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11/6/2013 2:30:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Shimkus seeks another term in Congress
COLLINSVILLE - "It is my intention to seek another term in the United States House of Representatives, if the citizens of the 15th District of Illinois will allow me that honor," John Shimkus announced Monday and Tuesday at a series of stops throughout the district.

Lawrence County and most of southeastern Illinois is in the 15th District.

"The last year has been more dramatic and intense than nearly any other year that I have served," he noted. "However, the issues discussed have been very important to the future of our nation - the fiscal future, the future of our individual rights, and the overall direction of government," Shimkus, who is seeking his 10th term in congress said.

Shimkus was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. He and his family - wife Karen and sons David, Joshua, and Daniel - live in his hometown of Collinsville.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served active duty for over five years and then in the Reserves till his retirement in 2008. He taught high school and was elected twice as Madison County Treasurer before being first elected to Congress in 1996. He also earned his Master in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The 15th District now consists of 33 counties stretching from Ford and Vermilion counties on the north to Massac County at the most southern end of the state and from the Congressman's home in the west to the Indiana border on the east.

Shimkus serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and because of its broad jurisdiction he is only allowed that one committee. He is chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, which handles nuclear waste, coal ash regulation, and chemical safety among other areas. In addition he serves on the Subcommittees on Energy and Power; Communications and Technology; and Health.

"Because of my committee assignment, I deal with energy issues nearly every day. I support an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which would include support for fracking to get our natural resources into the marketplace; support for the Keystone XL pipeline, which will increase the amount of Canadian crude already flowing into the 15th District; and support for renewable fuels," Shimkus explained.

In addition, cabinet secretaries and other Administration officials regularly appear before the committee.

The primary election is Tuesday, March 18, 2014, and the general election is on Tuesday, November 4, 2013.


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