Thank you for taking the time to visit this website to learn a little bit about me! As of January 11, 2017, I have been the state senator for the 58th Senate District in Illinois.
I promise to work hard, vote our values, and tell you the truth. Illinois faces severe challenges. I am humbled that the voters of the 58th Senate District have trusted me to represent them in Springfield.
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Keeping promises: Paul's Priorities for the 58th district
The private sector, not the government, is responsible for creating jobs--but the State of Illinois still has role to play. First, Springfield needs to enact policies that lower the costs and regulatory burdens that job creators face when they want to come to (or stay in) Illinois. Workers compensation insurance costs must be lowered through legal reforms that will reduce insurance rates. Permitting and applications must be available online and processed in a timely manner. Job creators must also have confidence that the entrenched political class that has failed Illinois will turnover--this is why I support term limits. Second, Springfield must provide infrastructure support to the engines of economic growth that already exist in the 58th Senate District. The largest employer in the 58th Senate District is Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As a Saluki (JD, 2000), I am committed to a thriving SIUC. I support other infrastructure improvements to the region, including the Southwest Illinois Connector (a four-lane highway between Carbondale and the Metro East), the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Pyramid State Park in Perry County, and the Kaskaskia Port District.
Paul Schimpf received an AQ rating from the NRA, the highest rating one can receive. Paul has been a consistent NO vote on gun control bills for the state of Illinois and will continue to do so.
Progressives have declared war on the coal industry and, given the huge portion of our region’s economy that the coal industry composes, Paul Schimpf has and will continue to fight for this industry that is vital to Southern Illinois.
Paul Schimpf has continued to fight for smaller, less restrictive government, lower taxes, and a government that protects our freedoms.