Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) was sworn into office on the floor of the United States House of Representatives this afternoon along with all Members of Congress. Shimkus will be representing the new 15th District, serving 33 counties of the State of Illinois.
"Having this privilege to serve the people as a Member of Congress is an honor that I do not take lightly," Shimkus said. "This job has allowed me to witness events and meet people I would not have otherwise been able to do.
"It also provides difficult moments like those earlier this week when hard decisions are required," he added.
"I also have the opportunity to help the people of this district by being their advocate when they have a problem with the federal government," Shimkus stated. "My staff has assisted thousands over the years, and I know that we will continue that same quality service in the new district."
In Illinois Shimkus plans to have offices in Maryville, Effingham, Danville, and Harrisburg. Locations, hours, telephone numbers, etc. will be announced once they are all fully operational.
In Washington Shimkus will continue to serve on the Energy and Commerce Committee. He will chair the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy and serve on three additional subcommittees Health, Communications and Technology, and Energy and Power.
"I love serving on this committee, as it has its roots in the Commerce Clause of the Constitution and was created back in 1795," Shimkus noted.
In the 113th Congress, Shimkus' subcommittee will continue to ensure that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy carry out the Nuclear Waste Policy Act; pass a bill to establish consistent national standards for coal ash that are implemented by the states; ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency does not attempt to intervene in regulation of oil and gas industry exploration through hydraulic fracturing which states have been successfully regulating on their own for many years; and continue oversight of the Department of Homeland Security's chemical facilities antiterrorism program.
As a graduate of West Point and Army veteran, Shimkus continues his involvement with the military and foreign affairs through his service on the United States Military Academy's Board of Visitors and as a delegate to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In addition, Shimkus is the Republican House co-chair of the Next Gen 911 Caucus, which deals with first responders and technology.
Shimkus has his bachelor's degree in general engineering from the USMA, a teaching certificate from Concordia University Irvine, and his MBA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Shimkus, his wife Karen, and three sons live in Collinsville. They attend Holy Cross Lutheran Church.