Jim Sensenbrenner

Jim Sensenbrenner

WISCONSIN's 5th DISTRICT

Clyman Office Hours at 10:30am

2015/09/21

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

2015/09/19

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

2015/09/12

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

Sensenbrenner Now Accepting Service Academy Applications

2015/08/28

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced today that he is accepting applications for nominations to attend the United States Air Force, Military, Naval, or Merchant Marine Academies for the 2016- 2017 academic year. 

Upon submitting an application, candidates will be interviewed by a member of the Congressman’s Academy Selection Committee, composed of local community leaders.  The interview is an assessment of the candidate’s leadership potential, character, motivation, and interests. The Congressman will make his nominations based on the recommendations of his committee. The deadline for completed applications is Thursday, October 15, 2015.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for nomination.  

Applications are only accepted from United States citizens with residency in Wisconsin’s Fifth Congressional District. Applicants must also be at least 17 years old but not past their 23rd birthday as of July 1, 2016, and must have reached their senior year of high school.  

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “As a Member of Congress, I have the distinct pleasure of nominating to the service academies the best and the brightest young leaders from the Fifth Congressional District. I urge those who wish to receive an offer of appointment at any one of these prestigious institutions to contact my district office in Brookfield for details relating to the application process.” 

Congressman Sensenbrenner’s district office can be reached at 120 Bishops Way, Room 154, Brookfield, WI 53005, or by calling (262) 784-1111.  Information is also available on Congressman Sensenbrenner’s website at Sensenbrenner.house.gov.   
 
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I'll See You in Washington

2015/08/21

There are a lot of things to do and see in our Nation’s Capitol, but one of the most notable experiences Washington, D.C. has to offer is the free tour of our Capitol building. 

Experienced tour guides bring history to life while leading visitors through grand halls and underground tunnels. America’s greatest leaders are honored throughout the Capitol in paintings and statues, and imaginations are unleashed through detailed accounts of events, feuds, compromises, and the creation of laws. 

However, one of the highlights of the Capitol tour is the opportunity to see legislation being debated, voted on, and passed in the present day. With special gallery passes, visitors can enter the Senate and House Chambers and watch as real bills are brought to the floor and discussed. 

My staff and I are pleased to help schedule a tour for you during your visit to Capitol Hill, as well as provide you with special gallery passes. So if you’re planning a trip to Washington, D.C., I hope you’ll visit my website at http://sensenbrenner.house.gov/tour_signup/default.aspx and take advantage of all the free resources available to you as my constituent. 

In addition to a Capitol Hill tour, I can also help you request tours at various iconic locations, including:

• The White House
• The Library of Congress
• The Supreme Court
• The Pentagon
• The Bureau of Engraving and Printing
• The FBI Visitor Center
• The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

It’s my pleasure to serve as your representative, and I look forward to helping you make your trip a success. See you in Washington! 
 
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Continuing Commitment to Constituents

2015/08/14

It is my great honor to serve as your Congressman, and one of the highest privileges of the job is to spend time in the district, learn from my constituents, and make a positive difference in people’s lives. 

I’ve always believed that cultivating personal connections is the key to success, not only in governmental affairs, but in everyday life. That is why I spend as much time as possible visiting people and attending events in every community throughout the Fighting Fifth. It’s only through conversation and face-to-face meetings that I can truly feel the pulse of the district and understand the issues most important to those I represent. 

Last month I celebrated my 100th public meeting of 2015, but I’m not stopping there. I’m looking forward to continuing my travels throughout the district, hosting meetings, attending events, and connecting with constituents. 

My meetings are open to the public and I encourage you to stop by, say hello, and let me know your concerns; or make me aware of a problem you are experiencing with the federal government. You can find the full list of upcoming meetings at http://sensenbrenner.house.gov/contact

If you cannot make it to a meeting, I hope you get in touch through letters and emails. I see every letter I receive and respond as quickly as possible, so rest assured your voice is being heard. You can submit your thoughts at http://sensenbrenner.house.gov/contact/email.htm

Thank you for entrusting me with the great responsibility of representing your interests in the United States Congress. It’s my honor to continue serving the great state of Wisconsin, and the wonderful people of the Fifth District.  Read More

Sensenbrenner and Subcommittee Chairs Support Objective Biofuel Study

2015/08/07

Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner sent the following letter to United States Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz requesting an independent, objective study into the effects advanced biofuel blends have in small engines. 

Dear Secretary Moniz:

We write to you regarding the Department of Energy’s (DOE) proposed study entitled Advanced Biofuel Blends in Small Engines. We support studying this issue, but request that DOE conduct the study in an independent, objective, and wholly scientific manner. 

DOE’s 2009-10 Catalyst Study on the effects of E-15 gas on automobiles raised concerns from consumer and industry groups. Organizations including, but not limited to, the Milk Producers Council, Friends of the Earth, American Petroleum Institute, American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, National Turkey Federation, Outdoor Power Equipment Institute and the National Black Chamber of Commerce cosigned a letter addressing this issue. Meanwhile, the Renewable Fuels Association stated that the Coordinating Research Council’s (CRC) study on E-15 was flawed. DOE also stated that the CRC’s study was deeply flawed. 

To prevent the Advanced Biofuel Blends in Small Engines study from becoming a political football, DOE should partner with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct research on this topic. The NAS will provide independent and objective advice to DOE that would satisfy interested parties and stakeholders.

As Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology your answers to the following questions may be helpful as we conduct oversight of your research on advanced biofuel blends in small engines. Please answer the following questions by August 27, 2015.

1. Do you agree that there was a significant amount of concern regarding studies on the effects of E-15 in automobiles, including the DOE and CRC studies?

2. What is the best way to conduct an independent, objective and scientific study on advanced biofuel blends in small engines?

3. How much do you estimate that a study on this issue will cost? 

4. What are your goals for the small engine study?

5. Would it be unusual for DOE to partner with NAS on a scientific study?

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

F. JAMES SENSENBRENNER, JR.
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Working on Behalf of Human Life

2015/08/05

Each and every human life is sacred. We have a profound obligation to protect the right to life, especially for the unborn. 

Over the past month, I have received many phone calls and letters from you, my constituents, expressing your views on the recent videos that have surfaced which expose the horrific practice of harvesting and selling fetal tissue that has been acquired through abortion. 

These revelations are tragic and are certainly a misuse of taxpayer dollars. In response, I introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of fetal tissue acquired through an abortion. Due to a poorly drafted section of federal law, Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics are currently able to legally sell fetal tissue from aborted babies to research institutions. My bill will make it illegal to do so, preventing these clinics from continuing to profit from victimizing the defenseless.

It’s not enough to defund Planned Parenthood.  We also need to change the law that allows abortion clinics to profit from this disgusting practice.

I also signed a letter with more than 150 of my colleagues, urging Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Department of Justice to launch an immediate and thorough investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood. 

I will continue to fight on behalf of the innocent and advocate for the unborn. Thank you for your many comments on this issue.
 

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Sensenbrenner, Davis Reintroduce the Second Chance Reauthorization Act

2015/07/30

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, and Congressman Danny Davis (D-Ill.) yesterday introduced the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015 with the support of House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and others. 

The Second Chance Reauthorization Act builds on the success of the original Second Chance Act of 2008 and continues to authorize funding for both public and private entities to evaluate and improve academic and vocational education for offenders in prison, jails and juvenile facilities. 

Congress passed the Second Chance Act with strong bipartisan support and President George W. Bush signed it into law in 2008. This legislation provides non-profit faith and community-based organizations with mentoring grants to develop support programs such as drug treatment, housing, job training, medical care, and education. Re-entry services have been improved, which resulted in a reduction in recidivism and helped ensure a successful return to society for prisoners who have completed their sentence. More than 100,000 men, women, and youth returning home from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities have benefited from Second Chance grants providing career training, mentoring, family-based substance abuse treatment, and other evidence-based reentry programs.  

This investment has also paid public safety dividends. A report from the National Reentry Resource Center highlights how numerous states have experienced drastic reductions in statewide recidivism rates as a result of robust reentry services made possible in part through Second Chance.   

The outcomes are impressive, but state and local governments as well as non-profit organizations are in dire need of resources in order to ensure that the millions of individuals returning from prison, jail, and juvenile facilities each year continue to receive coordinated evidence-based reentry services.

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The Second Chance Reauthorization Act is an important component of my ongoing efforts to reform and improve our federal criminal justice system, save taxpayer money, and strengthen American families. While prisons are important deterrents in our fight against crime, they remain one part of the solution to a complex problem. Rehabilitation efforts, such as the ones in the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, will help prisoners who have paid their debt to society get back on the right path and become successful, contributing members of their communities.”

Congressman Davis: “Giving individuals a real second chance has turned lives around in neighborhoods across the country, offering a real alternative to a pervasive and damaging cyclical life of crime. We see the ripple effects everywhere where people are building stable, productive lives and neighborhoods through these federally funded programs. We must not lose this momentum.”

Chairman Goodlatte: “The Judiciary Committee recently launched a Criminal Justice Initiative to evaluate proposals to reform our nation's criminal justice system. Prisoner reentry is a key piece of any reform effort. I’m proud to be a cosponsor of the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT.) and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Additional information about the Second Chance Reauthorization Act:
 Bill Text
• Section-by-Section
• One Page Summary
 

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Sensenbrenner Stands up for Charitable Organizations

2015/07/30

Yesterday, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner reintroduced the Charitable Giving Act, legislation that would support and encourage charitable giving by carving out the limitations imposed on charitable deductions. 

In January 2013, the “Pease rule” reinstated and made permanent the overall limitation on all itemized deductions for those with adjusted gross income above the statutory limit. This limits itemized deductions for charitable donations, de-incentivizing individuals from contributing to worthwhile organizations such as hospitals, veterans’ organizations, universities, and disaster relief services. 

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Non-profits and charitable organizations are the country’s safety nets that provide services and funding beyond what our financially-limited government programs can provide. These organizations heavily rely on the generosity of private donors, and they, as well as the countless people and causes they serve, would suffer from the continued upholding of the Pease rule.”

 
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Now is the Time for Criminal Justice Reform

2015/07/30

Over the past three decades, America's federal prison population has more than quadrupled — from 500,000 in 1980 to more than 2.3 million today. Prison spending has increased alongside it, placing a heavy burden on American taxpayers. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, between 1980-2013, prison spending has increased by 595 percent, a staggering figure that is both irresponsible and unsustainable. Currently, the federal prison system consumes more than 25 percent of the entire Department of Justice budget.

This redirects funding from enforcement and other criminal justice programs and reduces our system's efficiency and effectiveness. The growth in prison population and spending, plus the massive human and social costs of mass incarceration, creates an urgent need for federal criminal justice reform.

The current high incarceration rates are a result of sweeping tough-on-crime initiatives, specifically the introduction of drug mandatory minimums in the 1980s. While minimums have proved successful in some circumstances, too often low-level, non-violent individuals have been caught up in the system. Instead of considering the unique circumstances of each case, taking into account the personal and criminal history of the offender, judges are forced to comply with federally mandated minimums that lock up millions of people without discretionary judgment.

Further, the current system lacks the ability to effectively rehabilitate nonviolent offenders, leaving them without the skills, education and training to successfully reintegrate into society. A shocking 50 percent of the federal prison population has substance abuse issues, mental health issues or both. An estimated 53 percent of offenders entering prison are at or below the poverty line, and our current prison population houses a disproportionate number of African-Americans, who account for nearly 40 percent of inmates.

Our prisons have become warehouses that simply lock away offenders, rather than treating the underlying issues that brought them there. This neglect contributes to high recidivism rates and puts a revolving door on the gates of America's federal prisons.

While Congress has remained largely silent on the issue, states have embraced reform — enacting wide-ranging, evidence-based changes that both improve public safety and rein in prison costs. These state programs have succeeded by prioritizing incarceration for violent and career criminals, strengthening community supervision and adopting alternative sanctions for lower-level offenders.

For example, in 2007, Texas adopted prison reform policies. Its crime rate fell by 18 percent, while its imprisonment rate dropped by 10 percent. Similarly, in Wisconsin, after reforms were enacted, the state's crime rate fell 19 percent and the imprisonment rate fell seven percent.

The states are proving that bipartisan criminal justice reform is not only possible, but that it is working to reduce crime, decrease incarceration and lower the taxpayer burden throughout the country, all while maintaining public safety. It's time for Congress to follow suit.

Last year, Congressman Bobby Scott and I led a congressional task force to investigate over-criminalization, which examined the scope of mass incarceration, as well as evidence-based programs for reform. In June, we introduced the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Justice Act, a comprehensive bill that addresses the major drivers of the federal prison population at the front and back ends of the system.

SAFE Justice promotes targeted sentencing over a one-size-fits-all approach, curtails the ballooning number of regulatory crimes, and includes policies that more effectively change the criminal behavior of the nearly 132,000 people on federal probation and post-prison supervision. The bill, which has been endorsed by House Speaker John Boehner and boasts 36 bipartisan cosponsors, advances research-based sentencing, release and supervision policies, and will enact meaningful reforms that shadow the success seen on the state level.

Our system cannot continue on its current trajectory. It's not only fiscally unsustainable, but morally irresponsible. Now is the time for criminal justice reform, and the SAFE Justice Act delivers the change necessary to enact fairness in sentencing, reduce the taxpayer burden and ensure the increased safety and prosperity of communities across the country.
 
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Sensenbrenner to Vilsack: Don’t Impose Higher Costs on Taxpayers

2015/07/29

Yesterday, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner sent the following letter to Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement to spend $100 million on more blender fuel pumps. The oversight letter seeks answers regarding the precarious timing of this announcement, and the effects gasoline mixed with more ethanol will have on farmers and consumers.

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “Secretary Vilsack must provide evidence-based research to support increasing the number of ethanol-capable pumps in America. If this plan moves forward, farmers will be forced to pay more for animal feed, and those price increases will be passed on to the hardworking taxpayers at the pump, grocery stores, and restaurants. Further, the timing of this announcement is suspect and must be addressed.”
 
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Sensenbrenner Introduces Bill to Address Unattainable Cellulosic Biofuel Mandate

2015/07/28

Yesterday, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner introduced H.R. 3228, legislation that requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to limit the volume of cellulosic biofuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply to what is commercially available until a comprehensive study from the National Academy of Sciences is completed. 

The Renewable Fuel Standard requires increasing amounts of cellulosic biofuel to be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, but manufacturers have never produced enough fuel to meet the required standard.  The EPA has lowered the mandate, but not to the actual level of production.  Refiners have therefore paid millions of dollars in fines for failing to purchase an EPA-mandated product that doesn’t actually exist in the quantities the EPA demands.  

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “The EPA sets unachievable standards for our nation’s refiners and the cost of the EPA’s fines are passed on to consumers at the pump.  This legislation will ensure any mandates moving forward are fair, attainable, and evidence-based.”
 


                                                                          
 
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Delafield Town Hall Meeting at 7:00pm

2015/07/19

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

2015/04/18

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

2015/04/18

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

2015/03/28

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.

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Richfield Town Hall Meeting at 7:00pm

2015/02/24

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

2015/02/10

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

2014/04/05

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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Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner Introduces the SAFE Justice Act

2015-07-09 18:34:58


Sensenbrenner Urges Passage of Freedom Act

2014-05-22 17:32:30


Sensenbrenner presses Holder on Clapper's perjury

2014-04-09 13:58:50


Sensenbrenner: EPA rulemaking picks pockets of consumers

2014-03-06 20:13:14


Sensenbrenner promotes Private Property Rights Protection Act

2014-02-25 22:33:08


Sensenbrenner Discusses NSA Reform with Neil Cavuto

2014-01-13 17:48:24


Sensenbrenner discusses NSA on America's Newsroom

2013-12-09 16:18:09


Sensenbrenner questions Gina McCarthy on E15

2013-11-14 22:49:57


Sensenbrenner discusses introduction of USA FREEDOM Act

2013-10-30 16:55:50


Sensenbrenner speaks at March on Washington Anniversary

2013-08-28 13:24:45


Sensenbrenner discusses Patriot Act abuses on Happening Now

2013-08-23 13:10:28


Sensenbrenner supports the Amash Amendment

2013-07-25 12:59:29


Sensenbrenner discusses abuses of the Patriot Act

2013-06-18 14:00:47


Sensenbrenner questions FBI Director Mueller on Patriot Act abuses

2013-06-13 15:43:15


Sensenbrenner: AG Holder must explain his testimony

2013-06-12 20:36:33


Sensenbrenner: Holder has lost the trust of the American people

2013-06-12 20:20:09


Sensenbrenner and Cavuto discuss Holder and the Media Surveillance Scandal

2013-06-04 21:22:32


Sensenbrenner Talks to Shannon Bream on America's News HQ

2013-06-03 14:17:24


Sensenbrenner Talks to Megyn Kelly about Holder's Misleading Testimony

2013-05-29 18:47:47


Sensenbrenner Questions Holder at a Hearing on Oversight of DOJ

2013-05-15 18:08:49


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Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5101
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sensenbrenner.house.gov

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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