Congressman John Shimkus

Representing the 15th District of Illinois


Press Releases

Jan 11, 2017 Press Release
The congressman nominates, and then the academies themselves make the final determination whether a nominee receives an appointment to attend that academy.
Jan 9, 2017 Press Release
Environment Subcommittee gets expanded jurisdiction over the Clean Air Act, including power plant emissions and renewable fuel policy
Congressman John Shimkus, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was selected to chair the panel’s Environment Subcommittee for another six-year term.
Jan 4, 2017 Press Release
The congressman’s district offices will collect valentines for distribution throughout the region to veterans and those currently serving in the military.
Jan 3, 2017 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus was sworn in today as a Member of the 115th Congress.
Dec 8, 2016 Press Release
“There is this media-driven myth that nothing good ever gets done on Capitol Hill anymore,” said Shimkus. “But if you look past the partisan bickering and hyped-up controversies that grab headlines, I think most Americans would be surprised at what the 114th Congress actually accomplished.”
Nov 15, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a pair of statements into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing Lauren Chappell on her third IHSA Class 1A individual championship title, and the Charleston High School girls’ golf team for their first Class 1A State Championship title.
Nov 1, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released a correction to his comments Monday on KMOX.
Sep 28, 2016 Press Release
Families who lost loved ones to acts of international terrorism on American soil deserve the opportunity to seek damages from the foreign governments or officials who aided or abetted the terrorists.
Sep 23, 2016 Press Release
After three and a half years, eight interim directors, and multiple letters and inquiries from the region’s congressional delegation, I’m pleased to learn today that care for veterans served by the VA St. Louis Health Care System will finally be managed by a permanent director.
Sep 23, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) backed two House-passed bills this week to prohibit any future cash payments to Iran and to bring transparency to the Islamic Republic’s corrupt financial dealings
Sep 22, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) received the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award for his pro-jobs, pro-growth votes in the 114th Congress.
Sep 19, 2016 Press Release
"I’ll continue to stand up for the American workers, families and communities that rely on coal, and fight the radical environmental agenda that threatens their way of life.”
Sep 12, 2016 Press Release
After reviewing the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) latest set-top box proposal, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement.
Sep 8, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is now accepting submissions for this year’s Congressional App Challenge, a coding competition for high school students. The Challenge submission period will run through October 26, 2016.
Aug 30, 2016 Press Release
“As the school year begins, many students are thinking about what’s next. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, I am eager to provide information and assistance with nominations to the military academies,” said Shimkus.
Aug 24, 2016 Press Release
"Because of increasing premiums and high deductibles, people are paying more for less coverage than they did before, while the newly insured are facing limited, expensive choices on the exchanges."
Jul 14, 2016 Press Release
In June of 1973 a group of concerned residents came together to found Effingham County Right. Mrs. Koester has served as secretary of that group ever since.
Jul 14, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) entered a statement into the permanent Congressional Record recognizing the 175th Anniversary of Richland County, Illinois.
Jul 8, 2016 Press Release
“I am saddened and outraged by the most recent deaths in our country. I mourn with the families of all who have died. We must bring hope to our struggling cities and communities while protecting and supporting our law enforcement. Today is the time to weep, but tomorrow it’s time to get to work bringing our country back together.”
Jul 6, 2016 Press Release
The residents of Pope County began celebrating their county's bicentennial on January 10, 2016, and will hold a multitude of festivities throughout the rest of the year.
Jun 23, 2016 Press Release
In April, Shimkus voted to authorize the House of Representatives to take legal action in the case by filing an amicus brief with the court.
Jun 14, 2016 Press Release
The Salt Fork Storm posted 52 points to give the school its first ever Class 1A girls track state title on Saturday, May 21.
Jun 14, 2016 Press Release
There’s a better way to protect consumers from blocking and throttling without stifling innovation or delaying build-out. That way requires action by Congress.
Jun 14, 2016 Press Release
The Goreville Blackcats defeated Dozer Park 17–7 on June 4 to give the school the 2016 Class 1A baseball state title. Goreville’s 17 runs also set a new Class 1A record.
May 26, 2016 Press Release
Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has been selected to take part in a conference committee to reconcile differences between House and Senate energy legislation.
May 26, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) released the following statement after requesting the Congressional Record reflect that his vote on the Maloney Amendment, As Amended by Pitts Amendment was recorded incorrectly on the night of Wednesday, May 25:

May 25, 2016 Press Release
“Today’s decision is a stern rebuke of an FCC that has often put rural Americans at a disadvantage in their rulemaking. I’m particularly pleased the court struck down FCC’s joint sales agreement order that blatantly ignored the bipartisan intent of Congress.”
May 24, 2016 Press Release
Bipartisan, bicameral legislation brings the 40 year old Toxic Substances Control Act into the 21st Century
Legislation introduced by Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) to update the way the United States assesses and manages the risks posed by chemicals and the products that contain them passed the House.
May 18, 2016 Press Release
“The parishioners of St. Paul’s feel devoted to their parish and to each other, as generations have worshipped together as members of an extended family,” Shimkus said.
May 13, 2016 Press Release
"President Obama is abusing the power of his office to substitute his preferences for the wisdom and judgement of parents, teachers, principals and local school officials who know their students and communities best."