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Congressman

Illinois (District: 18)

Republican

Current

starts 01/03/2009

Biography

Aaron Jon Schock (born May 28, 1981) is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">United States Representative for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois%27s_18th_congressional_district">Illinois’s 18th congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_Party_(United_States)">Republican Party. The district is based in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peoria,_Illinois">Peoria and includes part of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfield,_Illinois">Springfield. At the age of 32, Schock is both the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_youngest_members_of_the_United_States_Congress">second youngest currently serving U.S. representative, after http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Murphy_(Florida_politician)">Patrick Murphy of Florida, and the first member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Congress">U.S. Congress born in the 1980s. Previously, Schock served two terms in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois_House_of_Representatives">Illinois House of Representatives, and was its youngest member.

Schock currently serves on the highly coveted http://waysandmeans.house.gov/">House Ways and Means committee. For the current, 113th Congress, http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=320281">Schock serves on three Ways and Means subcommittees: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Subcommittees/Subcommittee/?IssueID=4921">Trade, http://waysandmeans.house.gov/subcommittees/subcommittee/?IssueID=4770">Select Revenue Measures and http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Subcommittees/Subcommittee/?IssueID=4772">Social Security. Schock also serves on the http://cha.house.gov/">committee on House Administration and as the Chairman of the Franking Commission. In addition he serves as a Deputy Republican Whip and as a member of the Conference Advisory Committee.

During his first term in office (2009-2010) his colleagues expressed their faith in his abilities by appointing him to the coveted http://transportation.house.gov/">Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. He was also the only Republican freshman selected to serve on the influential http://transportation.house.gov/subcommittees/Highways.aspx">Highways and Transit Subcommittee which is charged with drafting the five-year highway bill due for reauthorization this year. Schock also received a seat on the Small Business Committee along with designation as the Ranking Member of the Contracting and Technology Subcommittee. House Republican Leadership also issued Schock a waiver to serve on a third committee and he was appointed to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Finally, Schock was chosen by Leadership to serve as a Deputy Republican Whip.

In his first two weeks in office, Schock succeeded in having an amendment adopted by the House mandating a web site to track the TARP (bailout) funds as part of the TARP Reform and Accountability Act of 2009.

State Representative

In the Illinois Legislature, Schock succeeded in passing 18 substantive bills he sponsored, several of which were hailed as “landmark reforms” when they were signed into law.

Schock also developed a reputation for outstanding constituent service, having helped thousands of constituents solve problems beyond their ability to cope.

Schock shared the 2007 award with then-Senator Barack Obama from the Illinois Committee for Honest Government for his “Outstanding Legislative and Constituent Service.”

Schock got off to a fast start in the Illinois House by being appointed to serve on five committees, including rare service on two separate appropriations committees. His committee assignments were: Elementary and Secondary Appropriations; Human Services Appropriations; Veteran’s Affairs; Financial Services; and Environment and Energy.

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