Illinois Representative John Shimkus has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2020.
Shimkus, a Republican, has served in the House since 1997. He is currently sitting on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and would have been the most senior member of the panel eligible to be chairman if Republicans retake the House in 2020. His district is historically Republican.
“As Illinois candidates begin to circulate petitions next week, now is the time for me to announce that I will not be seeking re-election. … Serving in Congress has been a blessing, but it has also been a sacrifice for my wife Karen, and our boys,” he said in a statement.