Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Shimkus Statement on the Passing of Bob Michel

Feb 17, 2017
Press Release

Maryville, Illinois – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), the senior Republican in the Illinois congressional delegation, released the following statement on the passing of former Congressman Bob Michel:

“Bob Michel will always be remembered on Capitol Hill and in ‘the people’s House’ he loved. An American patriot through and through, Bob’s decorated service in WWII helped shape his views as he went on to represent Illinois in Congress for nearly 40 years. He eschewed the hyper partisan rhetoric that has become all too common today, favoring instead a more collegial, bipartisan approach to policy making. Ever the statesman, Bob’s fair and empowering leadership style is a model we would all do well to imitate.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s many friends and family at this difficult time. I will greatly miss him.”