Meredith Blanford is currently the communications assistant and legislative correspondent in Rep. John Shimkus’ DC office. Originally from Paris, IL, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 2015 with a degree in communications. During college, she interned for Reps. Shimkus and Rodney Davis and worked for several state campaigns, including Gov. Bruce Rauner. While she was an intern in Rep. Shimkus’ DC office, she was a recipient of the Illinois State Society Fitzgerald Intern Scholarship and has been involved in state society activities since moving to DC last June. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering on the Fighting Illini football and basketball teams and exploring all DC has to offer.