Frank 'Jim' James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
Wife: Cheryl; 2 Children: Frank, Bob
Menomonee Falls, WI
- JD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1968
- BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1965
- Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 5, 2003-present
- Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 5, 2018
- Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 9, 1979-2003
- Senator, Wisconsin State Senate, 1975-1979
- Assistant Minority Leader, Wisconsin State Senate, 1976
- Representative, Wisconsin State Assembly, 1968-1975
- Executive Overreach Task Force, Member
- Foreign Affairs, Member
- Judiciary, Member
- Over Criminalization Task Force, Member
- Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, Member
- Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law, Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, Member
- Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment, Member
- Member, Congressional Coalition on Adoption
- Member, Congressional Grace Caucus
- Former Chair, Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
- Former Member, Environment Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
- Former Member, Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
- Former Chairman, House Committee on Science, United States House of Representatives
- Former Member, Immigration and Border Security Subcommittee, United States House of Representatives
- Former Chair, Judiciary Committee, United States House of Representatives
- Former Member, Science, Space and Technology Committee, United States House of Representatives
- Former Member, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, United States House of Representatives
- Former Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, United States House of Representatives
- Staff, Office of Congressman J. Arthur Younger, United States House of Representatives, 1965
- Member, American Philatelic Society
- Member, Episcopal Church
- Member, Riveredge Nature Center
- Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
Guardian of Seniors' Rights, 60-Plus Association, 2001-2003; Small Business Advocate, Small Business Survival Committee, 1999, 2004; Humane Legislator, American Humane Society, 2000; Eagle Award, Associated Builders and Contractors, 1999-2000; Defender of the Constitution, Conservative Political Action Conference, 2004; Senior Legislative Achievement Award, Seniors Coalition, 2000; Treasury Guardian, Taxpayers for Common Sense, 2000, 2003; Guardian of Small Business, National Federation of Independent Business, 1980-2004; Spirit of Enterprise, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1988-1993, 1995-1999, 2001; Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, National Association of Manufacturers, 2003-2004; Jefferson Award, Citizens for a Sound Economy, 1996-1998, 2002; Hero of the Taxpayer, Americans for Tax Reform, 1999-2004; Tax Fighter Award, National Tax-Limitation Committee, 1996, 1999-2000, 2003-2004; Friend of the Shareholder, American Shareholders Association, 2001-2004; Thomas Jefferson Award, Food Distribution Industry, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004; Taxpayers' Friend, National Taxpayers Union, 1979-2003; Golden Bulldog Award, Watchdogs of the Treasury, 1979-1995, 1999-2000; Champion of Small Business, Small Business Survival Committee, 2001-2002
The Packers, The Brewers
Favorite TV Shows:
CSPAN, Weather Channel
Hobbies or Special Talents:
Boating, Reading, hoops, swimming, stamp collecting, spending time with my family, history
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