John Mondy Shimkus (born February 21, 1958) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 15th congressional district, since 1997. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district was numbered as the 20th from 1997 to 2003 and the 19th from 2003 to 2013.
The district includes much of the southern portion of the state, including a portion of the Metro-East, which is the Illinois side of the St. Louis area.
Shimkus is a lifelong resident of Collinsville, a suburb of St. Louis. He is the son of Kathleen N. (née Mondy) and Gene L. Shimkus. His paternal grandfather was of Lithuanian descent. While in the Army, he earned the Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger tab, and Parachutist Badge as well as served overseas with the 54th Infantry Regiment in West Germany.
He first ran for office in 1989, when he was elected a Collinsville Township trustee. A year later, he was elected as Madison County treasurer—the first Republican elected to a countywide post in 10 years. In 1994, he became the first Republican to be reelected as county treasurer in 60 years...
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