Shimkus Intention to Seek Re-Election
Shimkus Announces Intention to Seek Re-Election
“It is my intention to seek another term in the United States House of Representatives, if the citizens of the 15th District of Illinois will allow me that honor,” John Shimkus announced on November 4 and 5 at a series of stops throughout the district.
“The last year has been more dramatic and intense than nearly any other year that I have served,” he noted. “However, the issues discussed have been very important to the future of our nation – the fiscal future, the future of our individual rights, and the overall direction of government.
“I often say that Republicans only control one-half of one-third of the federal government. Can you imagine what the Democrats would do if they controlled the House in addition to the Senate in the President’s last two years in office? I know I don’t want to see that and thus ask for your support as I seek re-election.”
Shimkus and his family – wife Karen and sons David, Joshua, and Daniel – live in his hometown of Collinsville. They are members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served active duty for over five years and then in the Reserves till his retirement in 2008. He taught high school and was elected twice as Madison County Treasurer before being first elected to Congress in 1996. He also earned his Master in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
The 15th District now consists of 33 counties stretching from Ford and Vermilion counties on the north to Massac County at the most southern end of the state and from the Congressman’s home in the west to the Indiana border on the east.
Shimkus serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and because of its broad jurisdiction he is only allowed that one committee. He is chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, which handles nuclear waste, coal ash regulation, and chemical safety among other areas. In addition he serves on the Subcommittees on Energy and Power; Communications and Technology; and Health.
“Because of my committee assignment, I deal with energy issues nearly every day. I support an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which would include support for fracking to get our natural resources into the marketplace; support for the Keystone XL pipeline, which will increase the amount of Canadian crude already flowing into the 15th District; and support for renewable fuels,” Shimkus explained.
In addition, cabinet secretaries and other Administration officials regularly appear before the committee.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been questioned by Shimkus on several occasions, including getting her to admit that the Administration double counted $500 billion as both savings and spending under Obamacare and just last week questioned her about abortion coverage in Obamacare policies.
And former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Shimkus faced off several times.
“Our fiscal fight must also continue. Our total debt of nearly $17 trillion is unsustainable; we do not want to fall into the same situation as Greece,” he said. “Although an untold story is that due to sequestration, we have actually spent less on the discretionary budget the last two years and will fight to keep that direction.
“Our long-term fiscal issues though are the mandatory spending items of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. I believe we can find some common ground to fix them, but that may not be the end result this year,” Shimkus admitted.
The primary election is Tuesday, March 18, 2014, and the general election is on Tuesday, November 4, 2013.