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.

15 Responses to Sensenbrenner Won’t Seek Reelection

  1. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    I have had to call his office a few times to pierce the insane federal bureaucracy.

    All positive results…thanks to his office.

    The last time I needed help from his,office, I even received the mythical unicorn…an apology letter from a federal agency for being wrong!

    You would never get that kind of passion for fairness, goodness, and proper good and right values from a liberal. Liberals barely ever think big government is a problem! That awful liberal ideology makes fixing government problems impossible!

    Thanks Jim!

  2. Le Roi du Nord says:

    He is a great poster child for term limits.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann says:


    Jim is an argument against term limits.

    Pelosi, Reid, auntie Maxine, Omar, Talib, and rest of the squad, are all arguments for a basic morality in intelligence test for Congress.

  4. Le Roi du Nord says:

    And again we disagree.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann says:


    And again, I present a good argument, while you present vague random mouse droppings.

  6. Le Roi du Nord says:

    This is a good argument?  “Pelosi, Reid, auntie Maxine, Omar, Talib, and rest of the squad, are all arguments for a basic morality in intelligence test for Congress”.  Nope, that is your opinion.

  7. Mar says:

    I think Sensenbrenner was a good Congressman but he overstayed being in Congress.
    The House of Representatives was meant to be a part time job, serve a term or two and get out. It never was meant to be a career.
    You always need fresh blood in the House. I think AOC is a complete uneducated idiot but I’m glad she is in the House as she shows different, while mostly stupid, ideas.
    There should be term limits for House members.

  8. Kevin Scheunemann says:


    Generally, I am a supporter of term limits. Liberals are very corrupt in longtime Democrat districts. Something needs to be done to curb liberal corruption.

    Jim, however, had the experience to pierce bureaucracy for even the most complicated issues. I don’t see that from a newbie Congressman in this district. As long as politician has limited government, Christian values in action….tough to make a term limit argument there.

    We want to limit evil, not good.

    I use to be absolute on term limits, but am sorry to see Jim go. There is little to regret in his 4 decades.

    If we good construct term limits to retain good guys like Jim, that would be perfect.

  9. Kevin Scheunemann says:


    So you think “the squad” are good people with the interests of USA in mind?

  10. steveegg says:

    Do I see a run in a certain blogger’s future?

  11. Owen Owen says:

    Wiggy already bowed out. Maybe Sean?

  12. jjf says:

    Mar, thank you for the affirmation of the benefits of diversity.

  13. jsr says:


    “There is little to regret in his 4 decades.”

    How about “I was an original cosponsor of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993, and worked diligently for its passage.”

  14. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    Didn’t indicate perfect.

    That would be one of the few “regrets” I would consider on his long distinguished record.

  15. dad29 says:

    Sensenbrenner also has problems understanding the limits of Federal surveillance of citizens.  His pride-and-joy “USA Freedom Act” was designed to allow NSA to do exactly what it then did:  bulk collection of data on citizens–IOW, not a specific citizen (or resident alien) based on cause.

    Prototypical Big Brother/Ruling Class move.

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