Shimkus says he will retire from Congress

Congressman John Shimkus, a Collinsville Republican who has held office since 1997, says he will retire.

Shimkus announced Friday he will not seek re-election for Illinois’s 15th Congressional District next year.

Shimkus said while his tenure in Congress has been “an honor of a lifetime” he is looking to spend more time with his family.

“As Illinois candidates begin to circulate petitions next week, now is the time for me to announce that I will not be seeking re-election,” he said in a statement.

“It has been the honor of my lifetime to be asked by the people of Illinois to represent them in our nation’s capitol. Each day I have tried to do this as best as I possibly could, and my success lies squarely at the feet of my incredible staff in Illinois and Washington, D.C.

“I will leave the political field knowing that I have served honorably and, with the help of many, accomplished a lot for my constituents, our state, and our nation.

“Serving in Congress has been a blessing, but it has also been a sacrifice for my wife Karen, and our boys. Now young men, David, Joshua and Daniel continue to make me proud. I regret the times I have been away from the four of them and thank them for their constant love and support.

“My family and I thank you for allowing us the honor to serve. Our dedication to our country, our state, our church, and our community will not waiver as we embark on the next chapter of life. God bless you, and God bless America.”

The 61-year-old officeholder sits on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. He would have been the most senior member of the panel eligible to be chairman if Republicans retake the House in 2020.

A longtime protege, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, released the following statement on the retirement.

“Illinois and Congress are losing one of the best members I know. I had the pleasure of working for and learning from John Shimkus for 16 years. He taught me the importance of constituent service and making the federal government work for the people you represent. John has served the people of Southern Illinois honorably for more than 20 years and it’s been my honor to serve alongside him in Congress for the last six. While he will be greatly missed in Washington, I know Karen and his sons David, Joshua, and Daniel will be happy to have him home.”

 

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