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Jim Sensenbrenner Jr. (I)

R

Wisconsin U.S. House, District 5 (2003 - Present)

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F. James "Jim" Sensenbrenner (Republican) is the representative from Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House. He was re-elected to his ninth term representing the 5th district, his 21st term in Congress overall. Sensenbrenner was first elected to Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District in 2002. Prior to that, Senenbrenner represented Wisconsin's 9th Congressional District from 1979 to 2003.

Sensenbrenner is the second most senior member of Congress after Don Young (R-Alaska).

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.

Sensenbrenner has served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs; the Committee on Judiciary; and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He was re-assigned to the Committee on Foreign Affairs in 2019-2020.

In 2001, Sensenbrenner introduced the U.S. Patriot Act. He also authored the Real ID Act of 2005, concerning immigration status and the issuing of driver licenses.

Sensenbrenner served in the Wisconsin State Senate from 1975 to 1979. He served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1969 to 1975.

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. 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.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Sensenbrenner's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2003-Present: U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 5th Congressional District
  • 1979-2003: U.S. Representative from Wisconsin's 9th Congressional District
  • 1975-1979: Member of the Wisconsin State Senate
    • 1977-1979: Assistant Minority Leader
  • 1969-1975: Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • 1968: Graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison with a J.D.
  • 1965: Graduated from Stanford University with an A.B.
  • 1965: Staff, U.S. Rep. J. Arthur Younger