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Shimmin was born in Douglas in 1960 and educated at St Ninian's High School, Douglas and the Worcester College of Higher Education. He was then a teacher from 1982 until entering politics in 1996. He was elected as MHK for Douglas West in 1996 at his first attempt.
In July 2006 he announced he would stand for Chief Minister of the Isle of Man after the 2006 General Election. In November 2006 he was re-elected into Tynwald, alongside Geoff Corkish in West Douglas.
He remained Minister of Economic Development of the Isle of Man Government until, following the findings of an inquiry into the Isle of Man Government's loans to the Manx-based Sefton Group, he resigned his ministerial post .
On 16 February 2015 he was appointed Minister for Policy and Reform, replacing Chris Robertshaw who had held the post for less than a year before resigning. His move to this post now gives him the responsibility of securing a sustainable future for the Isle of Man.
- Minister of Policy and Reform, 2015 -
- Minister of Economic Development, 2011–2014
- Minister of Environment, Food and Agriculture, 2010 - 2011
- Minister of Local Government and the Environment, 2006–2010
- Minister of Home Affairs, 2005–2006
- Minister of Transport, 2002–2005
- Chairman of the Isle of Man Post Office, 1999–2002
- "Department Line-ups Announced". Isle of Man Today. 22 December 2006. Retrieved 30 July 2010.