Sensenbrenner Won’t Seek Reelection

The Dean to step down. Sensenbrenner was on Mark Belling’s show to make this announcement this afternoon.

Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner says he won’t seek re-election next year after serving four decades in Congress.

The Menomonee Falls Republican’s decision comes soon after another GOP House member from Wisconsin, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, announced he is stepping down later this month.

Sensenbrenner’s decision will open the door for a crowded primary race in the solidly Republican Milwaukee-area 5th Congressional District.

The dean of the Wisconsin congressional delegation, Sensenbrenner, 76, previously served in the state Legislature before first getting elected to Congress in 1978.

I’ll have more thoughts later, but this will create a frenzy in Republican circles. But before we get to that, we thank Jim Sensenbrenner for 40 years of faithful service. I’ve always been impressed that despite being in office for so long, he always stayed very close to his constituents. He’s been accessible, helpful, informative, a master of the detail, and a conservative lion of the House. His successor has big shoes to fill.