Shimkus Sworn in for New Term

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Published on January 3 2013 9:11 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Congressman John Shimkus was sworn into office on the floor of the US House of Representatives Thursday afternoon along with all members of Congress.  Shimkus will be representing the new 15th District, serving 33 counties in Illinois.

In Illinois, Shimkus plans to have offices in Effingham, Maryville, Danville and Harrisburg.  The local office will be located downtown in the Effingham County Office Building.  Locations, hours, telephone numbers and the rest 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.

Shimkus serves on the US 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 US Military Academy, a teaching certificate from Concordia University Irvine, and his MBA from SIU Edwardsville.

Shimkus, his wife Karen and three sons live in Collinsville.  They attend Holy Cross Lutheran Church.