At a Glance
- Career History: Real- estate investment manager; Director of development, Petersien Companies of Peoria (2007); Illinois House (2005-2008); Peoria Board of Education (2001-2005); founder, GarageTek
- Birthday: May 28, 1981
- Hometown: Morris, Minn.
- Alma Mater: Bradley University, B.S., 2001
- Spouse: Single
- Religion: Baptist
- Committees: Small Business; Transportation and Infrastructure; Oversight and Government Reform.
- DC Office: 509 Cannon House Office Building, 202-225-6201
Path to Power
Born in Minnesota in 1981, Schock was raised in Peoria, Ill., where his father is a practicing doctor.
Schock has been interested in politics ever since he was a child. "Even when he was little, he'd sit with the adults and talk about adult issues," said Tania Hoerr, his older sister.
Through May 2010, Schock voted with House Republicans 92.1 percent of the time.
Unlike his predecessor, LaHood, Schock opposed an Obama administration plan to move Guantanamo Bay detainees to the Thomson Correctional Center, 150 miles away from Chicago. In a December 2009 TV appearance, Schock also said said waterboarding and other forms of torture should not be ruled out to extract information from terrorists.
Schock pinpointed Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) early as both a friend in Congress and a potential mentor, saying in December 2007 the relationship would "bode well ... in terms of my ability to be effective."
Shimkus told reporters at the time that Schock has "been able to reach voters that have historically not been really excited about the Republican Party or our message. ... We need new blood and freshness and Aaron brings that."