Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) represents the 18th District of Illinois, a historic region of the country that is home to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. First elected to Congress in 2008, Rep. Schock was re-elected in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Schock currently serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which is the oldest committee of the United States Congress and the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. In the 114th Congress, Schock was appointed to sit House Committee on the Budget. He concurrently holds a seat on the House Administration Committee. As a Senior Deputy Republican Whip, Schock is responsible for assisting House Republican leadership in crafting legislative strategy and floor votes. Schock is also a member of the House Republican Conference Advisory Committee.
As the first Member of Congress born in the 1980s, Schock has raised the profile of young leaders in the Republican Party and has built a record of working on a bipartisan basis with young elected officials at the local, state and federal level.
A principled legislator, Schock has forged alliances with conservative groups and Democratic colleagues alike. In the 113th Congress, Schock sponsored legislation to expand religious liberty exemptions under Obamacare that sailed through the House of Representatives with no opposition. He has worked to pass legislation that helps surviving military families, strengthens the middle class, and creates economic opportunities for all Americans. He’s also sponsored legislation to provide charitable organizations with greater opportunities to raise funds and continue their important work of meeting community needs.
Rep. Schock tours the Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal, IL. Mitsubishi employs 1,200
constituents in the 18th Congressional District of Illinois. Half of the 70,000 vehicles manufactured
at the plant annually are exported to buyers overseas.
Schock co-founded the Congressional Future Caucus, a bipartisan group that seeks long-term policy solutions that serve America’s next generations. He also serves on the Congressional Anti-Terrorism Caucus, the Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Pro-Life Caucus, the Pro-Trade Caucus, the Republican Israel Caucus, the U.S.-China Working Group, and the Defense Energy Security Caucus.
Schock has been frequently honored with the Friend of the Farm Bureau Award, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” Award, and the National Federation of Independent Business’s “Guardian of Small Business” Award, and the National Association of Manufacturer’s award for “Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.”
As a proponent of free trade, Schock has worked to secure international agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Colombia. These three trade agreements represent the largest commitment of the U.S. government to ensuring American global competitiveness since the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994, and together they have supported 380,000 American jobs, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. To strengthen U.S. manufacturing and agricultural exports, Schock has met with global leaders in Japan, China, South Korea, India, Afghanistan, Columbia, Honduras, Panama and Brazil.
Before coming to Congress, Schock served two terms in the Illinois House of Representatives and the Peoria School Board. At 22, Schock was chosen by his school board colleagues to be Vice President of the School Board, and later he was unanimously elected President. He is a 2002 graduate of Bradley University with a B.S. in Finance.