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|Next election = [[Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
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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 [[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," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref> He {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in 2014.
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{{tnr}}'''Frank James "Jim" Sensenbrenner Jr.''' (b. June 14, 1943, in Chicago, [[Illinois|IL]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from [[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," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>  
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Sensenbrenner {{2014isrunning}} for re-election in 2014. He did not face a primary challenger.  
  
 
Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Sensenbrenner served in the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] from 1969 to 1975 and the [[Wisconsin State Senate]] from 1975 to 1979.<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>
 
Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Sensenbrenner served in the [[Wisconsin State Assembly]] from 1969 to 1975 and the [[Wisconsin State Senate]] from 1975 to 1979.<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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==Career==
 
==Career==
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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Below is an abbreviated outline of Sensenbrenner's 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>
 
*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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===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Sensenbrenner serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives'', "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014]</ref>
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Sensenbrenner serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives'', "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014]</ref>
 
*[[United States House Committee on the Judiciary|Committee on the Judiciary]]
 
*[[United States House Committee on the Judiciary|Committee on the Judiciary]]
 
**Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
 
**Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
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**Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
 
**Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Legislative actions===
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===113th Congress===
====113th Congress====
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====National security====
 
====National security====
======NDAA======
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{{Support vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
======DHS Appropriations======
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=====DHS Appropriations=====
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} Sensenbrenner voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
======Keystone Pipeline Amendment======
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=====Keystone Pipeline Amendment=====
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44088#.Ul7hdxCMLQM ''Project Vote Smart,'' "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44088#.Ul7hdxCMLQM ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 69 - Requires Threat Assessment of Pipeline Vulnerabilities to a Terrorist Attack - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
======CISPA (2013)======
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=====CISPA (2013)=====
{{Oppose vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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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."<ref>[http://thehill.com/homenews/house/192561-feinsteins-nsa-bill-is-a-joke-says-rep-james-sensenbrenner ''The Hill'', "Patriot Act author: Feinstein bill ‘a joke’'', accessed December 10, 2013]</ref>
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====Economy====
 
====Economy====
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{{House Budget 2014 GOP No|Name=Sensenbrenner}}
 
{{House Budget 2014 GOP No|Name=Sensenbrenner}}
  
======Government shutdown======
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=====Government shutdown=====
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
{{support vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Sensenbrenner voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Sensenbrenner voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
{{oppose vote}} The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====Immigration====
 
====Immigration====
======Morton Memos Prohibition======
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=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress,'' "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====Healthcare====
 
====Healthcare====
======Healthcare Reform Rules======
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{{Support vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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[[Ron Johnson]] is suing the Office of Personnel Management over the subsidies provided by the government for Congressional members and staffers.  The subsidies are to help offset the cost of their health insurance plans.  Johnson is suing on the grounds these subsidies are not available to all people seeking insurance under the ACA.  He said, "The American people have an expectation — Wisconsinites have an expectation — that members of Congress should be subjected to the letter of the law just like they’re held to the letter of the law. In this case, members of Congress now are not being held to the letter of the law, and that creates an alienation. It creates a wedge between a member of Congress and their constituents."<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/194450-ron-johnson-to-sue-over-obamacare ''The Hill'', "Johnson to sue over O-Care contributions," accessed January 6, 2014]</ref> Sensenbrenner had harsh words for Johnson's lawsuit.  He said, "Senator Johnson’s lawsuit is an unfortunate political stunt. I am committed to repealing Obamacare, but the employer contribution he’s attacking is nothing more than a standard benefit that most private and all federal employees receive — including the President. Success in the suit will mean that Congress will lose some of its best staff and will be staffed primarily by recent college graduates who are still on their parents’ insurance. Senator Johnson should spend his time legislating rather than litigating as our country is facing big problems that must be addressed by Congress — not the courts. All Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, but this politically motivated lawsuit only takes public attention away from how bad all of Obamacare really is and focuses it on a trivial issue. Fortunately, Senator Johnson’s suit is likely frivolous and will not achieve the result he’s seeking."<ref name=law>[http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/sensenbrenner-blasts-ron-johnsons-lawsuit-against-staff-health-care-contributions/ ''Roll Call'', "Sensenbrenner Blasts Ron Johnson’s Lawsuit Against Staff Healthcare Contributions," accessed January 6, 2014]</ref>
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Johnson responded to Sensenbrenner's comments.  He said, "I have always respected Congressman Sensenbrenner, but I am disappointed and puzzled by his disagreement with me on an issue that all but two congressional Republicans (including Congressman Sensenbrenner) have voted in favor of — ending the special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs under Obamacare. By no means do I believe this issue is trivial, or my lawsuit to overturn this injustice is frivolous,” Johnson said in his response. “This is an issue of basic fairness that I believe is worth fighting for."<ref name=law>[http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/sensenbrenner-blasts-ron-johnsons-lawsuit-against-staff-health-care-contributions/ ''Roll Call'', "Sensenbrenner Blasts Ron Johnson’s Lawsuit Against Staff Healthcare Contributions," accessed January 6, 2014]</ref>
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====Social issues====
 
====Social issues====
======Abortion======
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=====Abortion=====
{{Support vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
  
====Previous congressional sessions====
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======Fiscal Cliff======
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=====HR 676=====
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{{Obama lawsuit GOP Yes|Name=Sensenbrenner}}
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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{{Nay vote}} 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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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s020_100.gif|right|290px|thumb|Sensenbrenner's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Sensenbrenner is a '''Hard-Core Conservative.''' Sensenbrenner received a score of 21 percent on social issues and 96 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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|Hiring= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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===March on Washington anniversary luncheon===
 
===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.<ref>[http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/276311/group/News/ ''Duluth News Tribune'', "GOP plays down Sensenbrenner remarks," accessed August 28, 2013]</ref>
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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 planned 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>
  
 
===House Judiciary Committee===
 
===House Judiciary Committee===
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Sensenbrenner was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into 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>
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===European Parliament hearing===
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Sensenbrenner blasted the NSA in a hearing with the European Parliament 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 planed 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 aimed to rein in the NSA.<ref>[http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/sensenbrenner-slams-nsa-to-european-parliament/ ''Roll Call'', "Sensenbrenner Slams NSA to European Parliament," accessed November 11, 2013]</ref>
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===NSA criticism===
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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 blamed 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."<ref>[http://thehill.com/homenews/house/192561-feinsteins-nsa-bill-is-a-joke-says-rep-james-sensenbrenner ''The Hill'', "Patriot Act author: Feinstein bill ‘a joke’'', accessed December 10, 2013]</ref>
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===ACA===
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[[Ron Johnson]] is suing the Office of Personnel Management over the subsidies provided by the government for Congressional members and staffers. The subsidies are to help offset the cost of their health insurance plans. Johnson is suing on the grounds that these subsidies are not available to all people seeking insurance under the ACA. He said, "The American people have an expectation — Wisconsinites have an expectation — that members of Congress should be subjected to the letter of the law just like they’re held to the letter of the law. In this case, members of Congress now are not being held to the letter of the law, and that creates an alienation. It creates a wedge between a member of Congress and their constituents."<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-reform-implementation/194450-ron-johnson-to-sue-over-obamacare ''The Hill'', "Johnson to sue over O-Care contributions," accessed January 6, 2014]</ref> Sensenbrenner had harsh words for Johnson's lawsuit. He said, "Senator Johnson’s lawsuit is an unfortunate political stunt. I am committed to repealing Obamacare, but the employer contribution he’s attacking is nothing more than a standard benefit that most private and all federal employees receive — including the President. Success in the suit will mean that Congress will lose some of its best staff and will be staffed primarily by recent college graduates who are still on their parents’ insurance. Senator Johnson should spend his time legislating rather than litigating as our country is facing big problems that must be addressed by Congress — not the courts. All Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, but this politically motivated lawsuit only takes public attention away from how bad all of Obamacare really is and focuses it on a trivial issue. Fortunately, Senator Johnson’s suit is likely frivolous and will not achieve the result he’s seeking."<ref name=law>[http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/sensenbrenner-blasts-ron-johnsons-lawsuit-against-staff-health-care-contributions/ ''Roll Call'', "Sensenbrenner Blasts Ron Johnson’s Lawsuit Against Staff Healthcare Contributions," accessed January 6, 2014]</ref>
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Johnson responded to Sensenbrenner's comments. He said, "I have always respected Congressman Sensenbrenner, but I am disappointed and puzzled by his disagreement with me on an issue that all but two congressional Republicans (including Congressman Sensenbrenner) have voted in favor of — ending the special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs under Obamacare. By no means do I believe this issue is trivial, or my lawsuit to overturn this injustice is frivolous,” Johnson said in his response. “This is an issue of basic fairness that I believe is worth fighting for."<ref name=law>[http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/sensenbrenner-blasts-ron-johnsons-lawsuit-against-staff-health-care-contributions/ ''Roll Call'', "Sensenbrenner Blasts Ron Johnson’s Lawsuit Against Staff Healthcare Contributions," accessed January 6, 2014]</ref>
  
===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.<ref>[http://blogs.rollcall.com/218/sensenbrenner-slams-nsa-to-european-parliament/ ''Roll Call'', "Sensenbrenner Slams NSA to European Parliament," accessed November 11, 2013]</ref>
 
  
 
==Elections==
 
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:: ''See also: [[Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
  
Sensenbrenner {{2014isrunning}} in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2014|Wisconsin's]] [[Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014|5th District]]. Sensenbrenner {{2014isseeking}} the Republican nomination in the primary. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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Sensenbrenner {{2014isrunning}} in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|2014 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] to represent [[United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2014|Wisconsin's]] [[Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014|5th District]]. Sensenbrenner ran unopposed in the primary. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
 
::''See also: [[Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District 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.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/candidates_registered_for_8_14_2012_primary_update_18061.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'' "Candidates registered by office," accessed June 10, 2012]</ref>
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Sensenbrenner ran for re-election in 2012. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat [[Dave Heaster]] in the November general election.<ref>[http://gab.wi.gov/sites/default/files/page/candidates_registered_for_8_14_2012_primary_update_18061.PDF ''Wisconsin Government Accountability Board'', "Candidates registered by office," accessed June 10, 2012]</ref>
 
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===2014===
 
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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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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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==Personal Gain Index==
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Sensenbrenner's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $15,723,191 to $21,393,142. That averages to '''$18,558,166.50''', which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Sensenbrenner ranked as the 34th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004291&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Sensenbrenner, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Sensenbrenner's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> decreased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
 
===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400365_F_Sensenbrenner''OpenCongress'', "Jim Sensenbrenner," accessed August 6, 2013]</ref>
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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 July 22, 2014]</ref>
 
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Sensenbrenner most often votes with:
 
Sensenbrenner most often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Steve Chabot]]
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
 
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Sensenbrenner least often votes with:
 
*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
 
*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
*{{bluedot}} [[Jim McDermott]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Janice Schakowsky]]
 
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===Ideology and leadership===
 
===Ideology and leadership===
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
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 ''GovTrack'', "Jim Sensenbrenner," accessed June 26, 2013]</ref>
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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 July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_sensenbrenner/400365 ''GovTrack'', "Jim Sensenbrenner," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Sensenbrenner received in June 2013.
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<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_sensenbrenner/400365 ''GovTrack'', "Jim Sensenbrenner," accessed June 26, 2013]</ref>
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===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>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Sensenbrenner missed 339 of 21,156 roll call votes from January 1979 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_sensenbrenner/400365 ''GovTrack'', "Sensenbrenner," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
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===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===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>
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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]] ranked 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>
  
===Net worth===
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===National Journal vote ratings===
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Sensenbrenner's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $15,723,191 to $21,393,142. That averages to '''$18,558,166.50''', which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96.  Sensenbrenner ranked as the 34th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00004291&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Sensenbrenner, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref>
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Sensenbrenner ranked 129th in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
 
====2012====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013]</ref>
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Sensenbrenner was one of two 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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====2011====
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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Sensenbrenner was one of three members of congress who ranked 113th in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
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," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
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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$18,558,166.50
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Frank James "Jim" Sensenbrenner Jr. (b. June 14, 1943, in Chicago, IL) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 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]

Sensenbrenner is running for re-election in 2014. He did not face a primary challenger.

Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Sensenbrenner served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1969 to 1975 and the Wisconsin State Senate from 1975 to 1979.[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 political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Sensenbrenner serves on the following committees:[3][4]

2011-2012

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

Key votes

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.[6] For more information pertaining to Sensenbrenner's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png 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.[8]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Sensenbrenner voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Nay3.png 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.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png 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.[11]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Sensenbrenner voted with 62 other Republican representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Sensenbrenner joined with the 63 other Republicans and 3 Democrats who voted against the bill.[15][16]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[18] 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.[19] Sensenbrenner voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Nay3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[21] 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.[22]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png 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.[25]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png 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.[26]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[27] Sensenbrenner joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[28][29]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png 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.[30]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Sensenbrenner's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Sensenbrenner is a Hard-Core Conservative. Sensenbrenner received a score of 21 percent on social issues and 96 percent on economic issues.[31]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[32]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Neutral Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[31]

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 planned 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.[33]

House Judiciary Committee

Sensenbrenner was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into Congress in 1979.[34] 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.[35]

European Parliament hearing

Sensenbrenner blasted the NSA in a hearing with the European Parliament 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 planed 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 aimed to rein in the NSA.[36]

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 blamed 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."[37]

ACA

Ron Johnson is suing the Office of Personnel Management over the subsidies provided by the government for Congressional members and staffers. The subsidies are to help offset the cost of their health insurance plans. Johnson is suing on the grounds that these subsidies are not available to all people seeking insurance under the ACA. He said, "The American people have an expectation — Wisconsinites have an expectation — that members of Congress should be subjected to the letter of the law just like they’re held to the letter of the law. In this case, members of Congress now are not being held to the letter of the law, and that creates an alienation. It creates a wedge between a member of Congress and their constituents."[38] Sensenbrenner had harsh words for Johnson's lawsuit. He said, "Senator Johnson’s lawsuit is an unfortunate political stunt. I am committed to repealing Obamacare, but the employer contribution he’s attacking is nothing more than a standard benefit that most private and all federal employees receive — including the President. Success in the suit will mean that Congress will lose some of its best staff and will be staffed primarily by recent college graduates who are still on their parents’ insurance. Senator Johnson should spend his time legislating rather than litigating as our country is facing big problems that must be addressed by Congress — not the courts. All Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, but this politically motivated lawsuit only takes public attention away from how bad all of Obamacare really is and focuses it on a trivial issue. Fortunately, Senator Johnson’s suit is likely frivolous and will not achieve the result he’s seeking."[39]

Johnson responded to Sensenbrenner's comments. He said, "I have always respected Congressman Sensenbrenner, but I am disappointed and puzzled by his disagreement with me on an issue that all but two congressional Republicans (including Congressman Sensenbrenner) have voted in favor of — ending the special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs under Obamacare. By no means do I believe this issue is trivial, or my lawsuit to overturn this injustice is frivolous,” Johnson said in his response. “This is an issue of basic fairness that I believe is worth fighting for."[39]


Elections

2014

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

Sensenbrenner is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Wisconsin's 5th District. Sensenbrenner ran unopposed in the primary. The general election takes 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.[40]

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.[58]

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.[59]

Jim Sensenbrenner (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[60]April 8, 2013$282,545.61$11,090.73$(31,491.35)$262,144.99
July Quarterly[61]July 9, 2013$262,144.99$55,396.56$(41,941.86)$275,599.69
October Quarterly[62]October 10, 2013$275,599.69$45,426.81$(35,187.90)$285,838.60
Year-end[63]January 31, 2014$285,838$37,020$(25,525)$297,333
April Quarterly[64]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.[65]

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.[66]

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.[67]


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Sensenbrenner's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $15,723,191 to $21,393,142. That averages to $18,558,166.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Sensenbrenner ranked as the 34th most wealthy representative in 2012.[68] Between 2004 and 2012, Sensenbrenner's calculated net worth[69] decreased by an average of 6 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2014, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[70]

Jim Sensenbrenner Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$33,415,868
2012$18,558,166
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-44%
Average annual growth:-6%[71]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[72]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.[73]

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 July 2014.[74] This was the same rating Sensenbrenner received in June 2013. [75]

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Sensenbrenner missed 339 of 21,156 roll call votes from January 1979 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[76]

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 ranked 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.[77]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Sensenbrenner ranked 129th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[78]

2012

Sensenbrenner was one of two members who ranked 170th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[79]

2011

Sensenbrenner was one of three members of congress who ranked 113th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[80]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Sensenbrenner voted with the Republican Party 90 percent of the time, which ranked 209th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[81]

2013

Sensenbrenner voted with the Republican Party 92.8 percent of the time, which ranked 198th among the 234 House Republican members as of June 2013.[82]

Personal

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

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