EDITORIALS

Keep an eye on Schock

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Illinois residents are still basking in the afterglow of one of our own being sworn in as president.

Barack Obama elicits the excitement level of a rock star. It was obvious during his trips to Peoria while running for the U.S. Senate.

But, Obama is not the only person with the ability to create excitement in the River City. Aaron Schock, 27, also has to be included in that category.

From his emergence in politics as a write-in candidate to the District 150 school board, to his election as 92nd District State Representative to his swearing-in Jan. 6 as the new 18th District congressman, Schock has always ignited imaginations. 

It now appears he is igniting the imagination of the national GOP. It is more than plausible to believe that after seeing his meteoric rise in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Schock was sworn in Jan. 6. Three days later, he was selected by his Republican colleagues to serve on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 

As a press release stated, “Schock won this assignment despite press reports suggesting he would be unable to achieve such a powerful perch as a freshman Congressman.”

This is a coveted post because the committee will have jurisdiction over the five-year highway reauthorization legislation, and a portion of Obama’s economic stimulus package.

“At this critical time when we must restore our struggling economy and create more jobs, Congressman Schock’s experience and dedication will be valuable additions to this committee,” Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member John Mica said. 

“As a successful businessman and state legislator, Schock has repeatedly shown that he will work hard to rebuild this country’s infrastructure and improve the lives of those who elected him. I will ensure that Congressman Schock is involved in the prominent issues before the committee...”

Schock had already fallen under the wing of a prominent Republican, assuring he will be launched right from the beginning into a post where he can be put in front of the nation.

Then just days later, Schock was tapped by House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) for a position on the Republican Whip Team.

“This week begins our march toward a stronger future for America based on revitalized, common-sense ideals,” said Cantor. “I’m pleased that Congressman Schock has joined the Republican Whip Team, the team that will act as the cornerstone of House Republican efforts to preserve, protect and create a better tomorrow for working families. This team is comprised of top leaders that will advance a positive vision for the future of our country, a vision based on accountability, transparency and action.  I look forward to getting to work alongside of Aaron.”

As a member of the whip’s team, Schock, the youngest member of the U.S. House of Representatives, will assist in managing the party’s legislative program on the House floor.

Schock is going to have a powerful voice in the House, for a veteran, let alone a freshman.

One has to be without imagination to believe the GOP does not have big designs for Schock.

Schock is too young to seek the highest office in the land.

But, he is not too young to envision a run for the office of commander-in-chief. In eight short years, Schock will reach the minimum age to seek the presidency.

Peorians, in the years to come, need to keep an eye on Schock. He is on a meteoric rise in the U.S. House. Where he is headed is something for us to consider.