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John Shimkus


Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th district
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2003
Preceded by David D. Phelps

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 20th district
In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Richard J. Durbin
Succeeded by District Eliminated

Born February 21, 1958 (1958-02-21) (age 51)
Collinsville, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Karen Shimkus
Residence Collinsville, Illinois
Alma mater US Military Academy, Southern Illinois University
Occupation High school teacher
Religion Lutheran

John Mondy Shimkus (born February 21, 1958), American politician of Lithuanian descent, has been a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1997, representing Illinois's 19th congressional district (map). He was born in Collinsville, Illinois. Shimkus earned his bachelor's degree at West Point Military Academy. Shimkus then attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and received a Master's of Business Administration.

As a graduate of West Point, he was a member of the United States Army and was a high school teacher at a local Lutheran school. Mr. Shimkus has served as Madison County, IL Treasurer as a Republican before entering the House of Representatives. Before being elected County Treasurer, Shimkus was involved in local politics in his hometown and county where he still resides today.

Shimkus announced in September 2005 that he would run for reelection in 2008, despite making a pledge when first elected in 1996 not to stay in office for more than 12 years. "It was a mistake at the time," he said about his 1996 campaign promises. "Unless everyone plays by the same rules, term limits don't make sense." Congressman Shimkus was reelected by a large margin in 2008.

FEC records show that the John S. Fund, the PAC for John Shimkus, contributed to former Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in 2005. The fund also made contributions to Peter Roskam, a Republican candidate for the House from Illinois's 6th district, from 2005 to 2008 and to David McSweeney, a Republican candidate for the House from Illinois's 8th district, in 2006.[1][2][3] Recently the funds treasurer, lobbyist Mark Valente, resigned. Shimkus earlier said he was considering removing Valente, but he didn't want to act too quickly because it might suggest there was something improper about their relationship.[4]

Contents

Committee assignments

2006 House page scandal

Earlier official photo of Shimkus

Shimkus said that in late 2005 he learned — through information passed along by the office of Representative Rodney Alexander (R-La) — about an e-mail exchange in which Foley asked about the well-being of a former page, from Alexander's district, after Hurricane Katrina, and requested a photograph."[5] Shimkus and Jeff Trandahl, the Clerk of the House, responsible for administering the program, met with Foley in 2005 after learning of the emails. Foley was ordered to cease all contact with the former page and assured Shimkus he would do so.

Shimkus did not share the information with Rep. Dale E. Kildee, the only Democrat on the three-person Page Committee,[6] or Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va), the other Republican. "I became aware of it this afternoon [September 29th] when [Shimkus] came by my office. I think we should have had a page meeting right away," Kildee said, referring to the 2005 discovery of Foley's e-mails. When asked if he was upset about being excluded, Kildee said yes, adding, "I've been on the page board for 20 years."

"I'm the chairman of the page board," Shimkus said when asked why he didn't include Kildee. "The Clerk and I addressed this issue." Shimkus said on October 2 that "I think, based on the information I had, what I did was fine. If I regret something, maybe I should have had Dale [Kildee] with me because now it’s going to be a political football."[7]

Shimkus was also quick to point out that he was the only person who took any action to confront Foley in any manner, including media, the FBI, and others on the Republican leadership.[8]

Mr. Shimkus spoke with the current house pages the evening of the news break. He came with the Clerk of the House and Ms. Capito (fellow board members). In his dialog, he talked to the pages about how adults make bad choices. He encouraged the pages to talk to mentors in the system about any concerns they might have. He also told the pages that he had not known anything about the scandal, and that if he had known about it, he would have acted. He later came out with information that he had known about e-mails sent by Mr. Foley to young pages.

Controversy

In May 2007, Shimkus was ridiculed on many blogs for comparing the war in Iraq, during a speech on the floor of the House, to a baseball game between "my beloved St. Louis Cardinals" and "the much despised Chicago Cubs."[9] On September 9, 2009, Shimkus was criticized for walking out while President Barack Obama was delievering a speech to a joint session of the House and Senate. When asked why he walked out, Shimkus' spokesperson noted that the congressman was frustrated by the tone of the speech. Shimkus' actions were overshadowed by an earlier outburst, during the same speech, when Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) yelled "you lie" at the President. [10] [11] [12]

Comments on Global Warming

On March 25, 2009, in introductory remarks made to Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley during a United States House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and Environment hearing, Shimkus had this to say on the role of carbon dioxide in global warming:

"It's plant food ... So if we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere? ... So all our good intentions could be for naught. In fact, we could be doing just the opposite of what the people who want to save the world are saying."

In a later hearing in which a theologian and leaders of the Lutheran church were invited to testify as witnesses, Shimkus quoted from the Biblical flood narrative: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood, and never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." Referring to this account, he went on to state:

"...the earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over. Man will not destroy this earth. This earth will not be destroyed by a flood.... I appreciate having panelists here who are men of faith, and we can get into the theological discourse of that position, but I do believe God’s word is infallible, unchanging, perfect. Today we have about 388 parts per million in the atmosphere. I think in the age of dinosaurs, when we had the most flora and fauna, we were probably at 4,000 parts per million. There is a theological debate that this is a carbon-starved planet — not too much carbon. And the cost of a cap-and-trade on the poor is now being discovered."

[13] [14]

Electoral history

The 20th district was disbanded after the 2000 census, which is why Shimkus faced David D. Phelps, incumbent of the 19th district, in the 2002 election.

Illinois's 20th congressional district: Results 1992, 1996–2000[15]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1992 Richard J. Durbin 154,869 57% John Shimkus 119,219 43%
1996 Jay C. Hoffman 119,688 50% John Shimkus 120,926 50% *
1998 Rick Verticchio 76,475 39% John Shimkus 121,103 61%
2000 Jeffrey S. Cooper 94,382 37% John Shimkus 161,393 63%
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1996, write-ins received 4 votes.
Illinois's 19th congressional district: Results 2002–2008[15]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2002 David D. Phelps 110,517 45% John Shimkus 133,956 55%
2004 Tim Bagwell 94,303 31% John Shimkus 213,451 69%
2006 Danny L. Stover 92,861 39% John Shimkus 143,491 61%
2008 Daniel Davis 104,908 33% John Shimkus 202,373 64% Troy Dennis Green 6,654 2%

See also

References

  1. ^ [1]
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  4. ^ Meinert, Dori. Lobbyist who raised funds for Shimkus resigns, The State Journal-Register, March 9, 2006
  5. ^ "Sixteen-Year-Old Who Worked as Capitol Hill Page Concerned About E-mail Exchange with Congressman". Associated Press. September 29, 2006. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/09/29/national/w123452D40.DTL&type=politics. Retrieved 2006-08-18.  
  6. ^ "Michigan Dem who oversees pages was kept in the dark". The Detroit News. 2006-10-02. http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061002/POLITICS/610020338/1022. Retrieved 2006-10-02.  
  7. ^ Scott Finn, "E-mail case ‘disgusting,’ says Capito, 1 of 3 in House who oversee pages", Charleston Gazette, October 2, 2006
  8. ^ Deirdre Shesgreen (October 26, 2006). "If Hastert resigns, Shimkus may suffer from the fallout". San Jose Mercury News. Archived from the original on Oct 26, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061026070948/http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/15680059.htm. Retrieved 6 April 2009.  
  9. ^ William Neikirk (2007-05-02). "Shimkus beaned for likening Iraq to Cubs-Cards game". Sun-Sentinel. http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/blog/2007/05/shimkus_beaned_for_likening_ir.html. Retrieved 2007-10-27.  
  10. ^ http://www.bnd.com/breaking_news/story/918027.html
  11. ^ Shimkus walked on Obama: 'Frustrated' Mark Silva, The Chicago Tribune, September 10, 2009
  12. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/10/rep-john-shimkus-walked-o_n_282563.html
  13. ^ Doster, Adam (2009-03-27). "Shimkus: Capping C02 Emissions Will "Take Away Plant Food"". Progress Illinois. http://www.progressillinois.com/2009/3/27/shimkus-carbon-emissions-plant-food. Retrieved 2009-04-16.  
  14. ^ Schoenburg, Bernard (2009-04-02). "Bernard Schoenburg: Shimkus’ food for thought at hearing prompts snickers". The State Journal-Register. http://www.sj-r.com/archive/x180621374/Bernard-Schoenburg-Shimkus-food-for-thought-at-hearing-prompts-snickers. Retrieved 2009-04-16.  
  15. ^ a b "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/index.html. Retrieved 2008-01-10.  

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard J. Durbin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 20th congressional district

1997– 2003
District eliminated
Preceded by
David D. Phelps
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 19th congressional district

2003 – present
Incumbent
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