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Illinois Republican Rep. Shimkus won’t run again in 2020

August 30, 2019
FILE - In this June 13, 2018, file photo, Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., leaves a closed-door GOP meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Shimkus says he won't run for re-election after more than 20 years in Congress saying the job has been "the honor of my lifetime." He represents the 15th District in Illinois, a sprawling area that includes all or part of 33 counties. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
FILE - In this June 13, 2018, file photo, Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., leaves a closed-door GOP meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington. Shimkus says he won't run for re-election after more than 20 years in Congress saying the job has been "the honor of my lifetime." He represents the 15th District in Illinois, a sprawling area that includes all or part of 33 counties. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois said Friday he won’t run for re-election after more than 20 years in Congress, the 14th House Republican to decline a 2020 race.

Shimkus represents the 15th District, which includes all or part of 33 counties stretching from central Illinois to near the southern tip. He won by just 1,200 votes in the 20th District in 1996 but has since coasted against Democratic challengers.

Shimkus, 61, of Collinsville has won in three different districts after boundaries were changed following the decennial census.

“It has been the honor of my lifetime to be asked by the people of Illinois to represent them,” he said in a written statement.

Shimkus didn’t give a reason for retiring. Earlier, speaking on St. Louis radio station KMOX , he said he traveled the district to get comfortable about the decision.

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

House Republicans are in the minority after the 2018 election. Shimkus is the third-ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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