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Sensenbrenner was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Congress in 1979.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lrb/bb/05bb/11-17.pdf "State of Wisconsin" 2005-2006 Blue Book](See Page 15)</ref>  During his thirty year tenure on the committee, the Congressman has managed the impeachment proceedings of federal judges Samuel Kent and Walter Nixon, along with the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000244 "Congressional Biographical Directory" Biography of Congressman Sensenbrenner]</ref>
 
Sensenbrenner was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Congress in 1979.<ref>[http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lrb/bb/05bb/11-17.pdf "State of Wisconsin" 2005-2006 Blue Book](See Page 15)</ref>  During his thirty year tenure on the committee, the Congressman has managed the impeachment proceedings of federal judges Samuel Kent and Walter Nixon, along with the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000244 "Congressional Biographical Directory" Biography of Congressman Sensenbrenner]</ref>
 
In addition, Sensenbrenner serves as the Republican Ranking Member on the on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.  In addition, Sensenbrenner serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Courts and Competition Policy and is a member of the Task Force on Judicial Impeachment which is responsible for handling impeachments of federal judges.<ref>[http://judiciary.house.gov/about/subcommittee.html "House Judiciary Commitee" List of Subcommittees]</ref>
 
  
 
===European Parliment hearing===
 
===European Parliment hearing===

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Jim Sensenbrenner
Jim Sensenbrenner.jpg
U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 5
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 35
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Barrett (D)
Leadership
Delegate, Wisconsin State Republican Conventions
1965-2009
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$2.50 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 1978
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Wisconsin State Senate
1975-1979
Wisconsin State Assembly
1969-1975
Education
High schoolMilwaukee Country Day School
Bachelor'sStanford University
J.D.University of Wisconsin Law School
Personal
BirthdayJune 14, 1943
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth$16,205,282
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Frank James "Jim" Sensenbrenner Jr. (b. June 14, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. Sensenbrenner has represented Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District since 2003, when the district he previously represented, the 9th District, was eliminated. He was first elected to the House in 1978. Sensenbrenner was re-elected in 2012.[1] He ran for re-election in 2014.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Sensenbrenner served in the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Wisconsin State Senate.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Sensenbrenner is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Sensenbrenner was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his bachelor's from Stanford University in 1965 and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1968.[2]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Sensenbrenner's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Sensenbrenner serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Sensenbrenner was a member of the following committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Sensenbrenner's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Sensenbrenner voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Sensenbrenner voted against HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Sensenbrenner voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Sensenbrenner voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

NSA criticism

Sensenbrenner continued to have harsh words for the NSA and the House and Senate Intelligence committees in December 2013. He said, "Instead of putting the brakes on overreaches, they’ve been stepping on the gas." He accused Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of lying and said he should be prosecuted. Sensenbrenner blames the abuses on the Judiciary Committee, saying "I don’t think the oversight was vigorously done by the Judiciary Committee. When I was running the Judiciary Committee, it was being vigorously done." Sensenbrenner also blasted Dianne Feinstein's bill that would protect phone data collection, calling it "a joke".[11]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Sensenbrenner voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Sensenbrenner voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Sensenbrenner voted against HR 2775.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Sensenbrenner voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Sensenbrenner voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Sensenbrenner voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Sensenbrenner voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

March on Washington anniversary luncheon

Sensenbrenner spoke at the luncheon marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in August 2013. He broke with other Republicans remarks praising the Republican party's record on civil rights and instead vowed to reinstate the Voting Rights Act provisions stripped by the Supreme Court ruling in June. He said, "I am committed to restoring the Voting Rights Act. The first thing we have to do is take the monkey wrench that the court threw in it out of the Voting Rights Act, and then use that monkey wrench to be able to fix it so that it is alive, well, constitutional and impervious to another challenge that will be filed by the usual suspects.” Sensenbrenner plans to file legislation by the end of the year addressing the issue. RNC spokesman Raffi Williams said Sensenbrenner wasn’t speaking for the party, which has no official stance on the changes in the law.[24]

House Judiciary Committee

Sensenbrenner was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Congress in 1979.[25] During his thirty year tenure on the committee, the Congressman has managed the impeachment proceedings of federal judges Samuel Kent and Walter Nixon, along with the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.[26]

European Parliment hearing

Sensenbrenner blasted the NSA in a hearing with the European Parliment in November 2013. Sensenbrenner, who co-wrote the PATRIOT Act in 2001, said the NSA abused the act with their wiretaps. Sensenbrenner said, "I firmly believe the Patriot Act saved lives by strengthening the ability of intelligence agencies to track and stop potential terrorists, but in the past few years, the NSA has weakened, misconstrued and ignored the civil liberty protections we drafted into the law." He added, "Worse, the NSA has cloaked its operations behind such a thick cloud of secrecy that, even if the NSA promised reforms, we would lack the ability to verify them." Sensenbrenner plans to introduce a new bill, the “Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection, and Online Monitoring Act” or the USA FREEDOM ACT. The new bill aims to rein in the NSA.[27]

Elections

2014

See also: Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014

Sensenbrenner ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Wisconsin's 5th District. Sensenbrenner sought the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Sensenbrenner ran for re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Dave Heaster in the November general election.[28]

U.S. House, Wisconsin District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Dave Heaster 32.1% 118,478
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Sensenbrenner Incumbent 67.7% 250,335
     Miscellaneous N/A 0.2% 851
Total Votes 369,664
Source: Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sensenbrenner is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Sensenbrenner raised a total of $4,103,092 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[46]

Jim Sensenbrenner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Wisconsin, District 5) Won $554,919
2010 US House (Wisconsin, District 5) Won $419,147
2008 US House (Wisconsin, District 5) Won $479,866
2006 US House (Wisconsin, District 5) Won $774,141
2004 US House (Wisconsin, District 5) Won $806,716
2002 US House (Wisconsin, District 5) Won $567,127
2000 US House (Wisconsin, District 5) Won $501,176
Grand Total Raised $4,103,092

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sensenbrenner's reports.[47]

Jim Sensenbrenner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[48]April 8, 2013$282,545.61$11,090.73$(31,491.35)$262,144.99
July Quarterly[49]July 9, 2013$262,144.99$55,396.56$(41,941.86)$275,599.69
October Quarterly[50]October 10, 2013$275,599.69$45,426.81$(35,187.90)$285,838.60
Year-end[51]January 31, 2014$285,838$37,020$(25,525)$297,333
April Quarterly[52]April 11, 2014$297,333.14$45,635.34$(28,105.57)$314,862.91
Running totals
$194,569.44$(162,251.68)

As of July 2013, Sensenbrenner had raised only $66,487, the lowest amount of all Wisconsin Representatives. Paul Ryan raised the most, with $1.7 million in contributions since January 2013.[53]

2012

Breakdown of the source of Sensenbrenner's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Sensenbrenner won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Sensenbrenner's campaign committee raised a total of $554,920 and spent $626,187.[54]

Cost per vote

Sensenbrenner spent $2.50 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Sensenbrenner's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Sensenbrenner won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Sensenbrenner's campaign committee raised a total of $419,147 and spent $471,684.[55]

Analysis

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[56]

Sensenbrenner most often votes with:

Sensenbrenner least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sensenbrenner is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 26, 2013.[57]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Sensenbrenner missed 328 of 20,180 roll call votes from January 1979 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.6%, which is better than the median of 2.1% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[58]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sensenbrenner paid his congressional staff a total of $883,916 in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranks 32nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[59]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sensenbrenner's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $13,423,808 and $18,986,756. That averages to $16,205,282, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 13.48% from 2010.[60]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sensenbrenner's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $15,678,876 to $21,782,825. That averages to $18,730,850.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[61]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sensenbrenner was 1 of 2 members who ranked 170th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[62]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Sensenbrenner was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 113th in the conservative rankings.[63]

Political positions

Voting with party

2013

Sensenbrenner voted with the Republican Party 92.8% of the time, which ranked 198th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[64]

Personal

Sensenbrenner and his wife, Cheryl, have two children.[2]

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References

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  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
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  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. The Hill, "Patriot Act author: Feinstein bill ‘a joke’, accessed December 10, 2013
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