John Shimkus

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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
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, Illinois
ProfessionHigh School Teacher
Net worth$646,504
ReligionLutheran
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
John Shimkus campaign logo
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.

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's 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 returned to work on July 17, 2013.[3][4]

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:[5]

  • 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:[6]

  • 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. [7]

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.[8] The three congressmen harshly criticized the stricter rules proposed by Obama as job-killers that will "needllessly spike electricity costs for consumer."[8]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Shimkus' website, his campaign themes included:[9]

  • 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."[10]
  • 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.[11]

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois' 15th congressional district elections, 2014

Shimkus is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election.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.[12] Shimkus was running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 15th District. Shimkus ran on the Republican ticket. [13] 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.[19]

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's reports.[20]

John Shimkus (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]4/15/2013$860,929.98$203,224.02$(107,575.08)$956,578.92
July Quarterly[22]7/15/2013$956,578.92$355,177.19$(307,086.94)$1,004,669.17
Running totals
$558,401.21$(414,662.02)

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.[23] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[24]

Cost per vote

Shimkus spent $11.59 per vote received in 2012.

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 .[25]

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.[26]

Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress, tracks whom from each party each member of Congress votes most and least often with.[27]

Shimkus most often votes with:

Shimkus least often votes with:

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.[28]

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.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

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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.[6]

On July 9, 2013 Shimkus's 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 will need some time to recover and so will miss 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.[3]

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. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. 6.0 6.1 John Shimkus U.S. House of Representatives "About John" Accessed November 4, 2011
  7. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces the Support of Illinois Congressman of John Shimkus," March 18, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 BND.com "War on coal? Local congressmen blast White House plans to cut carbon pollution" Accessed June 27, 2013
  9. Shimkus for Congress "Issues" Accessed December 30, 2011
  10. Volunteers for Shimkus, "Issues," Accessed October 4, 2012
  11. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. Politico "2012 Election Map, Illinois"
  13. Illinois State Board of Elections "Candidate List" Accessed December 27, 2011
  14. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  15. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "John Shimkus" Accessed April 5, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "John Shimnkus 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 24, 2013
  21. Federal Election Commission "April Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission "July Quarterly" Accessed July 24, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "John Shimkus 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  24. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "John Shimkus 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Shimkus" Accessed June 17, 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Rep. Jo Shimkus," Accessed August 1, 2013
  28. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  29. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  30. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  31. GovTrack, "John Shimkus," Accessed April 1, 2013
  32. LegiStorm "John Shimkus"
  33. OpenSecrets.org, "Shimkus (R-Ill), 2011"
  34. OpenSecrets.org, "Shimkus, (R-Illinois), 2010"
Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy V. Johnson (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 15
2013–Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
David D. Phelps
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 19
2003–2013
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois, District 20
1997-2003
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Treasurer of Madison County, Illinois
1991-1997
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Trustee of Collinsville Township
1989-1990
Succeeded by
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