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GOP U.S. Rep. John Shimkus not running for re-election

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U.S. Rep. John Shimkus
(R-Collinsville)
(Photo via Facebook)

COLLINSVILLE — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) announced Friday that he won’t be running for election in 2020.

The Belleville News-Democrat reported that Shimkus made the announcement on KMOX’s Mark Reardon Show. He said over the congressional break he took time to visit his district to make sure he was making the right decision.

“This was my last chance to get out there and figure out if this is what I wanted to do,” he said on the show. “I traveled the district the whole break just doing my job. I didn’t want it to be a farewell thing.”

The newspaper reported that he did not give a reason.

Shimkus also made an announcement on his Facebook page:

The Washington Post said Shimkus is the 14th Republican representative to say they’re not running for reelection in 2020. The Post said IL-15 is expected to remain a Republican seat.

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