Illinois's 15th congressional district
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The 15th Congressional District of Illinois is located in eastern and southeastern Illinois. It is currently represented by Republican John Shimkus. On August 30, 2019, Shimkus announced that he would not seek re-election in 2020.
|Illinois's 15th congressional district|
Illinois's 15th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
|Area||14,696 sq mi (38,060 km2)|
|Population (2011 est.)||715,066|
The district has a Cook PVI rating of R+21, making it the most Republican district in Illinois and one of the most Republican in the Midwest. There are almost no Democrats elected above the county level, and Donald Trump carried over 70% of the district's vote in his 2016 presidential bid.
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. The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.
Republican John Shimkus, previously representing the 19th district, was on the 2012 ballot for the 15th congressional district. Angela Michael, a retired nurse and pro-life activist, ran on a single-issue pro-life Democratic ticket.
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.
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.
History of district boundariesEdit
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
Voting in presidential electionsEdit
|Year||District winner and result|
|2000||Bush 54 - 42%|
|2004||Bush 58 - 41%|
|2008||McCain 55 - 43%|
|2012||Romney 64 - 34%|
|2016||Trump 71 - 25%|
Living former MembersEdit
As of May 2015[update], 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||September 19, 1935|
|Tim Johnson||2001 - 2013||July 23, 1946|
Historical district boundariesEdit
- "Partisan Voting Index – Districts of the 115th Congress" (PDF). The Cook Political Report. April 7, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
- 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.
- Illinois Congressional District 15, Illinois Board of Elections
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- Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
- Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present
- 2002 Census of Agriculture - 15th Congressional District Profile
- District map
- Congressional district profiles
- Washington Post page on the 15th District of Illinois
- U.S. Census Bureau - 15th District Fact Sheet