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Bryan Steil (Republican) is the representative from Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House. Steil was elected to the office on November 6, 2018. He was elected to his first term in the office, winning 55 percent of votes to defeat Randy Bryce (D).

Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District race was identified as a 2018 battleground that might have affected partisan control of the U.S. House in the 116th Congress. House Speaker and 1st District Rep. Paul Ryan (R) announced that he would not seek re-election in 2018, leaving the seat open for the first time in 20 years. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee placed the district on its list of 2018 targets in November 2017. On August 15, 2018, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced that it was adding Bryan Steil (R) to its Contenders list, the second tier of the Young Guns program, meaning he would receive organizational and financial support from the group. In the campaign, Steil said that he would work to keep taxes low and reduce government influence on businesses and education.

In his first term in Congress, Steil was assigned to the Committee on Financial Services.

Prior to taking his seat in Congress, Steil worked as an aide to Paul Ryan and as an attorney.

Education

  • JD, University of Wisconsin, 2007
  • BS, Business Administration, Georgetown University, 2003

Professional Experience

  • JD, University of Wisconsin, 2007
  • BS, Business Administration, Georgetown University, 2003
  • General Counsel, Charter NEX Films
  • Former Attorney, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Former Corporate Counsel, Regal Beloit Corporation
  • Former Staff Member, Office of Representatives Paul Ryan, 2003-2004

Political Experience

  • JD, University of Wisconsin, 2007
  • BS, Business Administration, Georgetown University, 2003
  • General Counsel, Charter NEX Films
  • Former Attorney, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Former Corporate Counsel, Regal Beloit Corporation
  • Former Staff Member, Office of Representatives Paul Ryan, 2003-2004
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2019-present
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2018

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Financial Services

Member, Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion

Member, Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance

Member, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (Financial Services)

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, University of Wisconsin, 2007
  • BS, Business Administration, Georgetown University, 2003
  • General Counsel, Charter NEX Films
  • Former Attorney, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Former Corporate Counsel, Regal Beloit Corporation
  • Former Staff Member, Office of Representatives Paul Ryan, 2003-2004
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2019-present
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 1, 2018
  • Member, University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, 2016-present
  • Member, Saint John Vianney Parish, present
Elections

2018

General election
General election for U.S. House Wisconsin District 1

Bryan Steil (R) defeated Randy Bryce (D) and Ken Yorgan (Independent) in the general election for U.S. House Wisconsin District 1 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Bryan Steil (R)
54.6
177,492

Randy Bryce (D)
42.3
137,508

Ken Yorgan (Independent)
3.1
10,006
Other/Write-in votes
0.0
7

Total votes: 325,013
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for U.S. House Wisconsin District 1

Randy Bryce defeated Cathy Myers in the Democratic primary for U.S. House Wisconsin District 1 on August 14, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Randy Bryce (D)
59.6
36,406

Cathy Myers (D)
40.4
24,699

Total votes: 61,105
Republican primary election
Republican primary for U.S. House Wisconsin District 1

The following candidates ran in the Republican primary for U.S. House Wisconsin District 1 on August 14, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Bryan Steil (R)
51.6
30,885

Nick Polce (R)
14.9
8,948

Paul Nehlen (R)
11.1
6,638

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Kevin Steen (R)
10.5
6,262

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Jeremy Ryan (R)
10.4
6,226

Bradley Thomas "Brad" Boivin (R)
1.5
924

Total votes: 59,883




Policy Positions

2018

Abortion

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

Budget

1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- No

2. In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
- No

Education

Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- No

Energy & Environment

1. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Unknown Position

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- No

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Yes

Campaign Finance

Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
- Unknown Position

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- No

2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Immigration

1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- Unknown Position

Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
- Unknown Position

National Security

1. Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
- Unknown Position

Articles

Letter to the Hon. Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury and the Hon. Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration - Congressman Barr Requests Simplified Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Application for Small Businesses

May 28, 2020

Dear Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza:We appreciate your tireless efforts to help American businesses and workers weather the economic crisisbrought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. This voluntary shutdown of the economy to address a far-reachingpublic health crisis resulted in tremendous hardship for businesses of all sizes and their employees.Congress acted swiftly and decisively to bring immediate aid to struggling borrowers through theCoronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Paycheck Protection Program andHealthcare Enhancement Act. We are grateful for your work with us in crafting the legislation and yourefforts to create a program equipped to handle the scope of this crisis.The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was designed to allow small businesses to quickly access capitalto retain employees and build a bridge to the other side of this shutdown. To date, lenders disbursed over$531 billion in PPP loans to over 4.3 million small business across the country. Approximately 93% of thePPP loans were for $350,000 or less.The loans are intended to be forgiven if small businesses follow the rules provided by Congress, and theguidance published by U.S. Department of Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).Unfortunately, the recently-published forgiveness application places an undue burden on America'ssmallest businesses and the lenders that are assisting them through this process.On May 15th, Treasury and the SBA released the application for PPP loan forgiveness. The length,documentation requirements and complexity of the forgiveness application would be incredibly dauntingand time consuming for many constituent small businesses and the small community lenders whom thegovernment deputized to administer assistance. Many constituent small business owners indicated theywill need to hire outside legal and accounting help, at great additional expense, to confidently complete theapplication. This makes little sense for mom and pop businesses with few employees, a small payroll andcash flow challenges stemming from an involuntary, government-imposed interruption of theiroperations. Likewise, most community financial institutions that originated small PPP loans have neitherthe staff nor the forensic auditing expertise to assist their borrowers with the extensive forgivenessapplication provided by the SBA.Treasury and the SBA should tailor the forgiveness application to the size and complexity of the loan.Small business owners are already grappling with the challenges they face from the COVID-19 pandemic. The smallest businesses should not be saddled with the same forgiveness reporting burden as largerbusinesses with larger loans.Specifically, we recommend that Treasury and SBA create a streamlined forgiveness application for loansunder $350,000. This is the threshold at which the CARES Act makes the lowest cutoff in determininglender processing fees and captures the vast majority of loans provided to small businesses. Much like theIRS relies on Form 1040 EZ for taxpayers with relatively straightforward tax filings, Treasury and the SBAshould create a streamlined forgiveness application for small business loans below the dollar threshold.The application could consist of basic reporting by small businesses on how much they received and a goodfaith certification that they spent the funds in compliance with the requirements for forgiveness.Treasury has already pledged to fully audit loans in excess of $2 million. This request would not precludeTreasury and SBA from conducting oversight of the funds, or otherwise auditing any loan. But astreamlined forgiveness application would ease the burden on both borrowers and lenders of smaller PPPloans, consistent with congressional intent, while at the same time allowing Treasury and the SBA to focusits scarce and valuable resources on the program's higher risk and larger dollar-value loans.We believe that Treasury and SBA can create such a process that would comply with the parameters createdunder the CARES Act. We urge Treasury and the SBA to quickly publish a streamlined, simplifiedforgiveness application for borrowers whose PPP loans were $350,000 or less.

Steil Introduces the Stop Coronavirus Scams Act

May 27, 2020

Bryan Steil is working to protect seniors from criminal scammers preying upon our emotions during the coronavirus crisis. Steil introduced H.R. 7002, the Stop Coronavirus Scams Act. Steil's bill enhances penalties on criminals who knowingly traffic counterfeit drugs, mislabeled masks, and other false products during the coronavirus crisis. "During these challenging times, people must rely on accurate, official sources. However, criminal scammers are preying upon our vulnerabilities and capitalizing on the coronavirus crisis. I am working to hold these criminals accountable and fight back. My bill enhances penalties on scammers who aim to do our community harm. As we move to reopen our economy and protect people's health, be sure to stay informed and resilient against scams," said Steil. On background: The Stop Coronavirus Scams Act doubles the maximum penalties that can be imposed on criminals who intentionally traffic in counterfeit goods and services related to presidentially declared emergencies, such as coronavirus. Current law provides for enhanced penalties for criminals who perpetuate wire or mail fraud in connection with a declared emergency or disaster, like coronavirus. Similar disaster-related penalty enhancements for trafficking in counterfeit goods and services do not currently exist. Steil held a virtual press conference on the bill earlier today. You can watch the recording of the press conference here. In today's Janesville Gazette, Steil penned an op-ed on the Stop Coronavirus Scams Act and importance of ensuring our community has the resources to avoid scams and fraud. You can access the Stop Coronavirus Scams Act FAQ document here. Earlier this month, Steil held a coronavirus scams prevention telephone town hall with representatives from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), and AARP. Thousands of residents joined the call to receive useful tips and information to combat scams during this pandemic.

Letter to the Hon. Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury and the Hon. Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration - Huizenga Leads Effort to Protect Small Businesses, Improve Safe Harbor Provision

May 13, 2020

Dear Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza:Thank you for your tireless efforts in developing and implementing the Coronavirus Aid, Reliefand Economic Security, or CARES, Act. Included in this package was the critical PaycheckProtection Program, which has provided a critical lifeline to businesses struggling to keep theirdoors open and stay afloat.As you know, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was set up to provide small businessesaccess to emergency capital in the form of low-interest private loans guaranteed by the U.S.Small Business Administration (SBA). These loans were to be used for payroll and otherstatutorily defined business expenses, conditioned upon business retaining or rehiring employees.These provisions were intended to incentivize business owners to keep their employees, providea steady source of income for millions of Americans and limit start-up costs after the pandemic.As part of the PPP loan application, there is a certification required that the "[c]urrent economicuncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of theApplicant." While the PPP interim rule did not define necessity, it is clear that Congressenvisioned supporting companies that may not survive given their limited access to capital. Thisdoes not mean that the business had to demonstrate likely foreclosure to qualify. Nor does thebusiness need to demonstrate that it had no other means of obtaining credit.Although applicants were not required to seek credit elsewhere or otherwise show likely closurebefore applying, it appears that enforcement agencies will be scrutinizing the perceived need forthe funding. Post-issuance reviews seem likely to focus on whether the applicant had sufficientcash reserves, had access to capital from related sources, issued projections showing limitedimpact during the COVID-19 crisis, or was otherwise in a strong financial position prior toapplying for the loan or loan forgiveness. In its supplemental FAQs issued on April 23, SBA urged borrowers to "review carefully therequired certification" regarding necessity of the loan. SBA's interim final rule gave borrowers a"limited safe harbor" window of opportunity, until May 7, 2020, to return funds that in retrospectthey should not have received. However, that window has since been extended until May 14,2020. The SBA has indicated it would deem the original certification as made in good faith -- inother words, ignore the mistaken certification and forego civil, or even criminal, enforcementdown the road -- if the funds are returned within that time frame.However, as currently drafted, the interim final rule issued by the SBA has created some veryvague guidance regarding the safe harbor provision. We ask that you exercise the power of yourrespective offices to extend the safe harbor window of opportunity for business certification untilone week after the issuance of a final rule. This will give businesses the opportunity to fullyreview the final guidance in order to determine whether or not to return the funds.Thank you for your immediate attention to this issue and again, we ask that you extend the safeharbor provision until one week after final guidance is issued. We look forward to continuing towork with you on this and other important issues to ensure the full recovery of the U.S.economy.