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|First elected = November 5, 1996
 
|First elected = November 5, 1996
 
|Term limits = N/A
 
|Term limits = N/A
|Next primary = March 18, 2014
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|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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|Birthday = February 21, 1958
 
|Birthday = February 21, 1958
|Place of birth = Collinsville, Illinois
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|Place of birth = Collinsville, IL
 
|Net worth = $733,504.50
 
|Net worth = $733,504.50
 
|Profession = High School Teacher
 
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{{tnr}}'''John Mondy Shimkus''' (b. 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.
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{{tnr}}'''John Mondy Shimkus''' (b. February 21, 1958 in Collinsville, IL) 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.<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>
  
 
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"/>
 
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"/>
  
On July 9, 2013, Shimkus' office released a press statement saying that he was recovering from non-surgical heart procedures, after noticing an abnormal heartbeat.<ref name="heart"/> He underwent an electrophysiology test, followed by an ablation at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and needed some time to recover, but returned to work on July 17, 2013.<ref name="heart"/><ref>[http://www.bnd.com/2013/07/17/2697328/shimkus-back-to-work-after-heart.html ''BND.com'' "Shimkus back to work after heart procedure" accessed July 30, 2013]</ref>
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On July 9, 2013, Shimkus' office released a press statement saying that he was recovering from non-surgical heart procedures, after noticing an abnormal heartbeat.<ref name="heart">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/john-shimkus-undergoes-heart-procedure-93914.html#ixzz2YeUzCOMB ''Politico'', "John Shimkus undergoes heart procedure," accessed July 10, 2013]</ref> He underwent an electrophysiology test followed by an ablation at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and needed some time to recover, but he returned to work on July 17, 2013.<ref name="heart"/><ref>[http://www.bnd.com/2013/07/17/2697328/shimkus-back-to-work-after-heart.html ''BND.com'', "Shimkus back to work after heart procedure" accessed July 30, 2013]</ref>
  
 
He {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.<ref name="ilushouse">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/IL_US_House_0318.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014]</ref> {{Nov2014genelection}}
 
He {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.<ref name="ilushouse">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/IL_US_House_0318.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014]</ref> {{Nov2014genelection}}
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==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>
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Shimkus is a lifelong resident of Collinsville, [[Illinois|IL]]. 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 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.<ref name="biography"/>
 
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.<ref name="biography"/>
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**Subcommittee on Health
 
**Subcommittee on Health
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Legislative actions===
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====113th Congress====
 
====113th Congress====
  
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====National security====
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===National security===
=====DHS Appropriations=====
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====DHS Appropriations====
{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/246/john-shimkus/?p=1#.Ulg2f1N0I7I ''Project Votesmart'', "John Shimkus Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013]</ref>
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{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/246/john-shimkus/?p=1#.Ulg2f1N0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "John Shimkus Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013]</ref>
  
=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
 
{{Oppose vote}} Shimkus voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Oppose vote}} Shimkus voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====CISPA (2013)=====
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====CISPA (2013)====
 
{{Neutral vote}} Shimkus did not vote on HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Neutral vote}} Shimkus did not vote on HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c113:4:./temp/~c113vMEvNq:e679: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====NDAA=====
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====NDAA====
 
{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Economy====
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===Economy===
=====Farm bill=====
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====Farm bill====
 
{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Shimkus}}
 
{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Shimkus}}
  
=====2014 Budget=====
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====2014 Budget====
 
{{House Budget 2014 GOP Yes|Name=Shimkus}}
 
{{House Budget 2014 GOP Yes|Name=Shimkus}}
  
=====Government shutdown=====
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====Government shutdown====
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
{{Support vote}} On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Shimkus voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Support vote}} On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Shimkus voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
{{Support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Shimkus voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Support vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Shimkus voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
 
=====Coal-fired power plants=====
 
=====Coal-fired power plants=====
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"/>
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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"/>
  
====Immigration====
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===Immigration===
=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
 
{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Healthcare====
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===Healthcare===
=====Healthcare Reform Rules=====
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
 
{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
  
=====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act=====
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====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act====
 
{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013.  The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185.  The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Support vote}} Shimkus voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013.  The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185.  The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Social issues====
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===Social issues===
=====Amash amendment=====
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====Amash amendment====
 
{{Oppose vote}} Shimkus voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217.  The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.  Both parties were split on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
 
{{Oppose vote}} Shimkus voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217.  The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act.  Both parties were split on the vote.<ref name="votes"/>
  
====Previous congressional sessions====
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===Previous congressional sessions===
=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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====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 1 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>
 
{{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 1 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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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s020_100.gif|right|290px|thumb|John Shimkus's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Shimkus is a '''Hard-Core Conservative.''' Shimkus received a score of 16 percent on social issues and 96 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Shimkus|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://House.OnTheIssues.org/IL/John_Shimkus.htm ''On The Issues'', "John Shimkus Vote Match," accessed July 2, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Opposes
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|Marriage=Strongly Opposes
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|God= Strongly Favors
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|ObamaCare=Opposes
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|Social Security= Strongly Favors
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|School Choice= Strongly Favors
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|Animals=Favors
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|Crime= Favors
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Strongly Favors
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|United Nations=Strongly Favors
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|Military=Favors
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|Campaign Funds=Favors
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|Iran=Opposes
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|Energy=Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana=Strongly Favors
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|Stimulus=Strongly Opposes
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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>
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{{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," accessed March 18, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Campaign themes===
 
===Campaign themes===
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
According to Shimkus' website, his campaign themes included:<ref>[http://www.volunteersforshimkus.org/issues/ ''Shimkus for Congress'' "Issues" accessed December 30, 2011] </ref>
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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."
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:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 15th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Illinois' 15th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
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.
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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," accessed 2012]</ref> Shimkus ran 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.
  
 
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.
 
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.
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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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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00004961&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "John Shimkus," accessed April 5, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Republican
 
|party=Republican
 
|totalraised2012=2107579
 
|totalraised2012=2107579
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===2014===
 
===2014===
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shimkus' reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00258855 ''Federal Election Commission'', "John Shimnkus 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shimkus' reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00258855 ''Federal Election Commission'', "John Shimnkus 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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===2010===
 
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[[File:John Shimkus 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Shimkus' campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
 
[[File:John Shimkus 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Shimkus' 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' campaign committee raised a total of $701,350  and spent $538,031 .<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?CID=N000049618 ''Open Secrets'', "John Shimkus 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 4, 2011]</ref>
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Shimkus won re-election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Shimkus' campaign committee raised a total of $701,350  and spent $538,031.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?CID=N000049618 ''Open Secrets'', "John Shimkus 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 4, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Shimkus's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $162,011 and $1,304,998. That averages to '''$733,504.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Shimkus ranked as the 236th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004961&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Shimkus, (R-IL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Shimkus' calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> percentage increase was not meaningful. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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====2012====
 
====2012====
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 ''GovTrack'', "Shimkus" accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>
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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 ''GovTrack'', "Shimkus," accessed June 17, 2013]</ref>
  
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400373_John_Shimkus ''OpenCongress,'' "Rep. Jo Shimkus," accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400373_John_Shimkus ''OpenCongress'', "Rep. Jo Shimkus," accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
 
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Shimkus missed 299 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 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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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Shimkus missed 299 of 11,058 roll call votes from January 1997 to March 2013.  This amounts to 2.7 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.2 percent 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>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
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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 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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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 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," accessed 2012]</ref>
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Shimkus's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $162,011 and $1,304,998. That averages to '''$733,504.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Shimkus ranked as the 236th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004961&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Shimkus, (R-IL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref>
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==Personal==
 
==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]].<ref name="about"> [http://www.volunteersforshimkus.org/about/ ''John Shimkus U.S. House of Representatives'' "About John" accessed November 4, 2011] </ref>
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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]].<ref name="about"> [http://www.volunteersforshimkus.org/about/ ''John Shimkus U.S. House of Representatives'', "About John," accessed November 4, 2011] </ref>
  
On July 9, 2013, Shimkus' office released a press statement saying that he was recovering from nonsurgical heart procedures, after noticing an abnormal heartbeat.<ref name="heart"/> He underwent an electrophysiology test, followed by an ablation at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.<ref name="heart"/> He will need some time to recover and so will miss [[U.S. House|House]] activities for approximately a week, as well as the hearing in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, which he chairs, but is expected to return to work July 15, 2013.<ref name="heart">[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/john-shimkus-undergoes-heart-procedure-93914.html#ixzz2YeUzCOMB ''Politico'', "John Shimkus undergoes heart procedure" accessed July 10, 2013]</ref>
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On July 9, 2013, Shimkus' office released a press statement saying that he was recovering from nonsurgical heart procedures, after noticing an abnormal heartbeat.<ref name="heart"/> He underwent an electrophysiology test, followed by an ablation at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.<ref name="heart"/> He needed some time to recover and missed [[U.S. House|House]] activities for approximately a week, as well as the hearing in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, which he chairs. Shimkus returned to work July 17, 2013.<ref name="heart"/>
  
 
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John Shimkus
John Shimkus.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 15
Incumbent
In office
1997-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 17
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDavid D. Phelps (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$11.59 in 2012
First electedNovember 5, 1996
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, IL
ProfessionHigh School Teacher
Net worth$733,504.50
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Shimkus campaign logo
John Mondy Shimkus (b. February 21, 1958 in Collinsville, IL) 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]

On July 9, 2013, Shimkus' office released a press statement saying that he was recovering from non-surgical heart procedures, after noticing an abnormal heartbeat.[3] He underwent an electrophysiology test followed by an ablation at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and needed some time to recover, but he returned to work on July 17, 2013.[3][4]

He ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[5] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

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, IL. 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:[6][7]

  • 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:[8]

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

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[9] For more information pertaining to Shimkus's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Shimkus voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[11]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Shimkus voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Neutral/Abstain Shimkus did not vote on HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[12] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Shimkus voted in favor of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[13] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[14][15] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[15] Shimkus voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[16][17] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[17] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[18] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Shimkus voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[16]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[19] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[20] Shimkus voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[21]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[22] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Shimkus voted for HR 2775.[23]

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.[24] The three congressmen harshly criticized the stricter rules proposed by Obama as job-killers that will "needllessly spike electricity costs for consumer."[24]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Shimkus voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Shimkus voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[11]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Shimkus voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[11]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Shimkus voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[11]

Previous congressional sessions

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 1 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.[25]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

John Shimkus's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Shimkus is a Hard-Core Conservative. Shimkus received a score of 16 percent on social issues and 96 percent on economic issues.[26]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[27]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[26]

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. [28]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Shimkus' website, his campaign themes included:[29]

  • 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."[30]
  • 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

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 15th Congressional District elections, 2014

Shimkus ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[5] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Illinois' 15th Congressional District elections, 2012

Shimkus defeated Democrat Angela Michael in the general election.[31] Shimkus ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 15th District. Shimkus ran on the Republican ticket.[32] 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.[38]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Shimkus' reports.[39]

John Shimkus (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2013$860,929.98$203,224.02$(107,575.08)$956,578.92
July Quarterly[41]July 15, 2013$956,578.92$355,177.19$(307,086.94)$1,004,669.17
October Quarterly[42]October 13, 2013$1,004,669.17$186,928.01$(209,444.54)$982,152.64
Year-end[43]January 14, 2014$982,152$176,703$(128,902)$1,029,953
Pre-Primary[44]March 6, 2014$1,029,953$77,333$(67,749)$1,039,537
April Quarterly[45]April 15, 2014$1,039,537$241,978$(150,651)$1,130,864
July Quarterly[46]July 15, 2014$1,130,864.00$344,651$(333,907.00)$1,141,997.00
Running totals
$1,585,994.22$(1,305,315.56)

2012

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

Shimkus won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Shimkus' campaign committee raised a total of $2,107,579 and spent $2,384,832.[47] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[48]

Cost per vote

Shimkus spent $11.59 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Shimkus' 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' campaign committee raised a total of $701,350 and spent $538,031.[49]

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Shimkus's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $162,011 and $1,304,998. That averages to $733,504.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Shimkus ranked as the 236th most wealthy representative in 2012.[50] Between 2004 and 2012, Shimkus' calculated net worth[51] percentage increase was not meaningful. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[52]

John Shimkus Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$743,846
2012$733,504
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-1%
Average annual growth:-0%[53]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[54]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.[55]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[56]

Shimkus most often votes with:

Shimkus least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2012

Shimkus ranked 192nd in the conservative rankings in 2012.[57]

2011

Shimkus ranked 189th in the conservative rankings.[58]

Voting with party

2013

John Shimkus voted with the Republican Party 92.4 percent of the time, which ranked 206th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[59]

Lifetime voting record

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 January 1997 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.7 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[60]

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 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.[61]

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.[8]

On July 9, 2013, Shimkus' office released a press statement saying that he was recovering from nonsurgical heart procedures, after noticing an abnormal heartbeat.[3] He underwent an electrophysiology test, followed by an ablation at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.[3] He needed some time to recover and missed House activities for approximately a week, as well as the hearing in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, which he chairs. Shimkus returned to work July 17, 2013.[3]

Recent news

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See also

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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Politico, "John Shimkus undergoes heart procedure," accessed July 10, 2013
  4. BND.com, "Shimkus back to work after heart procedure" accessed July 30, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 Associated Press, "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
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  8. 8.0 8.1 John Shimkus U.S. House of Representatives, "About John," accessed November 4, 2011
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  10. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Project Vote Smart, "John Shimkus Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  12. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  13. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
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  23. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 BND.com, "War on coal? Local congressmen blast White House plans to cut carbon pollution," accessed June 27, 2013
  25. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 On The Issues, "John Shimkus Vote Match," accessed July 2, 2014
  27. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  28. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces the Support of Illinois Congressman of John Shimkus," accessed March 18, 2012
  29. Shimkus for Congress, "Issues," accessed December 30, 2011
  30. Volunteers for Shimkus, "Issues," accessed October 4, 2012
  31. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois," accessed 2012
  32. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 27, 2011
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
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  39. Federal Election Commission, "John Shimnkus 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 24, 2013
  42. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  43. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 23, 2014
  45. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  46. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  47. Open Secrets, "John Shimkus 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  48. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  49. Open Secrets, "John Shimkus 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 4, 2011
  50. OpenSecrets, "Shimkus, (R-IL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  51. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  52. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  53. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  54. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  55. GovTrack, "Shimkus," accessed June 17, 2013
  56. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jo Shimkus," accessed August 1, 2013
  57. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  58. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  60. GovTrack, "John Shimkus," accessed April 1, 2013
  61. LegiStorm, "John Shimkus," accessed 2012
Political offices
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Timothy V. Johnson (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 15
2013–Present
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David D. Phelps
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 19
2003–2013
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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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