Congressman John Shimkus, who represents the local 15th Congressional District, issued a release Tuesday reminding his constituents of his regular availability to meet with them in their local communities.
“Since I came to Congress, I’ve continued to hold Open Office Hours and my staff have held Traveling Help Desks throughout my district,” said Shimkus. “This is in addition to the thousands of constituent meetings I schedule in my DC and district offices.”
“This year I’ve made several visits to each of the 33 counties I represent, and I’m very pleased to have held Open Office Hours in each as well.”
The release highlighted that both he and his staff are available to answer questions or concerns. Shimkus said that since elected he has held 351 sessions of open office hours in 110 different communities. Shimkus also highlighted that his staff has held 747 traveling help desk sessions.
At Open Office Hours, as well as the staff-led Traveling Help Desks, local constituents can share their thoughts on legislation and public policy, as well as get help dealing with a federal agency like the Social Security Administration or Department of Veterans Affairs. The one-on-one meetings are typically held in city hall or the county courthouse.
Constituents are encouraged to visit shimkus.house.gov/events to see when Open Office Hours and Traveling Help Desks are coming to their area.
“It’s important to be available and present in the community,” added Shimkus, who returns to his hometown of Collinsville every weekend and week the House is not in session. “Part of that too is embracing technology to connect with people online. Folks can contact me 24/7 through my website or social media.”