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Congressman John Shimkus Takes Oath of Office as New 15th District Representative

By Will Doolin, WJBD News

Republican Congressman John Shimkus was sworn into office on the floor of the United States House of Representatives Thursday afternoon along with all Members of Congress.  Shimkus will be representing the new 15th District, serving 33 counties in Illinois, including Marion County.  

Shimkus says it is an honor to serve the people of Illinois and says it's not to be taken lightly.  He says his job has allowed him to witness events, meet people, and says he will continue to represent and serve the thousands of people in his new district.  

Shimkus plans to have four offices in Illinois, located in the cities of Maryville, Effingham, Danville, and Harrisburg.  Locations, hours, telephone numbers, etc. 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 is a graduate of West Point and an Army veteran.  He has his bachelor's degree in general engineering from the USMA, a teaching certificate from Concordia University-Irvine, and his MBA from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.  Shimkus, his wife Karen, and three sons live in Collinsville.  They attend Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

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