John Shimkus

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John Shimkus
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 15th Congressional District
Date of primaryMarch 20, 2012
General electionNovember 6, 2012
Current office
U.S. House, Illinois, District 19
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 12
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 20th congressional district
Treasurer of Madison County, Illinois
Trustee of Collinsville Township
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
Date of birthFebruary 21, 1958
Place of birthCollinsville, Illinois
ProfessionHigh School Teacher
Office website
Campaign website
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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' 19th congressional district. Shimkus is a 2012 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 15th Congressional District of Illinois.

Shimkus ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Shimkus is a "rank-and-file Republican".[2]


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.[3]

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.[3]


Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives


Shimkus serves on the following committees:[4]


Presidential preference


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

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



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

Shimkus is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 15th District. Shimkus is seeking the nomination on the Republican ticket. [6] 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 will face Angela Michael in the general election on November 6, 2012.


On November 2, 2010, Shimkus won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tim Bagwell (D) in the general election.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 19th Congressional District, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Shimkus Incumbent 71.2% 166,166
     Democratic Tim Bagwell 28.8% 67,132
Total Votes 233,298

Campaign Themes

Shimkus' major campaign themes include:[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

Campaign donors


John Shimkus (2012)[9] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[10]March 8, 2012$1,374,248.34$90,949.68$(167,515.04)$130,682.98
April Quarterly[11]April 13, 2012$1,300,682.98$188,495.94$(161,329.21)$1,327,849.71
Running totals


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 .[12]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[14]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

John Shimkus voted with the Republican Party 91 of the time, which ranked 167 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[15]

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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.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
David D. Phelps
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Treasurer of Madison County, Illinois
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Trustee of Collinsville Township
Succeeded by