John Shimkus Committee Assignments 1

John M. Shimkus has served in the Army, as a high school teacher, a county treasurer, and now as a Member of the United States House of Representatives for the 15th District of Illinois.

Among his duties in Congress, John is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and chairman of its Environment Subcommittee. He also serves on the Energy, Health, and Communications and Technology Subcommittees; a member of the Biotech, Wireless, NG9-1-1, Recycling, Coal, Steel, and Baltic Caucuses; in addition to representing the U.S. Congress in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. 

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Over the years, John has worked with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to advance policies that enhance our nation's energy security and public safety. Several of his legislative initiatives have been signed into law by Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama including the: 

  • 1998 law allowing for biodiesel fuel use in federal, state and private fleets. This bipartisan legislation has since made biodiesel more readily available at fuel pumps across the country. 

  • 1999 law designating 9-1-1 as the universal emergency number in the United States for mobile as well as landline telephones.

  • 2002 law requiring federal testing of children's booster seats. This legislation is also known as Anton's Law. 

  • 2002 law establishing an Internet domain that provided a safe place on the web for young children to surf and learn safely. The Department of Commerce acknowledged at the time that this was “an important and groundbreaking effort to give parents additional tools to protect their children in the dawning Internet era.” While new parental controls have since rendered the domain obsolete, John continues to stress online safety and a free and open Internet. 

  • 2003 law providing for the placement of heart defibrillators in schools.

  • 2004 law expanding federal grants for the deployment of equipment able to locate 9-1-1 callers from wireless devices. Building on this success, John has recently urged the FCC to ensure accurate caller location information is automatically provided to public safety officials for indoor as well as outdoor wireless calls to 9-1-1 call centers.

  • 2005 law requiring transportation fuel sold in the U.S. contains a minimum volume of renewable fuels. John’s tireless efforts in supporting biodiesel and ethanol were instrumental in the inclusion of this Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the Energy and Policy Act of 2005.  

  • 2008 law requiring Internet voice service companies to provide 9-1-1 service to their users. 

  • 2012 law to facilitate the delivery of voice, text, photos, video, and other data to 9-1-1 call centers.

  • 2016 law modernizing the Toxic Substances Control Act. 


John married Karen Muth in 1987. They have three sons:  David, Joshua and Daniel. The Shimkus family maintains their residence in John’s hometown of Collinsville, Illinois where they are active members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and School.

Education and Work History

John received his Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1980. He served over five years active duty in the Army, then entered the Army Reserves. John retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on June 1, 2008, concluding 28 years of military service. 

After leaving active duty, John earned his teaching certificate from Christ College Irvine, California (now Concordia University Irvine). He returned home to teach at Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville, Illinois.

In 1989 John won his first election, becoming a Collinsville Township trustee. He left his teaching job the following year to campaign full-time and was elected Madison County (Illinois) Treasurer. John began studies for his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) while county treasurer and graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1997.

In 1996 John won his first term as a United States Representative from what was then Illinois' 20th District. From 2003-2013 he represented the 19th District and now he represents the 15th District, 33 counties that stretch from his hometown near St. Louis to the Indiana border and from Hoopeston south to Metropolis. Danville is the largest city in the 15th District.


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Shimkus.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Shimkus is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Shimkus has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

John Shimkus sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Shimkus was the primary sponsor of 14 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Shimkus sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (64%)Science, Technology, Communications (18%)Environmental Protection (9%)International Affairs (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Shimkus’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Shimkus’s VoteVote Description
Aye H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
Yea H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Aye H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea H.R. 31 (111th): Lumbee Recognition Act
Jun 3, 2009. Passed 240/179.
Nay H.R. 2638 (110th): Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009
Sep 24, 2008. Passed 370/58.
Nay H.R. 3087 (110th): A bill to require the Secretary of Defense to submit to Congress reports on the status of ...
Oct 2, 2007. Passed 377/46.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1997 to Mar 2018, Shimkus missed 388 of 14,309 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.3% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Time PeriodVotes EligibleMissed VotesPercentPercentile
1997 Jan-Mar7100.0%0th
1997 Apr-Jun17400.0%0th
1997 Jul-Sep23200.0%0th
1997 Oct-Nov16300.0%0th
1998 Jan-Mar891415.7%89th
1998 Apr-Jun18500.0%0th
1998 Jul-Sep19900.0%0th
1998 Oct-Dec7400.0%0th
1999 Jan-Mar7700.0%0th
1999 Apr-Jun18421.1%27th
1999 Jul-Sep20400.0%0th
1999 Oct-Nov14600.0%0th
2000 Jan-Mar9511.1%21st
2000 Apr-Jun27700.0%0th
2000 Jul-Sep13000.0%0th
2000 Oct-Dec10122.0%18th
2001 Jan-Mar7522.7%55th
2001 Apr-Jun13532.2%50th
2001 Jul-Sep14910.7%26th
2001 Oct-Dec15300.0%0th
2002 Jan-Mar7900.0%0th
2002 Apr-Jun20331.5%34th
2002 Jul-Sep14100.0%0th
2002 Oct-Nov6100.0%0th
2003 Jan-Mar9400.0%0th
2003 Apr-Jun239114.6%80th
2003 Jul-Sep19310.5%18th
2003 Oct-Dec15132.0%32nd
2004 Jan-Mar1041110.6%83rd
2004 Apr-Jun22152.3%47th
2004 Jul-Sep16121.2%26th
2004 Oct-Dec5835.2%60th
2005 Jan-Mar9022.2%38th
2005 Apr-Jun272145.1%75th
2005 Jul-Sep14621.4%44th
2005 Oct-Dec16331.8%35th
2006 Jan-Mar81911.1%91st
2006 Apr-Jun27631.1%26th
2006 Jul-Sep15900.0%0th
2006 Nov-Dec27725.9%92nd
2007 Jan-Mar21373.3%72nd
2007 Apr-Jun393184.6%82nd
2007 Jul-Sep317247.6%92nd
2007 Oct-Dec26393.4%58th
2008 Jan-Mar1492315.4%94th
2008 Apr-Jun321123.7%61st
2008 Jul-Sep205125.9%78th
2008 Oct-Dec1500.0%0th
2009 Jan-Mar17442.3%51st
2009 Apr-Jun30310.3%9th
2009 Jul-Sep26883.0%71st
2009 Oct-Dec246124.9%75th
2010 Jan-Mar19584.1%62nd
2010 Apr-Jun21900.0%0th
2010 Jul-Sep15153.3%67th
2010 Nov-Dec9911.0%21st
2011 Jan-Mar21200.0%0th
2011 Apr-Jun28193.2%78th
2011 Jul-Sep24731.2%43rd
2011 Oct-Dec208199.1%91st
2012 Jan-Mar15142.6%63rd
2012 Apr-Jun29900.0%0th
2012 Jul-Sep152138.6%89th
2012 Nov-Dec5135.9%71st
2013 Jan-Jan500.0%0th
2013 Jan-Mar8900.0%0th
2013 Apr-Jun215125.6%83rd
2013 Jul-Sep2005125.5%98th
2013 Oct-Dec13753.6%70th
2014 Jan-Mar14800.0%0th
2014 Apr-Jun21900.0%0th
2014 Jul-Sep14710.7%28th
2014 Nov-Dec4900.0%0th
2015 Jan-Mar14400.0%0th
2015 Apr-Jun24441.6%58th
2015 Jul-Sep13910.7%34th
2015 Oct-Dec17700.0%0th
2016 Jan-Mar13721.5%32nd
2016 Apr-Jun20421.0%32nd
2016 Jul-Sep23220.9%42nd
2016 Nov-Dec4800.0%0th
2017 Jan-Mar20800.0%0th
2017 Apr-Jun13600.0%0th
2017 Jul-Sep19942.0%72nd
2017 Oct-Dec16753.0%65th
2018 Jan-Mar10100.0%0th

Primary Sources

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John Shimkus is pronounced:

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