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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
Leadership
Delegate, Wisconsin State Republican Conventions
1965-2009
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 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 Schoo
Personal
BirthdayJune 14, 1943
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Frank James "Jim" Sensenbrenner Jr. (b. June 14, 1943) 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]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Sensenbrenner is a "rank-and-file Republican".[2]

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. [3]

Career

After earning his degrees, Sensenbrenner went into private practice as a lawyer. He worked as an assistant to U.S. Rep. J. Arthur Younger (CA), and soon after launched his own political career.

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Sensenbrenner serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Sensenbrenner was a member of the following committees:[5]

Issues

House Judiciary Committee

Sensenbrenner was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Congress in 1979.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Elections

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.[10]

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"

2010

On November 2, 2010, Sensenbrenner won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating Todd P. Kolosso (D) and Robert R. Raymond (Independent).[11]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Wisconsin, Congressional District 5, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngF. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. Incumbent 69.4% 229,642
     Democratic Todd P. Kolosso 27.4% 90,634
     Independent Robert R. Raymond 3.3% 10,813
Total Votes 331,089

Campaign donors

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Sensenbrenner's reports.

Jim Sensenbrenner Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[12]April 13, 2012$435,572.42$872,211.77$(64,618)$458,166.19
July Quarterly[13]July 13, 2012$458,166.19$95,363.41$(111,102.23)$442,427.37
Running totals
$967,575.18$(175,720.23)

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.[14]

U.S. House of Representatives, Wisconsin, 5th District, 2010 - Jim Sensenbrenner Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $419,147
Total Spent $471,684
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $175,545
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $175,545
Top contributors to Jim Sensenbrenner's campaign committee
American Bankers Assn$10,000
Honeywell International$10,000
National Beer Wholesalers Assn$10,000
Recording Industry Assn of America$7,500
Liberty Media$7,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
TV/Movies/Music$33,500
Misc Manufacturing & Distributing$24,500
Beer, Wine & Liquor$18,150
Commercial Banks$17,800
Lawyers/Law Firms$16,460

Analysis

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.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.[16]

National Journal vote ratings

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.[17]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Sensenbrenner has voted with the Republican Party 87.1% of the time, which ranked 217 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[18]

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Personal

Sensenbrenner and his wife, Cheryl, have two children.[19]

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Barrett
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, District 5
2003-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Bob Kasten
U.S. House of Representatives - Wisconsin, District 9
1979-2003
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District eliminated
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Wisconsin State Senate
1975-1979
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Wisconsin State Assembly
1969-1975
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