He was previously the representative for Illinois’s 19th congressional district as a Republican from 2003 to 2012; and the representative for Illinois’s 20th congressional district as a Republican from 1997 to 2002.
Read our 2018 Report Card for Shimkus.
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 from Jan 6, 2015 to Sep 20, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
John Shimkus sits on the following committees:
Shimkus was the primary sponsor of 15 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 2576 (114th): Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
- H.R. 3262 (114th): To provide for the conveyance of land of the Illiana Health Care System of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Danville, Illinois.
- H.R. 2426 (114th): To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to easing regulatory burden with respect to certain class I and class II devices.
- H.R. 1407 (113th): Animal Drug User Fee Amendments of 2013
- H.R. 2629 (112th): Next Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act of 2011
- H.R. 1287 (109th): Designating the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 312 East North Avenue in Flora, Illinois, as the “Robert T. Ferguson Post Office Building.”
- H.R. 389 (108th): Automatic Defibrillation in Adam’s Memory Act
Does 15 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Shimkus sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Shimkus’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.Res. 300: Expressing support for the designation of August 23, 2019, as Black Ribbon Day ...
- H.R. 6294: REVAMP Act
- H.R. 5804: Post-Surgical Injections as an Opioid Alternative Act
- H.R. 4842: Streamlining Permitting to Enable Efficient Deployment of Broadband Infrastructure Act of 2018
- H.R. 3935: BOOST Primary Care Act
- H.R. 3053: Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2018
- H.R. 1639: Physical Therapist Workforce and Patient Access Act of 2017
From Jan 1997 to Sep 2019, Shimkus missed 414 of 15,248 roll call votes, which is 2.7%. This is on par with the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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