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Illinois's 15th congressional district

The 15th Congressional District of Illinois is located in eastern and southeastern Illinois. Republican John Shimkus represents the district. On August 30, 2019, Shimkus announced he would not seek re-election.

Illinois's 15th congressional district
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Illinois's 15th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Representative
  John Shimkus
RCollinsville
Area14,696 sq mi (38,060 km2)
Distribution
  • 48.6% urban
  • 51.4% rural
Population (2011 est.)715,066
Median income$52,527[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+21[2][3]

Contents

2011 redistrictingEdit

The congressional district covers parts of Bond, Champaign, Ford and Madison counties, and all of Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Massac, Moultrie, Pope, Richland, Saline, Shelby, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne and White counties. All or parts of Centralia, Charleston, Danville, Edwardsville, Effingham, Glen Carbon, Mattoon and Rantoul will be included.[4] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

2012 electionEdit

Republican John Shimkus, previously representing the 19th district,[5] was on the 2012 ballot for the 15th congressional district.[6] Angela Michael, a retired nurse and pro-life activist,[7] ran on a single-issue pro-life Democratic ticket.[8]

2016 electionEdit

Shimkus faced no opposition in the general election, after facing a challenge in the Republican primary from Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter, who Tea Party backing and funding from the Club for Growth.[9][10]

2018 electionEdit

Shimkus continues to loom large in the 15th, but finally faces credible (if not well-funded) Democratic opposition from a local teacher and former Obama campaign worker.[11]

History of district boundariesEdit

1873–2003Edit

[Data unknown/missing.]

2003 – 2013Edit

The district included the cities of Charleston, Urbana, Danville, and Champaign, and all or parts of Livingston, Iroquois, Ford, McLean, DeWitt, Champaign, Vermillion, Macon, Piatt, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie, Coles, Cumberland, Clark, Crawford, Lawrence, Wabash, Edwards, White, Saline, and Gallatin counties.

List of representativesEdit

District created March 4, 1873

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
  John R. Eden Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1879
43rd
44th
45th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Albert P. Forsythe Greenback March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
46th [Data unknown/missing.]
  Samuel W. Moulton Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
47th Redistricted to the 17th district
  Joseph G. Cannon Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1891
48th
49th
50th
51st
Redistricted from the 14th district
  Samuel T. Busey Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd Lost re-election
  Joseph G. Cannon Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
53rd Redistricted to the 12th district
  Benjamin F. Marsh Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
54th
55th
56th
Redistricted from the 11th district
  J. Ross Mickey Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1903
57th [Data unknown/missing.]
  George W. Prince Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Redistricted from the 10th district
  Stephen A. Hoxworth Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd [Data unknown/missing.]
  Edward J. King Republican March 4, 1915 –
February 17, 1929
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
Died
Vacant February 17, 1929 –
November 4, 1930
  Burnett M. Chiperfield Republican November 4, 1930 –
March 3, 1933
71st
72nd
[Data unknown/missing.]
  J. Leroy Adair Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
73rd
74th
[Data unknown/missing.]
  Lewis L. Boyer Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
75th Lost re-election
  Robert B. Chiperfield Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1949
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
Redistricted to the 19th district
  Noah M. Mason Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1963
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
Redistricted from the 12th district
  Charlotte T. Reid Republican January 3, 1963 –
October 7, 1971
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
Resigned to become member of the Federal Communications Commission
Vacant October 7, 1971 –
April 4, 1972
  Cliffard D. Carlson Republican April 4, 1972 –
January 3, 1973
92nd Elected in 1972

Retired
  Leslie C. Arends Republican January 3, 1973 –
December 31, 1974
93rd Redistricted from the 17th district

Resigned
  Tim Lee Hall Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1977
94th Elected in 1974

Lost re-election
  Tom Corcoran Republican January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1983
95th
96th
97th
Redistricted to the 14th district
  Edward R. Madigan Republican January 3, 1983 –
March 8, 1991
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Redistricted from the 21st district

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Vacant March 8, 1991 –
July 2, 1991
  Thomas W. Ewing Republican July 2, 1991 –
January 3, 2001
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
Retired
  Timothy V. Johnson Republican January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2013
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
First elected in 2000
Re-elected in 2002
Re-elected in 2004
Re-elected in 2006
Re-elected in 2008
Re-elected in 2010

Retired
  John Shimkus Republican January 3, 2013 –
Present
113th
114th
115th
116th
Redistricted from the 19th district
Re-elected in 2012
Re-elected in 2014
Re-elected in 2016
Re-elected in 2018

Election resultsEdit

1872–2010Edit

[Data unknown/missing.]

Voting in presidential electionsEdit

Year District winner and result
2000 Bush 54 - 42%
2004 Bush 58 - 41%
2008 McCain 55 - 43%[3]
2012 Romney 64 - 34%[3]
2016 Trump 71 - 25%

Living former Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 15th congressional districtEdit

As of May 2015, two former members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 15th congressional district are alive. The most recent representative to die was Tim Lee Hall (served 1975-1977) on November 12, 2008. The most recently serving representative to die was Edward Rell Madigan (served 1983-1991) on December 7, 1994.

Representative Term in office Date of birth (and age)
Thomas W. Ewing 1991 - 2001 (1935-09-19) September 19, 1935 (age 83)
Tim Johnson 2001 - 2013 (1946-07-23) July 23, 1946 (age 73)

Historical district boundariesEdit

 
2003 - 2013

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.census.gov/mycd/?st=17&cd=15
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Barone, Michael; McCutcheon, Chuck (2013). The Almanac of American Politics 2014. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 588–590. ISBN 978-0-226-10544-4. Copyright National Journal.
  4. ^ Illinois Congressional District 15, Illinois Board of Elections
  5. ^ "Congressman Shimkus Files for Re-Election in 15th Congressional District". WBJD Radio. December 23, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "2012 General Election Candidates" (PDF). Champaign County Clerk. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  7. ^ "IL-15: Fake Democrat running against GOP Rep. John Shimkus". dailykos.com.
  8. ^ Huchel, Brian L. (December 24, 2011). "Second candidate files in 15th Congressional District". Commercial-News. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  9. ^ capitolfax.com/2016/01/13/poll-has-shimkus-leading-mccarter-65-13/
  10. ^ "Will John Shimkus be the tea party's next victim? A new poll says 'Hell no!'". dailykos.com.
  11. ^ http://www.dailyregister.com/news/20180320/democrats-nominate-gaither-to-face-shimkus-in-15th-congressional-district

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