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KBS Group adds former Congressman John Shimkus to team

ST. LOUIS — Former Illinois Congressman John Shimkus has joined KBS Group as a principal. 

“With his record of public service and accomplishment and respect from both sides of the aisle in Washington, John is a tremendous addition to our team,” said former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, who founded the government affairs and business development firm more than a decade ago. 

The firm also announced it had changed its name from Kit Bond Strategies to KBS Group in a press release Monday. 

Shimkus, 63, represented Illinois’ 15th district from 1997-2021. A Republican, he decided not to seek re-election to the office this past cycle. Shimkus is an Army veteran and former senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 

“Shaping public policy is my passion,” Shimkus said. “As a member of the House for 24 years, I look forward to helping our clients understand and navigate the process in our nation’s capital.” 

Former U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof, who serves as chairman of KBS Group, said: “I served with John in Congress and am thrilled to be working with my good friend again. John’s decades of experience in successfully navigating Washington and his wealth of knowledge on diverse issues, from energy to defense, will be highly valuable to our clients.” 

Matt Roney, KBS Group’s CEO, said: “During his long tenure in Congress, John was a key figure driving policy in a number of areas. The congressman will be an important resource to current and future clients and our entire team.” 

KBS Group has offices in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.