Y
 
|candidate2 = Tim Bagwell
 
|votes1 = 166166
 
|votes2 = 67132
 
}}
 
 
==Campaign Themes==
 
Shimkus' major [http://www.volunteersforshimkus.org/issues/ campaign themes] include:<ref>[http://www.volunteersforshimkus.org/issues/ ''Shimkus for Congress'' "Issues" Accessed December 30, 2011] </ref>
 
 
*Abortion Issues
 
*Abortion Issues
 
*Budgetary, Spending, and Tax Issues
 
*Budgetary, Spending, and Tax Issues
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*Welfare and Poverty Issues
 
*Welfare and Poverty Issues
  
==Campaign donors==
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===Specific votes===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Support vote}}
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Shimkus voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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==Elections==
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
{{Campaign finance reports
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:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
|Name =John Shimkus (2012)<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H2IL20042 ''FEC Reports'' "John Shimkus Summary Reports" Accessed July 13, 2012]</ref>
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|Political Party =Republican
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Shimkus defeated Democrat [[Angela Michael]] in the general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/house/illinois/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map, Illinois"]</ref> Shimkus was running in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012|Illinois']] [[Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2012|15th District]]. Shimkus ran on the [[Republican]] ticket. <ref name="source">[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandList.aspx?SearchType=Type+Of+Office&ListType=RESULTS+OF+SEARCH+BY+TYPE+OF+OFFICE&ElectionID=32&ElectionType=GP&ElectionDate=3%2f20%2f2012&OfficeTypeSearchType=Matches&OfficeType=REPRESENTATIVE+IN+CONGRESS&QueryType=CANDIDATE&StatusSearchType=Matches&Status=&OrderBy=ORDER+BY+tblOffices.BallotGroup%2c+OfficeSequence%2cPartySequence%2cFileDateTime%2c+vwCandidates.Sequence%2c+LotteryLastName%2c+LotteryFirstName ''Illinois State Board of Elections'' "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011] </ref> The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections|signature filing deadline]] was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.
|Report 1 =Pre-Primary<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/pdf/371/12950682371/12950682371.pdf#navpanes=0 ''FEC Reports'' "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 13, 2012]</ref>
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|Date 1 =March 8, 2012
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Shimkus ran unopposed in the [[Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2012|Republican primary]] on March 20, 2012. He defeated [[Angela Michael]] in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Beginning Balance 1 =1374248.34
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|Total Contributions 1 =  90949.68
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|Expenditures 1=167515.04
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===Full history===
|Cash on Hand 1 =130682.98
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{{Collapsible history section
|Report 2 =April Quarterly<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/pdf/764/12951591764/12951591764.pdf#navpanes=0 ''FEC Reports'' "April Quarterly" Accessed July 13, 2012]</ref>
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|Type = electoral
|Date 2 =April 13, 2012
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|Name = John Shimkus
|Beginning Balance 2 =1300682.98
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|Content =  
|Total Contributions 2 =188495.94
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<big>'''2010'''</big>
|Expenditures 2=161329.21
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|Cash on Hand 2 =1327849.71
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|Report 3 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/015/12952444015/12952444015.pdf#navpanes=0 ''FEC Reports'' "July Quarterly" Accessed October 3, 2012]</ref>
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<big>'''2008'''</big>
|Date 3 =July 14, 2012
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|Beginning Balance 3 =1327849.71
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|Total Contributions 3 =251171.01
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<big>'''2006'''</big>
|Expenditures 3=190470.69
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|Cash on Hand 3 =1388550.03
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|Report 4 =October Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/573/12954339573/12954339573.pdf ''FEC Reports'' "October Quarterly" Accessed November 23, 2012]</ref>
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<big>'''2004'''</big>
|Date 4 =October 11, 2012
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|Beginning Balance 4 =1388550.03
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|Total Contributions 4 =344986.89
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<big>'''2002'''</big>
|Expenditures 4=633609.51
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|Cash on Hand 4 =1099927.41
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{{Ildis19genelecbox02}}
|Report 5 =Pre-General<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/145/12961027145/12961027145.pdf ''FEC Reports'' "Pre-General" Accessed November 23, 2012]</ref>
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|Date 5 =October 25, 2012
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|Beginning Balance 5 =1099927.41
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|Total Contributions 5 =39479
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|Expenditures 5=110996.59
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|Cash on Hand 5 =1028409.82
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}}
 
}}
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==Campaign donors==
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{{Comprehensive donor history
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|Name=Shimkus
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|year=2000
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|Editdate=April 5, 2013
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00004961&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "John Shimkus" Accessed April 5, 2013]</ref>
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|party=Republican
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|totalraised2012=2107579
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|result2012=Won
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|office2012=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 15th congressional district|District 15]])
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|totalraised2010=1845128
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|result2010=Won
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|office2010=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 19th congressional district|District 19]])
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|totalraised2008=1333108
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|result2008=Won
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|office2008=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 19th congressional district|District 19]])
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|totalraised2006=1212017
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|result2006=Won
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|office2006=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 19th congressional district|District 19]])
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|totalraised2004=1071896
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|result2004=Won
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|office2004=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, [[Illinois' 19th congressional district|District 19]])
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|totalraised2002=1848115
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|result2002=Won
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|office2002=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, District 20)
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|totalraised2000=843987
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|result2000=Won
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|office2000=[[U.S. House]] (Illinois, District 20)
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}}
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===2012===
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[[File:John Shimkus 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Shimkus's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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Shimkus won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Shimkus's campaign committee raised a total of $2,107,579 and spent $2,384,832.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00004961&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "John Shimkus 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013]</ref>
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{{Congress donor box 2012
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 15th Congressional District
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|party =  Republican
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|total raised = $2,107,579
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|total spent = $2,384,832
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|opponent raised =  $10,219
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|opponent spent = $10,094
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|org1 = Murray Energy
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|org2 = Exelon Corp
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|org3 =  National Assn of Broadcasters
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|org4 =  Abbott Laboratories
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|org5 =  Ameren Corp
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|orgdonor1 =  $16,909
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|orgdonor2 = $13,000
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|orgdonor3 = $11,000
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|orgdonor4 =  $10,000
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|orgdonor5 =  $10,000
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|ind1 =  Health Professionals
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|ind2 =Pharmaceuticals/Health Products
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|ind3 =  Electric Utilities
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|ind4 = Oil & Gas
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|ind5 = Mining
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|inddonor1 =  $192,600
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|inddonor2 =  $142,300
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|inddonor3 = $135,500
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|inddonor4 = $115,500
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|inddonor5 = $79,659
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|}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Ideology and leadership===
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Shimkus paid his congressional staff a total of $1,162,756 in 2011.  He ranks 5th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 29th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/477/Rep_John_Shimkus.html LegiStorm "John Shimkus"]</ref>
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====2012====
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Shimkus is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]," as of June 17, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/john_shimkus/400373 ''Gov Track'' "Shimkus" Accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>
  
===Net worth===
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===National Journal vote ratings===
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Shimkus' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between  $49,010  and $1,129,997. That averages to $589,503.50, which is lower than  the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004961&year=2010''OpenSecrets.org'', "Shimkus, (R-Illinois), 2010"]</ref>
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====2012====
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Shimkus ranked 192nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013]</ref>
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====2011====
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Shimkus ranked 189th in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
===Political Positions===
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===Voting with party===
====Percentage voting with party====
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====2013====
 
{{Congress vote percent
 
{{Congress vote percent
 
|name=John Shimkus
 
|name=John Shimkus
 
|party=Republican
 
|party=Republican
|percent=91
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|percent=92.4%
|rank=167
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|rank=206th
|total=242
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|total=233
 
|chamber=House
 
|chamber=House
|year=November 2011
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|year=June 2013
 
|RHouse=Y
 
|RHouse=Y
 
}}
 
}}
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===Lifetime missed votes===
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::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Shimkus missed 299 of 11,058 roll call votes from Jan 1997 to Mar 2013.  This amounts to 2.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/john_shimkus/400373 ''GovTrack,'' "John Shimkus," Accessed April 1, 2013]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
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::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Shimkus paid his congressional staff a total of $1,162,756 in 2011.  He ranks 5th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 29th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011.  Overall, [[Illinois]] ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/477/Rep_John_Shimkus.html LegiStorm "John Shimkus"]</ref>
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Shimkus' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $113,010 and $1,179,998. That averages to $646,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 9.67% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004961&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Shimkus (R-Ill), 2011"]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Shimkus' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between  $49,010  and $1,129,997. That averages to $589,503.50, which is lower than  the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004961&year=2010''OpenSecrets.org'', "Shimkus, (R-Illinois), 2010"]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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*[http://shimkus.house.gov/ Official House website]
 
*[http://shimkus.house.gov/ Official House website]
 
*[http://www.volunteersforshimkus.org/ Official campaign website]
 
*[http://www.volunteersforshimkus.org/ Official campaign website]
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John Shimkus
John Shimkus.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 15
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDavid D. Phelps (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,261,830
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 19th congressional district
2003-2013
U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 20th congressional district
1997-2003
Treasurer of Madison County, Illinois
1991-1997
Education
Bachelor'sUnited States Military Academy, Concordia University Irvine
Master'sSouthern Illinois University Edwardsville
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1980-1986
Service branchUnited States Army Reserves
Years of service1986-2008
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 21, 1958
Place of birthCollinsville, Illinois
ProfessionHigh School Teacher
Net worth$646,504
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Shimkus campaign logo
John Mondy Shimkus (born February 21, 1958 in Collinsville, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' 15th congressional district. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2002.

Shimkus won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Shimkus previously represented the 19th district of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 to 2013 and the 20th district from 1997 to 2003.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Shimkus is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.

Biography

Shimkus is a lifelong resident of Collinsville, Illinois. Shimkus earned his bachelor's degree at the United States Military Academy. After serving his five-year Army commitment, he entered the reserves, retiring in 2008 as a lieutenant colonel.[2]

Shimkus earned a teaching certificate from Christ College Irvine (now Concordia University Irvine) and began teaching at Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville, Illinois. He earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1987.[2]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Shimkus serves on the following committees:[3]

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy Chair
    • Subcommittee on Health

2011-2012

Shimkus served on the following committees:[4]

  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
    • Subcommittee on Communications and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Energy and Power
    • Subcommittee on Environment and Economy Chair
    • Subcommittee on Health

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John Shimkus endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Coal-fired power plants

Shimkus and Reps. Rodney Davis (R) and William Enyart (D) criticized President Obama's plans announced June 25, 2013 to make sharp cuts in carbon emissions by using the federal Environmental Protection Agency to impose tougher restrictions on coal-fired power plants.[6] The three congressmen harshly criticized the stricter rules proposed by Obama as job-killers that will "needllessly spike electricity costs for consumer."[6]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Shimkus' website, his campaign themes included:[7]

  • Spending: "...supports a balanced budget achieved through discretionary spending cuts, mandatory spending reforms, and pro-growth tax policies."
  • Jobs: "...Supports opening new markets for American-made goods across the globe through Free Trade Agreements."
  • Energy: "...supports coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear as essential components of America’s energy infrastructure while we allow the free-market to foster the growth in wind, solar and other renewables."[8]
  • Abortion Issues
  • Budgetary, Spending, and Tax Issues
  • Campaign Finance and Government Reform Issues
  • Crime Issues
  • Education Issues
  • Employment Issues
  • Environment and Energy Issues
  • Gun Issues
  • Health Issues
  • Immigration Issues
  • International Aid, International Policy, and International Trade Issues
  • National Security Issues
  • Social Issues
  • Social Security Issues
  • Welfare and Poverty Issues

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Shimkus voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 85 Republicans that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Elections

2012

See also: Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2012

Shimkus defeated Democrat Angela Michael in the general election.[10] Shimkus was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 15th District. Shimkus ran on the Republican ticket. [11] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012.

Shimkus ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. He defeated Angela Michael in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois District 15 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Shimkus Incumbent 68.6% 205,775
     Democratic Angela Michael 31.4% 94,162
Total Votes 299,937
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shimkus is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Shimkus raised a total of $10,261,830 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[17]

John Shimkus's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 15) Won $2,107,579
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 19) Won $1,845,128
2008 U.S. House (Illinois, District 19) Won $1,333,108
2006 U.S. House (Illinois, District 19) Won $1,212,017
2004 U.S. House (Illinois, District 19) Won $1,071,896
2002 U.S. House (Illinois, District 20) Won $1,848,115
2000 U.S. House (Illinois, District 20) Won $843,987
Grand Total Raised $10,261,830

2012

Breakdown of the source of Shimkus's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Shimkus won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Shimkus's campaign committee raised a total of $2,107,579 and spent $2,384,832.[18]

2010

Breakdown of the source of Shimkus's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Shimkus won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Shimkus's campaign committee raised a total of $701,350 and spent $538,031 .[19]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

2012

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Shimkus is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 17, 2013.[20]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Shimkus ranked 192nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[21]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Shimkus ranked 189th in the conservative rankings.[22]

Voting with party

2013

John Shimkus voted with the Republican Party 92.4% of the time, which ranked 206th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[23]

Lifetime missed votes

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Shimkus missed 299 of 11,058 roll call votes from Jan 1997 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 2.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[24]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Shimkus paid his congressional staff a total of $1,162,756 in 2011. He ranks 5th on the list of the highest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 29th overall of the highest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[25]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Shimkus' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $113,010 and $1,179,998. That averages to $646,504, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 9.67% from 2010.[26]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Shimkus' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $49,010 and $1,129,997. That averages to $589,503.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[27]

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Personal

Shimkus and his wife, Karen, were married in 1987 when she moved to Collinsville, Illinois. They have three sons - David, Joshua, and Daniel. They reside in Collinsville, Illinois.[4]

External links


References

  1. ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Congressman John Shimkus "Biography" Accessed November 4, 2011
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. 4.0 4.1 John Shimkus U.S. House of Representatives "About John" Accessed November 4, 2011
  5. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces the Support of Illinois Congressman of John Shimkus," March 18, 2012
  6. 6.0 6.1 BND.com "War on coal? Local congressmen blast White House plans to cut carbon pollution" Accessed June 27, 2013
  7. Shimkus for Congress "Issues" Accessed December 30, 2011
  8. Volunteers for Shimkus, "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  11. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "John Shimkus" Accessed April 5, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "John Shimkus 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "John Shimkus 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
  20. Gov Track "Shimkus" Accessed June 17, 2013
  21. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  24. GovTrack, "John Shimkus," Accessed April 1, 2013
  25. LegiStorm "John Shimkus"
  26. OpenSecrets.org, "Shimkus (R-Ill), 2011"
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Shimkus, (R-Illinois), 2010"
Political offices
Preceded by
David D. Phelps
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 19
2003–Present
Succeeded by
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U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 20
1997-2003
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Treasurer of Madison County, Illinois
1991-1997
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Trustee of Collinsville Township
1989-1990
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