John Shimkus was elected to the U.S. House in 1996, defeating Democrat Jay Hoffman by 1,253 votes. Shimkus was re-elected in 1998, defeating Democrat Rick Verticchio with 61 percent of the vote.
In 2000, Shimkus won re-election with 63 percent of the vote, beating Democratic challenger, Jeffrey Cooper.
He was re-elected in 2002 with 55 percent of the vote.
He was elected a Collinsville (Ill.) Township Trustee in 1989, and in 1990 was elected Madison County Treasurer, the first Republican county office holder elected in 10 years. He was re-elected in 1994.
Shimkus ran for Congress against incumbent Democratic Rep. Richard Durbin in 1992, but was defeated by Durbin, who is now a U.S. Senator.
Shimkus received 43 percent of the vote in the general election.