Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Announces Staff Changes

Apr 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) today announced recent staff departures, promotions and hires in his Washington, DC office.

“Most of my staff members, both in Washington and in Illinois, have been with me for many years.” Shimkus said. “I’m grateful to have such a loyal and knowledgeable team of policy, press and administrative professionals to help me best represent and serve my constituents.”

Leaving Team Shimkus after 13 years is Greta Joynes, who served as the congressman’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. Earlier this month Joynes accepted a position on the government relations team at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

“As new innovations and technologies have made telecommunications one of the most complex and fastest changing areas of public policy in a generation, Greta has always been on top of the latest issues and developments,” Shimkus said. “Her depth of experience and keen insight into that space is well known in Washington, and I wish her all the best in her new role.”

Taking over Joynes’ legislative portfolio for Congressman Shimkus is Jordan Haverly. First hired by Shimkus in 2006, Haverly will continue to serve as Communications Director in addition to advising the congressman on telecommunications, financial services, and tax policy.

Other recent staff changes include Chase Clanahan, who was promoted to Legislative Assistant last month. Clanahan will manage a legislative portfolio that includes agriculture, defense, labor, transportation and infrastructure policy. Additionally, Flavio Cardon, who has been with the congressman since 2005, will now handle foreign policy; and Molly Harris, the congressman’s executive assistant, will add education policy to her responsibilities.

Meredith Blanford, who last month turned over her Staff Assistant duties to newly hired Ari Kirsh, will take on a new role as Communications Assistant.

“These changes represent the biggest staff shuffle ever in my Washington office,” added Shimkus. “Each one of these young men and women have proven themselves capable of taking on greater responsibilities, and I’m excited to watch them grow into their new roles on my team.”

Chris Sarley will continue to serve as the congressman’s Policy Director, handling energy, environment and health care policy; and Craig Roberts will continue as Chief of Staff.