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|
Illinois's 15th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
|Area||14,696 sq mi (38,060 km2)|
|Population (2011 est.)||715,066|
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.
History of district boundaries
2003 – 2013
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 representatives
District created March 4, 1873
Living former Members
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||September 19, 1935|
|Tim Johnson||2001 - 2013||July 23, 1946|
Historical district boundaries
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