John Shimkus

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John Shimkus
John Shimkus.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 15
In office
January 3, 2003-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois' 19th congressional district
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
John Shimkus campaign logo
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.

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


Shimkus serves on the following committees:[4]

  • 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


Shimkus served on the following committees:[5]

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


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. [6]

Campaign themes

According to Shimkus' website, his campaign themes included:

  • 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."[7]

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.[8]



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

Shimkus defeated Democrat Angela Michael.[9] Shimkus was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 15th District. Shimkus had sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. [10] 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 faced 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"


On November 2, 2010, Shimkus won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. He defeated Tim Bagwell (D) in the general election.[11]

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:[12]

  • 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)[13] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Pre-Primary[14]March 8, 2012$1,374,248.34$90,949.68$(167,515.04)$130,682.98
April Quarterly[15]April 13, 2012$1,300,682.98$188,495.94$(161,329.21)$1,327,849.71
July Quarterly[16]July 14, 2012$1,327,849.71$251,171.01$(190,470.69)$1,388,550.03
October Quarterly[17]October 11, 2012$1,388,550.03$344,986.89$(633,609.51)$1,099,927.41
Pre-General[18]October 25, 2012$1,099,927.41$39,479$(110,996.59)$1,028,409.82
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 .[19]


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.[20]

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.[21]

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. Shimkus ranked 189th in the conservative rankings.[22]

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.[23]

Recent news

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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.[5]

External links


  1. ABC News 7 "Election Results Primary 2012" Accessed March 20, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Shimkus" Accessed May 22, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Congressman John Shimkus "Biography" Accessed November 4, 2011
  4., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  5. 5.0 5.1 John Shimkus U.S. House of Representatives "About John" Accessed November 4, 2011
  6. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces the Support of Illinois Congressman of John Shimkus," March 18, 2012
  7. Volunteers for Shimkus, "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  10. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  12. Shimkus for Congress "Issues" Accessed December 30, 2011
  13. FEC Reports "John Shimkus Summary Reports" Accessed July 13, 2012
  14. FEC Reports "Pre-Primary" Accessed July 13, 2012
  15. FEC Reports "April Quarterly" Accessed July 13, 2012
  16. FEC Reports "July Quarterly" Accessed October 3, 2012
  17. FEC Reports "October Quarterly" Accessed November 23, 2012
  18. FEC Reports "Pre-General" Accessed November 23, 2012
  19. Open Secrets "John Shimkus 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
  20. LegiStorm "John Shimkus"
  21., "Shimkus, (R-Illinois), 2010"
  22. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  23. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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