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{{tnr}}'''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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
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{{tnr}}'''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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 House Race Results"]</ref>
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Sensenbrenner is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/f_sensenbrenner/400365 ''Gov Track'' "Sensenbrenner" Accessed May 16, 2012]</ref>
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Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Sensenbrenner served in the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] and the [[Wisconsin State Senate]].<ref name=bio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000244 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Frank James Sensenbrenner Jr.," Accessed November 19, 2011]</ref>
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==Biography==
 
==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. <ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000244 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Frank James Sensenbrenner Jr.," Accessed November 19, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref name=bio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000244 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Frank James Sensenbrenner Jr.," Accessed November 19, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==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 ([[California|CA]]), and soon after launched his own political career.
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Sensenbrenner's academic, professional and political career:<ref name=bio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000244 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'' "Frank James Sensenbrenner Jr.," Accessed November 19, 2011]</ref>
 
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*1979-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]]
 
*1979-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]]
 
**1979-2003: Representative of [[Wisconsin]]'s 9th congressional district
 
**1979-2003: Representative of [[Wisconsin]]'s 9th congressional district
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====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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===March on Washington anniversary luncheon===
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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.<ref>[http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/276311/group/News/ ''Duluth News Tribune'', "GOP plays down Sensenbrenner remarks", accessed August 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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On November 2, 2010, Sensenbrenner won re-election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]], defeating Todd P. Kolosso ([[Democratic|D]]) and Robert R. Raymond ([[Independent]]).<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sensenbrenner's reports.<ref>[http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandidateCommitteeDetail.do#3 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Sensenbrenner 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/noquarter/paul-ryan-cashes-in-on-white-house-run-b9967510z1-218312911.html ''Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'' "Paul Ryan cashes in on White House run," Accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:Sensenbrenner 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Sensenbrenner's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:Sensenbrenner 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00004291&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Sensenbrenner Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00004291&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Sensenbrenner Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013]</ref>
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Sensenbrenner spent $2.50 per vote received in 2012.
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==Analysis==
 
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400365_F_Sensenbrenner''OpenCongress,'' "Jim Sensenbrenner," Accessed August 6, 2013]</ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[Thomas Petri]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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Sensenbrenner least often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim McDermott]]
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Sensenbrenner is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]," as of June 26, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_sensenbrenner/400365 ''Gov Track'' "Jim Sensenbrenner," Accessed June 26, 2013]</ref>
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_sensenbrenner/400365 ''GovTrack,'' "Sensenbrenner," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_sensenbrenner/400365 ''GovTrack,'' "Sensenbrenner," Accessed April 11, 2013]</ref>
===Congressional Staff Salaries===
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/469/Rep_Jim_Sensenbrenner.html ''LegiStorm,'' "Jim Sensenbrenner," Accessed September 7, 2012]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/469/Rep_Jim_Sensenbrenner.html ''LegiStorm,'' "Jim Sensenbrenner," Accessed September 7, 2012]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004291&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Sensenbrenner (R-WI), 2011"]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004291&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Sensenbrenner (R-WI), 2011"]</ref>
  
 
====2010====
 
====2010====
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004291&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "F. James Sensenbrenner Jr (R-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004291&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "F. James Sensenbrenner Jr (R-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
====2012====
 
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 22:32, 28 August 2013

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
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]

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]

2011-12

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

Issues

House Judiciary Committee

Sensenbrenner was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Congress in 1979.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

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 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.[8]

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.[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"

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.[28]

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 are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Sensenbrenner's reports.[29]

Jim Sensenbrenner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]4/08/2013$282,545.61$11,090.73$(31,491.35)$262,144.99
July Quarterly[31]7/09/2013$262,144.99$55,396.56$(41,941.86)$275,599.69
Running totals
$66,487.29$(73,433.21)

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.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

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

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.[35]

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.[36]

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.[37]

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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

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

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Frank James Sensenbrenner Jr.," Accessed November 19, 2011
  3. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 19, 2011
  5. "State of Wisconsin" 2005-2006 Blue Book(See Page 15)
  6. "Congressional Biographical Directory" Biography of Congressman Sensenbrenner
  7. "House Judiciary Commitee" List of Subcommittees
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Duluth News Tribune, "GOP plays down Sensenbrenner remarks", accessed August 28, 2013
  10. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Candidates registered by office," Accessed June 10, 2012
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
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  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
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  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
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  28. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim Sensenbrenner," Accessed April 18, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission "Sensenbrenner 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 25, 2013
  30. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  31. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 25, 2013
  32. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Paul Ryan cashes in on White House run," Accessed August 5, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "Sensenbrenner Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 23, 2013
  34. Open Secrets "F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 19, 2011
  35. OpenCongress, "Jim Sensenbrenner," Accessed August 6, 2013
  36. Gov Track "Jim Sensenbrenner," Accessed June 26, 2013
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  38. LegiStorm, "Jim Sensenbrenner," Accessed September 7, 2012
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  40. OpenSecrets.org, "F. James Sensenbrenner Jr (R-Wis), 2010," Accessed September 7, 2012
  41. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  42. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  43. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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