Candidate Bio: John Shimkus - 15th District - FOX 35 News Orlando

Candidate Bio: John Shimkus - 15th District

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John Shimkus is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois' 15th Congressional District against Democrat Angela Michael.

Shimkus is a lifelong resident of Collinsville, Illinois and is currently serving his eighth term in Congress representing the 19th district (as a result of redistricting, the 19th district is now known as the 15th district).

Shimkus is a Republican who has endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

The 15th district is one of the largest districts, covering areas of Eastern Illinois.

On the Issues

Abortion: John is an outspoken defender of the right to life, opposing abortion except in the rare case the mother's life is in danger. He has voted consistently to stop taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood to pay for abortions. Read more...

Budget, Spending, and Taxes: John knows Washington doesn't have a revenue problem -- it has a spending problem. That's why he supports a balanced budget achieved through discretionary spending cuts, mandatory spending reforms, and pro-growth tax policies. John also supports giving the president line-item veto authority to cut wasteful spending from appropriations bills. Read more...

Education: As a former high-school civics teacher, John understands the challenges in America's education system. While he supports the goals of No Child Left Behind, he also recognizes the program's shortcomings. Read more...

Jobs and Economy: The Obama Administration told us that if we passed the stimulus, unemployment wouldn't top 8%. Not only were they flat wrong, but unemployment has held above 8% for over 40 months. It's clear we need a new approach if we are to get our economy back on the right track. Read more...

Energy and Environment: John is a leading voice in Washington for an "All of the Above" energy policy. He supports coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear as essential components of America's energy infrastructure while we allow the free-market to foster the growth in wind, solar and other renewables. Read more...


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