Read our 2016 Report Card for Sensenbrenner.
Our unique analysis of the bills Sensenbrenner has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the House of Representatives.
Each dot in the chart below is a member of the House of Representatives. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Sensenbrenner is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)
James Sensenbrenner Jr. sits on the following committees:
House Committee on the Judiciary
- Chairman, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations
- Member, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
- House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Sensenbrenner was the primary sponsor of 38 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 5046: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016
- H.R. 1428: Judicial Redress Act of 2015
- H.R. 2048: USA FREEDOM Act of 2015
- H.R. 4223 (112th): SAFE DOSES Act
- H.R. 1963 (112th): To temporarily extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and for ...
- H.R. 1962 (112th): PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011
- H.R. 1800 (112th): FISA Sunsets Reauthorization Act of 2011
We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.
Sensenbrenner sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Sensenbrenner’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 510: To establish a system for integration of Rapid DNA instruments for use by ...
- H.R. 509: To abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, transfer its functions ...
- H.R. 386: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the amount excludable ...
- H.R. 6133: Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016
- H.R. 6042: To nullify certain proposed regulations relating to restrictions on liquidation of an interest ...
- H.R. 5971: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the amount excludable ...
- H.R. 5893: No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2016
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|Sensenbrenner’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
H.J.Res. 35: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2015, and for other purposes.
Feb 27, 2015. Failed 203/224.
H.R. 83 (113th): Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015
Dec 11, 2014. Passed 219/206.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December 11, 2014 and by the Senate on December 13, 2014. The bill was originally introduced on January 3, 2013 by ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 6233 (112th): Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012
Aug 2, 2012. Passed 223/197.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
S. 3729 (111th): National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
Sep 29, 2010. Passed 304/118.
From Jan 1979 to Jan 2017, Sensenbrenner missed 340 of 22,678 roll call votes, which is 1.5%. This is on par with the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 8 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills