WASHINGTON – As the first member of Congress born in the 1980s, Representative Schock (R-Illinois) has proved that one is never too young to improve the world.
1. Representative Aaron Schock served in the Illinois legislature.
From 2005-2009, Representative Schock was the youngest member of the Illinois House of Representatives, where he was involved with many organizations as well as medical mission trips to Jamaica and Mexico.
2. Schock has set an precedent of young leaders in the Republican Party.
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009, he has built a name for himself, working tirelessly on bipartisan issues with other young elected officials at the federal, state and local levels.
3. He has become an ally to the world’s poor.
After only six years as representative of the 18th District of Illinois, Representative Schock already seems to be advocating on behalf of the world’s poorest. He has cosponsored Senator Paul Simon’s Water for the World Act of 2013, recently signed onto a resolution to support increasing access to vaccines around the world and cosponsored Betty McCollum’s Global Food Security Act. On the issue of malnutrition, Schock stated, “The United States has a strong history of leadership in providing assistance to developing nations, but a renewed focus and streamlined approach is needed to prevent more children and families from suffering the long-term consequences of malnutrition.”
4. A few months ago, Representative Schock’s congressional team created this video about his dedication to increasing access to water and sanitation.
In the video, he said even though all of our hometowns face challenges with homelessness and poverty, such obstacles are weak in comparison to those of the hundreds of millions of people around the world who do not have access to basic needs such as clean drinking water. He stated that is why he has introduced the Water for the World Act, which will ensure that United States foreign aid will go to the people around the world who need it most.
5. In July, Congressman Schock spoke on the House floor about the importance of nonprofits.
Representative Schock stated that he has worked with many organizations, such as Global Poverty Project, who strive to eradicate extreme poverty, provide developing countries with clean water and healthcare and encourage economic opportunities for women and children. He emphasized the importance of public charities and communities, churches and private foundations that work to alleviate global poverty.
– Colleen Moore