John Shimkus has dedicated his life to public service. John has served in the Army, as a high school teacher, and as a county treasurer, and is proud to serve as your Representative for the 15th District of Illinois.
His public service began when he graduated from West Point in 1980. After attending Airborne and Ranger school, John went on to serve as a U.S. Army infantry officer for six years followed by serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. John has always stayed true to his common-sense conservative principles.
John is not afraid to stand up for Southern Illinois values.
Republicans have sped legislation through the House to expand their massive new tax law, capping their session for the year as they rush out of… read more
John believes that government interference does not create jobs and that in order to have employees, you must have employers. It’s time for the government to get out of the way and continue to roll back the onerous rules and regulations that impede job creation by making it harder for businesses to grow. Removing the…Read More
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created relief for families all across America. Middle-class Illinoisans deserve to keep their hard-earned money, not send it to Washington. John is ready to build on the successes of tax reform by making our relief permanent, and further simplifying the tax code. It is unacceptable that the tax code…Read More
Government spending is out of control. In Washington, both Republicans and Democrats continue to present overblown budgets. Enough is enough. It’s time for Washington to start living by the same rules as American families and live within its means. He voted for the Balanced Budget Act, the Budget Control Act, and other measures to reduce…Read More
It is time to walk away from the Obama’s failed experiment with our healthcare system. Obamacare failed to live up to its basic promises. Policies have been cancelled. Premiums continue to increase. John believes that our efforts should be focused on market-oriented ideas, not government control. That is why he supports expanding eligibility for Health…Read More
Southern Illinois is known for its agriculture, fueling not only our state, but the country. It is important that the agriculture sector is strong and that we protect our farmers’ ability to manage their farms without burdensome government regulations. After all, they know farming better than Washington does. The first bill John passed addressed the…Read More
John supports a diversified, all-of-the-above energy strategy. John supports developing energy at home to create jobs, reduce costs for businesses and families, and reduce our reliance on unstable foreign regions. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, John is a strong advocate for Illinois’ oil, coal and agricultural products. He has supported…Read More
As a military veteran himself, John has a special appreciation for the men and women who have stood up to selflessly defend our nation. Veterans deserve high quality and timely care when they return home. That is why John has supported legislation to hold Veterans Affairs officials accountable and to improve veterans’ care by allowing…Read More
National Security threats are real both at home and abroad. As a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a U.S. Army veteran, John understands the need for a strong, well-funded military. Finally, after years of unacceptable policies from the previous administration, President Trump is sending our troops the resources they…Read More
As a Christian and as a Father, John knows that life begins at conception. From the very beginning, to the very end, life is always worth defending. The unborn are quite literally the most vulnerable in our society. Without a voice of their own, they rely on us to advocate to create a culture that…Read More
Our nation’s Founding Fathers made it a point to secure the right to bear arms for American citizens to protect themselves and their families against threats and government tyranny. Americans need a way to defend themselves, and the Second Amendment makes that possible. John has sought to defend this basic Constitutional right throughout his career…Read More