Jim Sensenbrenner

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Jim Sensenbrenner
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U.S. House, Wisconsin, District 5
In office
January 3, 2003-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 36
Delegate, Wisconsin State Republican Conventions
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
Wisconsin State Assembly
High schoolMilwaukee Country Day School
Bachelor'sStanford University
J.D.University of Wisconsin Law Schoo
Date of birthJune 14, 1943
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
Office website
Campaign website
Frank James "Jim" Sensenbrenner Jr. (b. June 14, 1943) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Wisconsin. Sensenbrenner has represented Wisconsin's 5th congressional district since 2003, when the district he previously represented, the 9th district, was eliminated. He was first elected to the House in 1978. Sensenbrenner was re-elected in 2012.[1]

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


Sensenbrenner was born in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his bachelor's from Stanford University in 1965 and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1968. [3]


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Sensenbrenner serves on the following committees:[4]


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


House Judiciary Committee

Sensenbrenner was first appointed to the House Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Congress in 1979.[6] During his thirty year tenure on the committee, the Congressman has managed the impeachment proceedings of federal judges Samuel Kent and Walter Nixon, along with the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.[7]

In addition, Sensenbrenner serves as the Republican Ranking Member on the on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. In addition, Sensenbrenner serves on the House Judiciary Subcommittees on Courts and Competition Policy and is a member of the Task Force on Judicial Impeachment which is responsible for handling impeachments of federal judges.[8]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Sensenbrenner voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]



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" (dead link)


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

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

Campaign donors


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

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


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

Sensenbrenner won re-election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Sensenbrenner's campaign committee raised a total of $419,147 and spent $471,684.[14]


Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Sensenbrenner paid his congressional staff a total of $883,916 in 2011. Overall, Wisconsin ranks 32nd in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Sensenbrenner's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $15,678,876 to $21,782,825. That averages to $18,730,850.50, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[16]

National Journal vote ratings


See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Sensenbrenner was 1 of 3 members of congress who ranked 113th in the conservative rankings.[17]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Sensenbrenner voted with the Republican Party 87.1% of the time, which ranked 217 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[18]

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

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