Jim Sensenbrenner

Jim Sensenbrenner


Don’t Forget the Cranberry Sauce


There are many things that make Thanksgiving a special time of year. It’s an opportunity to sit down and spend time with our family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on the many blessings we enjoy throughout the year, and of course, it’s a time for great food. 

This Thanksgiving, as you prepare your meals, take pride in knowing that many of the Thanksgiving foods we enjoy are produced right here in Wisconsin. 

Take dinner rolls, for example. 
Wisconsin is famous for being “America’s Dairyland,” but we also have been known as “America’s Breadbasket.” From 1840- 1880, one-sixth of the nation’s wheat came from Wisconsin fields, and although we are no longer the country’s top wheat producer, it is still among  Wisconsin’s leading industries.

How about those mashed potatoes… 
When you think of potatoes, Wisconsin may not come to mind, but our state is actually the third leading potato producer in the country, just behind Idaho and Washington. 

…with a side of corn?
More than 15,000 farmers in Wisconsin grow corn on approximately three million acres, and the state is one of the top producers in the nation. In addition to food, Wisconsin corn is used for livestock feed, and about 10 percent of the state’s production is exported. 

What would a Wisconsin meal be without cheese?
They don’t call us “cheeseheads” for nothing. Wisconsin ranks number one in the United States for cheese production. Whether it’s cheese and crackers before dinner, shredded cheese sprinkled in our salads or on our potatoes, or baked with love into our green bean casseroles, it’s hard to imagine Thanksgiving without delicious Wisconsin cheese.

Wash it down with an ice-cold glass of milk. 
Wisconsin has been the country’s leading dairy state since 1915, and it’s a proud tradition we hold today. Our state is a national leader in milk production with more than 10,000 dairy farms, each with an average of 120 dairy cows. 

And don’t forget the cranberry sauce.
Wisconsin has been the largest producer of cranberries in the country for the last 20 years. In fact, Wisconsin is the largest producer of cranberries in the world. They are Wisconsin’s largest fruit industry, and the cranberry was declared the official state fruit in 2004. More than 250 growers throughout the state produce cranberries on land that spans 20 counties. That’s a lot of cranberries! 

I’m thankful for many things, including my family, friends, health, and the privilege of serving the people of Wisconsin’s Fifth District. Thank you for the opportunity to be your representative. Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving Day.
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Obama must avoid a constitutional crisis on Guantanamo


In a recent Post op-ed, Gregory B. Craig, former White House counsel, and Cliff Sloan, former special envoy for Guantanamo closure, argued that President Obama has the legal authority to ignore the law and transfer some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists to the United States.

I sincerely hope that, as former Obama administration officials, they are not laying the groundwork for a course of conduct from the White House that can end only in constitutional crisis. In a recent letter, I respectfully requested that the president reject Craig and Sloan’s legal reasoning and assure Congress that he will not transfer detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States in violation of the law.

The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war but reserves to the president, as commander in chief, the ability to “make war.” This led Craig and Sloan to conclude that Congress cannot “direct specific facilities in which specific detainees must be held.”

Stated this broadly, I agree. But in framing the question as “whether Congress can tell the president where military detainees must be held,” they grossly mischaracterized the issue.

Congress has not required that any individual detainee be held in a specific facility. Rather, it prohibited the use of federal funds to move detainees from Guantanamo to the United States. This is not a de facto mandate that the president maintain the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, as Craig and Sloan seemed to assume. It is a legitimate exercise of congressional power to prevent the president from housing some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists on U.S. soil. This, emphatically, Congress can do.

The Constitution’s separation of powers is also a balance of powers. While the president has broad powers as commander in chief, Congress has equally broad authority in its power of the purse and its exclusive grant of legislative powers. The Constitution gives Congress authority to “make all Laws necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the . . . Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States.” In other words, Congress makes the rules, and the president executes them. Relative to detainees, the Constitution even gives Congress the explicit power to “make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water.” Congress has done exactly that.

In banning transfers of dangerous terrorists into the United States, Congress is exercising a legitimate legislative function. We saw with the June escape of dangerous criminals in upstate New York that it is impossible to guarantee Guantanamo Bay detainees will remain confined. Congress has the right to legislate to protect against this risk and to protect the emotional security of Americans who may feel justifiably concerned about living in close proximity to enemy combatants responsible for the deadliest attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor.

Moreover, in United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez, the Supreme Court held that the Constitution does not protect noncitizens outside our country. If the president were to unilaterally move alien terrorists into the United States, those terrorists could argue for constitutional protections. Congress has the right to protect against this possibility, especially because Congress, not the president, has the authority to determine how and when the domestic criminal laws should be applied.

Craig and Sloan wrote that Congress can pass military regulations, authorize detentions and military tribunals and broadly regulate the treatment of prisoners of war. But for some reason they emphatically denied that it can prevent known terrorists from being transferred to U.S. soil.

In so arguing, they did not mention Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer — the seminal Supreme Court decision on the relative powers of the executive and legislative branches of government.

In Youngstown, a labor dispute led to a strike that threatened to close the nation’s steel mills in the midst of the Korean War. President Harry S. Truman believed this would cripple the war effort and ordered that the U.S. government take control of the nation’s steel mills to prevent their closure. In passing the Taft-Hartley Act, however, Congress specifically considered and rejected an amendment that would authorize government seizures in cases of emergency.

Truman’s order was in direct contravention of congressional will, but he argued it was justified because it was necessary to avoid national catastrophe in a time of war. The Supreme Court disagreed.

In a concurrence that has become a foundation of constitutional law, Justice Robert H. Jackson described executive authority as ebbing and flowing in conjunction with congressional will. When the president acts with congressional authority, this power is “at its maximum.” When the president acts in the absence of either a congressional grant or denial of authority, there is a “zone of twilight” where Congress may have concurrent authority. When the president acts against the express will of Congress, however, his power is at its “lowest ebb.”

Jackson presciently warned of the danger of allowing the president to ignore Congress: “Presidential claim to a power at once so conclusive and preclusive must be scrutinized with caution, for what is at stake is the equilibrium established by our constitutional system.”

With these stakes, and against this precedent, Craig and Sloan concluded that the president can and should ignore the expressed will of Congress and transfer the Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States. I disagree. Hopefully, as a constitutional scholar, President Obama does as well.
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Three Things to Remember about President Obama’s Clean Power Plan


Next month, President Obama heads to Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, and he isn’t going empty-handed. In coordination with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, the President has created his Clean Power Plan, a dangerous and costly climate change initiative that would leave America at an international economic disadvantage for little environmental gain. As the conference gets closer, here are three things to remember about the President’s Clean Power Plan: 

1. Similar legislation could not pass in 2009
In 2009, President Obama was riding a wave of popularity and turned his focus from his campaign victory to the legislative wish list given to him by liberal lobbyists and the radical base of the Democratic Party. A top priority was climate change, but despite his personal popularity, overwhelming democratic majorities in both chambers, and help from then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, he could not pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill. The failure of that bill was a severe example of just how disastrous the legislation was. 

2. The Clean Power Plan, and the President’s climate agreements, will put America at a disadvantage 
President Obama is intent on reaching stringent emissions agreements in Paris next month, but in his negotiations, it’s imperative that any agreement include equal commitments from other countries. If not, he will put America at a severe economic and technological disadvantage. Enacting stricter regulations for the U.S., while allowing competing nations to advance under lax emissions standards, would reduce incentives for American businesses to develop responsible environmental technologies. It would also give our competitors an economic edge on the international market while simultaneously killing American jobs. We saw this previously in his negotiations with China. Under that terrible agreement, China was allowed to continue increasing their emissions through 2030, while the U.S. agreed to cut emissions. 

3. The Clean Power Plan would increase energy prices for the American taxpayer 
Energy prices are guaranteed to increase under the Clean Power Plan, and the United States Chamber of Commerce estimates that the initiative will cost American taxpayers $51 billion. That means much higher energy prices for the people of Southeastern Wisconsin. When you consider that our national debt is already at a crippling $18 trillion, the President’s plan unnecessarily puts additional financial burdens on hardworking middle class families and businesses – burdens that have increasingly become too heavy to bear – burdens that hit Wisconsin families harder than most due to the state’s reliance on coal. 

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan is a bad deal for America. If we want to continue being an international leader while building our economy and protecting the hardworking taxpayers, it’s critical we oppose this failed policy and ensure the President cannot cause further damage to this country in his last months as Commander-in-Chief.
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Sensenbrenner: Obamacare Harms America’s Most Vulnerable


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sensenbrenner released the following statement regarding the alarming indications that UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest health insurer, may be opting out of the Obamacare exchanges:

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “UnitedHealth Group’s recent threats of leaving the Obamacare exchanges are not surprising, but they’re indicative of what we already knew –the Affordable Care Act is a disastrous policy that harms Americans. Increased deductibles, fewer options in healthcare providers, and a general lack of coverage are not only hurting American businesses, but also the most vulnerable in our society. This terrible initiative was doomed from its conception and should be completely repealed and replaced with a true, free-market system that would provide the first rate healthcare that our citizens need and deserve.”

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Sensenbrenner Statement on the American SAFE Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sensenbrenner released the following statement on H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act:

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Protecting the safety of American citizens should not be a political issue. The American SAFE Act will temporarily halt the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States until the Obama Administration successfully creates a thorough vetting, identification, and monitoring process. America’s top security experts have voiced their concerns over the current system, which should make the President take pause. This country has always been a world leader in helping those in need, but we simply cannot take a casual approach to our own safety.”
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Sensenbrenner Joins Colleagues in Urging the Temporary Halt of Syrian and Iraqi Refugee Admissions to the U.S.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, along with dozens of bipartisan lawmakers, sent the following letter to President Obama urging him to temporarily halt the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States. 

Concerned lawmakers are urging the President to immediately halt the admission of refugees from Syria and Iraq into the United States until the Administration successfully creates a thorough vetting process that will identify all individuals who may pose a security threat, as well as contain an effective monitoring process for all refugees.

Dear Mr. President:

Our thoughts and prayers remain with victims of the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, and we support your efforts to assist the French people during their time of need.

Nonetheless, we cannot ignore that, despite your claims, the recent attacks in Paris and the suspected bombing of a Russian airliner, demonstrate that the threat of ISIS is not contained to Syria and Iraq.

Disturbingly, media reports indicate one terrorist killed during the Paris attacks may have arrived in Europe from Syria under the guise of a refugee. These events coincide with your Administration’s plan to raise the United States’ refugee ceiling in order to admit thousands of additional Syrians onto U.S. soil.

The United States has a proud tradition of opening its arms to those in need. However, the current conflict raging in the Middle East is unique and we cannot be certain that all individuals seeking refuge from the conflicts in Syria and Iraq pose no threat to Americans. Our first priority must be to protect our own citizens from harm.

Consequently, we urge you to immediately halt admissions of refugees from Syria and Iraq onto American soil. We ask that these admissions remain suspended until your Administration creates both a truly thorough vetting process to identify individuals who pose a security threat and an extensive monitoring process for all relocated refugees that ensures Americans are safe from potential threats. In order to meet this standard for effective security screening and monitoring, your Administration must first notify Congress of all policy changes, provide all information used to justify admission for each refugee to the House and Senate Intelligence, Judiciary, and Homeland Security Committees and satisfy the concerns of all Committees.

We urge your immediate action to suspend these admissions until effective vetting and monitoring processes are established that ensures the safety of the American people. We look forward to your timely response.

See full text here.
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Sensenbrenner Seeks Answers on NASA Contracting Practices


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner sent a letter to National Aeronautics and Space Administrator Charles F. Bolden, as well as a letter to Inspector General Paul K. Martin seeking answers on NASA’s contracting practices.

After awarding a $1.3 billion contract to update the NASA Integrated Communications Service (NICS), NASA’s full and open competition requirements have been called into question. In his letters, Congressman Sensenbrenner calls on Administrator Bolden and Inspector General Martin to address all concerns regarding transparency in awarding Agency contracts. 

See full letter to Administrator Charles F. Bolden here.

See full letter to Inspector General Paul K. Martin here.

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House Judiciary Committee Unveils Bills to Address Federal Over-Criminalization


Washington, D.C. – As part of the House Judiciary Committee’s criminal justice reform initiative, members of the House Judiciary Committee unveiled four bills to rein in the explosion of federal criminal law, commonly referred to as over-criminalization. These bills, along with theSentencing Reform Act (H.R. 3713), will be marked up by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. 

The United States Code currently contains nearly 5,000 federal crimes. Recent studies estimate that approximately 60 new federal crimes are enacted each year, and over the past three decades, Congress has averaged 500 new crimes per decade.  In addition to the statutory criminal offenses, there are thousands of federal regulations that, if violated, can also result in criminal liability. Many of these laws and regulations impose criminal penalties on people who have no idea they are violating a law.

The bills unveiled today address the underlying issues that have contributed to over-criminalization:

The Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015, authored by Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), creates a default mens rea standard that applies when federal law does not provide a state of mind requirement so that only those who actually intend to commit the crime can be criminally liable. It also creates uniform definitions for several terms that are used frequently throughout title 18 of the Criminal Code. 

“Mens rea is a critical issue that must be addressed as Congress examines and puts forth serious criminal justice reform legislation,” said Crime Subcommittee Chairman Sensenbrenner on the introduction of this bill. “Aggressive over-criminalization in this country over the past three decades has left us with a bloated criminal code that makes honest Americans and small businesses vulnerable to the legal repercussions of unintentional violations. Reform is necessary to improve our current standards, reduce our overbearing criminal code, and protect the freedoms of hardworking American citizens.”

The Regulatory Reporting Act of 2015, sponsored by Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-Calif.), which requires every federal agency to submit a report to Congress listing each rule of that agency that, if violated, may be punishable by criminal penalties, along with information about the rule. 

“The federal regulatory burden has expanded exponentially over the past decades,” said Congresswoman Walters. “Perhaps the worst type of overregulation occurs when unelected bureaucrats put in place regulations that, if violated, carry criminal penalties. This bill takes the first step in reining in federal regulatory overreach and restoring important power to Congress in determining criminal statutes.”

The Clean Up the Code Act of 2015, authored by Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), eliminates several statutes in the U.S. Code that subject violators to criminal penalties, such as the unauthorized use of the 4-H emblem or the interstate transportation of dentures. 

“While we need to make sure that there are appropriate punishments for illegal activity, people should not be criminally prosecuted for honest mistakes or benign behavior,” said Congressman Chabot. “Over the last few decades, there has been a significant expansion of the federal criminal code, and that has led to the criminalization of some activities that simply should not be crimes, such as unauthorized use of an emblem or slogan or the transportation of dentures.  Our legislation will help to simplify and streamline the federal criminal code by eliminating several unnecessary and trivial criminal penalties."

The Fix the Footnotes Act of 2015, sponsored by Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.), fixes the footnotes in the current version of the Criminal Code to address errors made by Congress in drafting the laws. 

“Constituents expect their representatives to thoughtfully maintain and update the nation’s Criminal Code, to ensure the law is applied justly and effectively,” said Congressman Buck. “To that end, I’m proud to introduce the Fix the Footnotes Act of 2015, which fixes errors that Congress made when originally drafting the laws. While the fixes may only be technical changes, every word is important when Americans’ liberty is at stake.”  

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the following on the introduction of these bills: 

“Over the past few decades, the federal criminal code has expanded dramatically. The bills introduced by several of our colleagues make commonsense changes to the federal criminal code to ensure our laws fit within the overall federal criminal law scheme, are appropriate in force relative to other criminal laws, require that a person must intend to commit a crime in order to be criminally liable for that crime, and are necessary. We look forward to moving these bills through the Committee soon.”

To learn more about the House Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan criminal justice reform initiative, click here. Read More

Sensenbrenner Judicial Redress Bill Gains Support of Justice Department


WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik sent a letter to the United States House Committee on the Judiciary in support of the Judicial Redress Act of 2015, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner.

Kadzik notes that the Judicial Redress Act is “critical to ensuring continued strong law enforcement cooperation between the United States and the European Union,” and that the “diminishment of lawful information sharing options… would dramatically reduce cooperation and significantly hinder counterterrorism efforts, in addition to the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of other criminal offenses.” 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “We live in a time of unprecedented threats of violence, crime, and terrorism. Data and information sharing is a key component to combat these threats, as well as strengthen our international relationships and increase national and international security. The Judicial Redress Act is an important step forward in building trust and cooperation between nations, and with the support of the Justice Department, I’m confident this common sense, bipartisan legislation will be passed by my colleagues in the Senate.”

The Judicial Redress Act of 2015 (H.R. 1428) was passed in the House of Representatives on October 20, 2015 and referred to the Senate for consideration. The legislation would extend certain privacy protection rights to citizens of European countries, as well as other allied nations, if the federal government willfully discloses information in violation of the Privacy Act. Under the Judicial Redress Act, citizens of designated countries would be extended the core benefits of the Privacy Act, which already applies to Americans, with regard to information shared with U.S. law enforcement authorities, including the ability to bring a lawsuit for the intentional or willful disclosure of personal information.  Many countries already extend such protections to U.S. citizens.  Read More

Sensenbrenner Sets the Record Straight on USA FREEDOM


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner released the following statement:

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The tragedy and acts of terrorism recently perpetrated in Paris, France have inspired impassioned responses to our nation’s problems. However, these horrific actions are no excuse for the knee-jerk reactions, political platitudes, and fear mongering we’ve been experiencing from some of my colleagues in its aftermath. 

“The USA FREEDOM Act was carefully crafted to protect constitutional rights without risking national security. It was passed with the support of the NSA. Any claim that USA FREEDOM hindered the NSA is fear-mongering plain and simple. In fact, the bill’s changes were phased in over a 6 month grace period and haven’t even taken effect yet. This attack happened despite the government’s bulk collection of innocent Americans’ phone data. Once again, bulk collection is not the answer.”  
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Clyman Office Hours at 10:30am


Please join me at the Clyman Village Hall, located at 713 Morgan Street. Should you require special accommodations to attend, please contact my Brookfield office at (262) 784-1111 or (800) 242-1119. Read More

Fort Atkinson Town Hall Meeting at 9:00 AM


Please join me for a town hall meeting at Fort Atkinson City Hall, located at 101 N. Main Street. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor. An elevator is available in the main lobby. Read More

Hartland Town Hall Meeting at 9:00am


Please join me at 9:00am at the Hartland Village Hall, located at 210 Cottonwood Avenue. Read More

Delafield Town Hall Meeting at 7:00pm


Please join me the Delafield City Hall, located at 500 Genesee Street. If you have any questions or require special accomodations, please contact my Brookfield office at (262) 784-1111. Read More

Waukesha Town Hall Meeting at 1:00pm


Please join me on Saturday, April 18th at 1:00pm for a town hall meeting at the Waukesha Public Library, located at 321 Wisconsin Avenue. The meeting will be held in the Community Room, located on the lower level. Read More

Watertown Town Hall Meeting at 9:00am


Please join me on Saturday, April 18th at 9:00am at the Watertown Municipal Building, located at 106 Jones Street. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor. An elevator is available adjacent to the main lobby. Read More

Brookfield Town Hall Meeting at 9:00am


Please join me at the Brookfield Public Safety Building, located at 2100 N. Calhoun Road, for a town hall meeting on Saturday, March 28th at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Court Room.

*This meeting was previously scheduled for March 21 at 9:00 a.m. Read More

Richfield Town Hall Meeting at 7:00pm


Please join me on Monday, February 23rd at 7:00pm at the Richfield Village Hall, located at 4128 Hubertus Road. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers on the lower level. Read More

Slinger Town Hall Meeting at 7:00pm


Please join me on Monday, February 9th at 7:00pm at the Slinger Village Hall, located at 220 Slinger Road, for a town hall meeting. Read More

West Allis Town Hall Meeting at 1:00pm


Please join me at the West Allis Public Library, located at 7421 W. National Avenue, on Saturday, April 5th at 1:00pm. The meeting will be held in the Constitution Room, located off of the main lobby. Read More

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2013-08-28 13:32:13

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2013-08-28 13:10:01

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Sensenbrenner discusses abuses of the Patriot Act

2013-06-18 14:07:30

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2013-06-18 14:06:56

Sensenbrenner: AG Holder must explain his testimony

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Sensenbrenner: Holder has lost the trust of the American people

2013-06-18 14:05:40

Sensenbrenner and Cavuto discuss Holder and the Media Surveillance Scandal

2013-06-04 21:31:17

Sensenbrenner Talks to Shannon Bream on America's News HQ

2013-06-03 14:20:56

Sensenbrenner Talks to Megyn Kelly about Holder's Misleading Testimony

2013-05-29 18:53:24

Sensenbrenner Questions Holder at a Hearing on Oversight of DOJ

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F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., (Jim), represents the Fifth Congressional District of Wisconsin. The Fifth District includes parts of Milwaukee, Dodge and Waukesha counties, and all of Washington and Jefferson counties.

Jim was born in Chicago and later moved to Wisconsin with his family. He graduated from the Milwaukee Country Day School and did his undergraduate studies at Stanford University, where he majored in political science. He then earned his law degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1968.

After serving ten years in the Wisconsin State Legislature, Jim ran for a U.S. House seat and was elected in November, 1978. He has been reelected since 1980.

Jim’s current committee assignments include serving on the Committee on Science and Technology and the Committee on the Judiciary. Congressman Sensenbrenner is Chairman of the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Oversight Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and Internet, and the Subcommittees on Environment and Oversight.

He is the former Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and as a long-serving committee member, Jim has established a strong record on crime, intellectual property and constitutional issues. Previously, Jim also served as Chairman of the House Committee on Science, where he solidified his reputation as an independent leader on science issues, as well as oversight.

Throughout his public life, Jim has been at the forefront of efforts to preserve the sanctity of life, eliminate wasteful government spending and protect the interests of American taxpayers. He has regularly been cited by the National Taxpayers Union as one of the most fiscally responsible House Members and is well known for completing his financial disclosure forms down to the penny.

Jim is proud of his many legislative achievements that have helped improve the lives of many during his tenure in Congress.

In 1977, Jim married Cheryl Warren of Green Bay, Wisconsin, a staunch advocate for the rights of the disabled. They have two adult children, Frank and Bob. In his free time, Jim enjoys watching the Packers and reading.

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