Illinois's 15th congressional district

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Illinois's 15th congressional district
District boundaries
Representative
  Mary Miller
ROakland
Area14,696 sq mi (38,060 km2)
Distribution
  • 51.4% rural
  • 48.6% urban
Population (2019)685,859
Median household
income
$56,268[1]
Ethnicity
Cook PVIR+26[2][3]

The 15th congressional district of Illinois is located in eastern and southeastern Illinois. It is currently represented by Republican Mary Miller.

With a Cook Partisan Voting Index rating of R+26, it is the most Republican district in Illinois.[2] In most of the district, there are no elected Democrats above the county level, and Donald Trump carried over 70% of the district's vote in both of his bids for president.

2011 redistricting[edit]

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, Madison, 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.[4] The representatives for these districts were elected in the 2012 primary and general elections, and the boundaries became effective on January 5, 2013.

2012 election[edit]

The district covered much of the territory previously in the 19th district, and its incumbent, Republican John Shimkus, filed to run in the redrawn 15th.[5][6] Angela Michael, a retired nurse and pro-life activist,[7] ran on a single-issue pro-life Democratic ticket.[8]

Illinois's 15th congressional district, 2012[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Shimkus (incumbent) 205,775 68.6
Democratic Angela Michael 94,162 31.4
Total votes 299,937 100.0
Republican hold

2014 election[edit]

Illinois's 15th congressional district, 2014[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Shimkus (incumbent) 166,274 74.9
Democratic Eric Thorsland 55,652 25.1
Total votes 221,926 100.0
Republican hold

2016 election[edit]

Shimkus faced no opposition in the general election, after facing a challenge in the Republican primary from Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter, who had Tea Party backing and funding from the Club for Growth.[11][12]

Illinois's 15th congressional district, 2016[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Shimkus (incumbent) 274,554 100.0
Total votes 274,554 100.0
Republican hold


2018 election[edit]

Shimkus loomed large in the 15th, but finally faced credible (if not well-funded) Democratic opposition from a local teacher and former Obama campaign worker.[14]


Illinois's 15th congressional district, 2018[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Shimkus (incumbent) 181,294 70.9
Democratic Kevin Gaither 74,309 29.1
Independent Tim E. Buckner (write-in) 5 0.0
Total votes 255,608 100.0
Republican hold

2020 election[edit]

After John Shimkus announced that he would not seek reelection, Republican nominee Mary Miller and Democratic nominee Erika Weaver emerged as contenders for the open Congressional seat.[16]


Illinois's 15th congressional district, 2020[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mary Miller 244,947 73.45 +2.52%
Democratic Erika Weaver 88,559 26.55 -2.52%
Total votes 333,506 100.0
Republican hold

History of district boundaries[edit]

2003 – 2013[edit]

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 members representing the district[edit]

Representative Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1873
JREden.jpg John R. Eden Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1879
43rd
44th
45th
Elected in 1872.
Re-elected in 1874.
Re-elected in 1876.
Lost renomination.
No image.svg Albert P. Forsythe Greenback March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1881
46th Elected in 1878.
Lost re-election as a Republican.
Samuel Wheeler Moulton.jpg Samuel W. Moulton Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
47th Elected in 1880.
Redistricted to the 17th district.
JGCannon.jpg Joseph G. Cannon Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1891
48th
49th
50th
51st
Redistricted from the 14th district and re-elected in 1882.
Re-elected in 1884.
Re-elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Lost re-election.
Samuel Thompson Busey.jpg Samuel T. Busey Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
52nd Elected in 1890.
Lost re-election.
JGCannon.jpg Joseph G. Cannon Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
53rd Elected again in 1892.
Redistricted to the 12th district.
Benjamin F. Marsh.jpg Benjamin F. Marsh Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
54th
55th
56th
Redistricted from the 11th district and re-elected in 1894.
Re-elected in 1896.
Re-elected in 1898.
Lost re-election.
JRossMickey.jpg J. Ross Mickey Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1903
57th Elected in 1900.
Retired.
George W. Prince (Illinois Congressman).jpg George W. Prince Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1913
58th
59th
60th
61st
62nd
Redistricted from the 10th district and re-elected in 1902.
Re-elected in 1904.
Re-elected in 1906.
Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.
Lost re-election.
Stephen A. Hoxworth (Illinois Congressman).jpg Stephen A. Hoxworth Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
63rd Elected in 1912.
Retired.
Edward John King.png Edward John King Republican March 4, 1915 –
February 17, 1929
64th
65th
66th
67th
68th
69th
70th
Elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916.
Re-elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.
Died.
Vacant February 17, 1929 –
November 4, 1930
70th
71st
BurnettMChiperfield.jpg Burnett M. Chiperfield Republican November 4, 1930 –
March 3, 1933
71st
72nd
Elected to finish King's term.
Re-elected in 1930.
Lost re-election.
J Leroy Adair.jpg J. Leroy Adair Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1937
73rd
74th
Elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Retired.
LewisLBoyer.jpg Lewis L. Boyer Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1939
75th Elected in 1936.
Lost re-election.
RobertBChiperfield.jpg Robert B. Chiperfield Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1949
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
Elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Redistricted to the 19th district.
NoahMMason.jpg Noah M. Mason Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1963
81st
82nd
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
Redistricted from the 12th district and re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Retired.
Reid,charlottet.jpg Charlotte T. Reid Republican January 3, 1963 –
October 7, 1971
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
Elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.
Re-elected in 1966.
Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Resigned to become member of the Federal Communications Commission.
Vacant October 7, 1971 –
April 4, 1972
92nd
No image.svg Cliffard D. Carlson Republican April 4, 1972 –
January 3, 1973
92nd Elected to finish Reid's term.
Retired.
Leslie Arends.jpg Leslie C. Arends Republican January 3, 1973 –
December 31, 1974
93rd Redistricted from the 17th district and re-elected in 1972.
Resigned.
Tim Lee Hall.jpg Tim Lee Hall Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1977
94th Elected in 1974.
Lost re-election.
Corcoran Thomas.png Tom Corcoran Republican January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1983
95th
96th
97th
Elected in 1976.
Re-elected in 1978.
Re-elected in 1980.
Redistricted to the 14th district.
Edward Rell Madigan - USDA portrait.png Edward R. Madigan Republican January 3, 1983 –
March 8, 1991
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Redistricted from the 21st district and re-elected in 1982.
Re-elected in 1984.
Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Re-elected in 1990.
Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
Vacant March 8, 1991 –
July 2, 1991
102nd
Thomas W. Ewing.jpg Thomas W. Ewing Republican July 2, 1991 –
January 3, 2001
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
106th
Elected to finish Madigan's term.
Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.
Re-elected in 1996.
Re-elected in 1998.
Retired.
Timothy V Johnson Portrait.jpg Timothy V. Johnson Republican January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2013
107th
108th
109th
110th
111th
112th
Elected in 2000.
Re-elected in 2002.
Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Re-elected in 2008.
Re-elected in 2010.
Retired.
Rep. John Shimkus.jpg John Shimkus Republican January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2021
113th
114th
115th
116th
Redistricted from the 19th district.
Re-elected in 2012.
Re-elected in 2014.
Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018.
Retired.
Mary Miller 117th U.S Congress.jpg Mary Miller Republican January 3, 2021 –
Present
117th Elected in 2020.

Recent election results from statewide races[edit]

Year Office Results
2000 President George W. Bush 54% - Al Gore 42%
2004 President George W. Bush 58% - John Kerry 41%
2008 President John McCain 50% - Barack Obama 47%
2012 President Mitt Romney 64% - Barack Obama 34%
2016 President Donald Trump 71% - Hillary Clinton 25%
2018 Governor Bruce Rauner 60% - J.B. Pritzker 29%
2020 President Donald Trump 72% - Joe Biden 25%

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "My Congressional District".
  2. ^ a b "Introducing the 2021 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index". The Cook Political Report. April 15, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  3. ^ Barone, Michael; McCutcheon, Chuck (2013). The Almanac of American Politics 2014. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 588–590. ISBN 978-0-226-10544-4. Copyright National Journal.
  4. ^ Illinois Congressional District 15, Illinois Board of Elections
  5. ^ "Congressman Shimkus Files for Re-Election in 15th Congressional District". WBJD Radio. December 23, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "2012 General Election Candidates" (PDF). Champaign County Clerk. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "IL-15: Fake Democrat running against GOP Rep. John Shimkus". dailykos.com.
  8. ^ Huchel, Brian L. (December 24, 2011). "Second candidate files in 15th Congressional District". Commercial-News. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  9. ^ "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals" (PDF). Illinois State Board of Elections. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 19, 2013. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  10. ^ "Illinois General Election 2014". Illinois State Board of Elections. November 4, 2014. Archived from the original on September 13, 2018. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  11. ^ capitolfax.com/2016/01/13/poll-has-shimkus-leading-mccarter-65-13/
  12. ^ "Will John Shimkus be the tea party's next victim? A new poll says 'Hell no!'". dailykos.com.
  13. ^ "2016 General Election Official Vote Totals". Illinois State Board of Elections. November 8, 2016. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  14. ^ "Democrats nominate Gaither to face Shimkus in 15th congressional district". March 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "2018 General Election Official Vote Totals Book".
  16. ^ "Miller, Weaver face off for House". dailyeasternnews.com.
  17. ^ "Election Results 2020 GENERAL ELECTION". Illinois State Board of Elections. December 4, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  18. ^ "Illinois 2020 Election Results". Chicago Sun-Times. November 20, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2020.

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Coordinates: 38°54′19″N 88°26′32″W / 38.90528°N 88.44222°W / 38.90528; -88.44222