About John Shimkus
John M. Shimkus of Collinsville represents the 15th Congressional District of Illinois. He won his first election to Congress in 1996, in what was then the 20th District, by a narrow margin over State Representative Jay Hoffman. In 2002, running after redistricting in the 19th District, John defeated fellow Congressman David Phelps. He has won each subsequent election, including after redistricting into the 15th District in 2010, by a wide margin.
The Illinois 15th Congressional District includes all or part of 33 counties, making it geographically one of the largest districts east of the Mississippi River. The district, which borders Indiana and Kentucky, stretches from Danville in the north to Metropolis in the south and covers more than 14,500 square miles.
John is a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) and earned his MBA from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1997. He served as an Army infantry officer nearly six years in West Germany and at various bases in the United States before joining the reserves. In 2008, John retired from the military as a lieutenant colonel.
At his last duty station in California, John met his future wife Karen and, after active duty, earned a teaching certificate from Christ College Irvine, California (now Concordia University Irvine). He and Karen were married in 1987 when she moved to Collinsville. They have three sons - David, Joshua, and Daniel.
On Capitol Hill, John serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and as Chairman of its Subcommittee on the Environment and the Economy. As a senior member of this powerful committee, John has been instrumental in advancing legislation to make America energy independent through an “all of the above” energy policy, improve public safety through enhanced 9-1-1 services, and lower the cost of healthcare through market-driven, patient-centered reforms.
His conservative record has earned awards and endorsements from the National Right to Life Committee, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois Farm Bureau, ABATE, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the National Association of Manufacturers among others.