Come filing time, you never know who will be roaming the state Capitol – like a couple of downstate Republican Congressmen.
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville), notorious for reversing his own term-limit pledge, is completing his tenth term. “Twenty years – and I'm really getting my first shot, if I am successful, at being chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee,” Shimkus says. “It takes you twenty years if you want to be a chairman! Of course, Energy and Commerce Committee deals with health care, telecommunications, energy; all big issues to the nation and also to the state of Illinois.”
Challenging Shimkus is State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon).
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“It is different to be in the majority,” says freshman U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro), a longtime state lawmaker, “and I do believe that there are certain things we can accomplish. It's a shame that the Commander-in-Chief doesn't work with us in a better bipartisan manner.”
Bost adds there is bipartisanship within Congress.