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- 1 Positions, record and controversies
- 2 Bio
- 3 2008 elections
- 4 Money in politics
- 5 Committees and affiliations
- 6 More background data
- 7 Contact
- 8 Articles and resources
Positions, record and controversies
Aaron Schock has consistently applied conservative values and principles to his political work.
- Big Brother mentor for several years
- Board of Directors for Youth for a Cause
- Peoria's Vision 2020 Youth Education and Learning Committee
- Chamber of Commerce's Education Task Force
- Heart of Illinois Kid's Count board of directors
- St. Jude Telethon V.I.P.
- Volunteer on medical missions in the most impoverished areas of Mexico
- Former President of the Peoria Public Schools Education Foundation
- Jaycees Good Government Award, 2004
- Illinois Committee for Honest Government Outstanding Service Award for Outstanding Legislative and Constituent Service, 2007
- Peoria's 40 Leaders Under 40, 2004
- Guardian Angels Arc-Angel Award, 2005
- Community Workshop and Training Center Advocacy Award, 2005
- Richard Mautino Excellence in Government Award, 2005
- Life Services Network Legislator of the Year, 2006
- Illinois Health Care Association, Legislator of the Year, 2005, 2006, 2007
As a child, Aaron Schock grew up on a farm and learned the values of entrepreneurship. At age fifteen, Aaron started working in a gravel pit, and later in his teens, earned upwards of $18,000 per year. On his eighteenth birthday, he invested in his first piece of real estate. After completing his degree in Finance in only two years at Bradley University, Schock teamed up with a partner to start a business.
At age 19, Schock decided to run for school board because he wanted to reform some of the high school's policies. Though more than enough people signed his petition to be placed on the ballot, Schock was thrown off the ballot because some people wrote in ditto marks for part of their addresses. After improvising as a write-in candidate, Aaron Schock defeated the school board president by garnering 60% of the vote.
Illinois State Representative
In 2004, Aaron Schock ran for and won the spot for Illinois State Representative, making him at age 23 the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly. He passed eleven of his bills during the first five months in office, and throughout his first three years, Schock sponsored eighteen bills, all passing. The bills' matters varied, relating to education reforms, child protection, prescription drug savings, helping the veterans, road construction, and response to high-tech identity theft. Schock also opposed many of Governor Rod Blagovich's economic policies that called for borrowing, spending, and employer taxation. He was part of the group that struck down Blagovich's proposal of the Gross Receipts Tax and employer tax, as well as the greatest spending increase in Illinois history. As a state representative, Aaron Schock participated in community gatherings, neighborhood organizations, and non-profits.
Committees Assigned on Illinois General Assembly
Aaron Schock served on the following committees: Financial Institutions; Environment and Energy; Appropriations-Human Services; Veterans Affairs; Gaming; Approp-Elementary & Secondary Education; and Committee of the Whole.
Money in politics
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The following is drawn from government records of campaign contributions to Aaron Schock. Campaign contributions are one of the most direct conduits for influencing members of Congress. How to use this information. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00029273&cycle=2008</crpcontribdata>
Committees and affiliations
Schock has not yet been assigned to committees in the 111th Congress.
More background data
District Office - Peoria:
100 N.E. Monroe, Room 100
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 671-7027
Fax: (309) 671-7309
Schock for Congress
5901 N Prospect Road
Peoria, IL 61614
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
- 2008 U.S. congressional elections
- Portal:Illinois and the U.S. Congress
- "Schock to the System"
- "Aaron's Story"
- "Aaron's Story, continued"
- "Aaron's Story, continued"
- Chicago Sun-Times Election results
- Beth Fouhy, "DES MOINES: Clinton describes health care reform plan," PJStar, September 17, 2007.
|Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives|
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|First Elected to Current Office:
November 4, 2010
|First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2009
November 2, 2010
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Date of Birth: May 28, 1981