Read my letter concerning the City of Wauwatosa

Dear Fellow Citizen,

While I am not asking for your vote, I am asking for your help.

After I announced last fall my decision not to seek reelection to Congress, I envisioned the end of my five decades of public service as a slow walk off into the sunset. However, things are often not as we plan.

Instead, as I approach my final months in Congress, I must speak up about matters of grave concern involving Wauwatosa, Wisconsin - a community I have represented for almost 20 years, where I have worked hard to preserve and improve the quality of life for my constituents. A place where families once flocked in search of quality schools and neighborhoods, there is now unchecked lawlessness. Bullies have infiltrated - calling to defund the police - and have turned safe streets into mobs of intimidation carrying agendas with demands that can never be met. And perhaps most troubling, there is violence against officers, and good cops can’t effectively do their jobs.

My years of work on the House Judiciary Committee have given me insight about issues of security. I have seen firsthand what works and doesn’t work, and I’ve always told it like it is. I believe the time is now for leaders in Wauwatosa to show strength and resolve - to stand up to the bullies and to protect the families and businesses that once thrived. The liberals in this unsettled community try to appease andcplay nice and sing kumbaya. It isn’t working. I have heard from many of Tosa’s citizens who are frightened to go shopping, afraid to go to restaurants, and afraid to be Wauwatosans. Whether it’s Kenosha, Milwaukee, Madison, or now Wauwatosa, it’s sure to be other communities soon, and it must stop.

As voters, we must reward leadership. We must demand Tosa and other elected officials take a stand and step up to make the hard decisions to keep us safe. And we must vote out those who are not up to the job. I could sit back and count the days until January 3, 2021, when I will be out of Congress, but this is just too important. I hope you will join me in this crusade in supporting candidates in Wauwatosa who will not shy away from the bullies, who will put the needs of our families and businesses first, will support law enforcement, and will restore the quality of life we have worked so hard to build.


Sensenbrenner Will Retire at the End of the 116th Congress

September 4, 2019

Sensenbrenner Will Retire at the End of the 116th Congress

Brookfield, WI - Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (WI-05) announced today that he will retire from Congress in January, 2021, at the end of his current term.

Sensenbrenner, 76, has served in the House of Representatives for 40 years and prior to his election to Congress, served 10 years in the Wisconsin State Legislature. His district covers portions of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Dodge, and Walworth counties, and all of Jefferson and Washington counties. “When I began my public service in 1968, I said I would know when it was time to step back. After careful consideration, I have determined at the completion of this term, my 21st term in Congress, it will be that time. “For 40 years I have held over 100 town hall meetings each year; I have helped countless individuals when they have encountered difficulties with the federal government; I've taken 23,882 votes on the House Floor; been the lead sponsor or co-sponsor of 4299 pieces of legislation; ushered 768 of them through the House for passage, and watched as 217 of them have been signed into law by six different presidents. "I think I am leaving this district, our Republican Party, and most important, our country, in a better place than when I began my service. “It has been my privilege to serve the people of Southeast Wisconsin and I have found true fulfillment in all the challenges and many accomplishments that have peppered my long career. It is rare when life presents the perfect opportunity to make an impact in a way that has been so meaningful. I am forever grateful. “I will have many more things to say as I serve out my final term, but I will start here by sincerely thanking, first, my family, along with my supporters, my colleagues, and my staff. The many people who have supported my career have mostly gone uncelebrated, but I will purposefully set out in the next year to say my thanks and let them know I could not have done it alone. I look forward to finishing strong and beginning my next chapter.” Sensenbrenner has had many named accomplishments in his tenure. Most notably, he led the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act, enacted shortly after 9/11. He subsequently modernized that law with the USA FREEDOM Act in 2015. He has also worked tirelessly in his support of the Voting Rights Act; his work to reform immigration policy; protection of the rights of people with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act; and his unwavering commitment to protecting the unborn. He is former Chair of both the House Committee on the Judiciary, and the House Committee on Science; he is the second most senior member of the House of Representatives; and the Dean of the Wisconsin Delegation. At the end of the present term, he will have served in Congress longer than anyone in Wisconsin’s history. He has been married to Cheryl Warren Sensenbrenner for 42 years and they have two adult sons, Frank (Margaret), and Bob (Diana), and a two- year old grandson, Kevin.


National Right to Life endorses Jim Sensenbrenner

For his 100 percent pro-life voting record in the 115th Congress, National Right to Life announced its endorsement of Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018.   Click here to read the full endorsement letter.  



Sensenbrenner Endorses Leah Vukmir for US Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 25, 2018 Contact:  Brit Schiel

Sensenbrenner Endorses Leah Vukmir for US Senate Announcement was made in a joint op-ed with House Speaker Paul Ryan
Menomonee Falls, WI – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05), Dean of Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation, announced his endorsement of US Senate Candidate Leah Vukmir in a joint op-ed with Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) published today in Right Wisconsin. Congressman Sensenbrenner:  “The outcome of the US Senate race in Wisconsin will have a nationwide impact.  Leah Vukmir is the candidate best suited to bring our conservative Wisconsin values to Washington.  Her record, courage, and vision are second to none, and I am proud to stand with Speaker Ryan today in support of Leah.” The full op-ed follows below.  It can also be accessed by clicking here. Right Wisconsin:  TITLE TBD By House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05) June 25, 2018 Over the last 18 months, we have passed more than 700 bills in the House of Representatives aimed at growing this economy, expanding opportunity, and putting in place conservative policies that empower individuals and families. Our efforts have led to tangible victories on behalf of Wisconsinites and the American people. Consumer confidence is nearing a two-decade high. Unemployment continues to drop to levels we haven’t seen in almost 50 years. Individuals and families can reach their full potential because they’re feeling more optimistic and more confident about the state of our economy. And while we’ve had some real successes in moving legislation to President Trump’s desk, namely on tax reform, it is clear that we need more allies in the United States Senate to fully implement our agenda, as over 500 bills are still awaiting action in that chamber because of Democrat filibusters. Imagine how much more we could get done if we had another pro-growth conservative in the Senate who was willing to work with us, work with Ron Johnson, and work with the President to build on the success that we’re having. That’s why we’re both proud to endorse Leah Vukmir to represent Wisconsin in the United States Senate. Leah is a longtime friend of ours and she has been a conservative partner among grassroots Republicans for years. She has proven that in the face of opposition, she will never waver and will work relentlessly for the causes that she believes in. Leah got her start in this movement as an activist, working to improve the education offered at her daughter’s school. She took those convictions to Madison, first in the State Assembly and then to the Senate, to fix government and make it more accountable to taxpayers. In the State Senate, she stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Governor Walker to advance critical reforms that would create jobs and improve our overall economy. The results speak for themselves: Wisconsin’s unemployment rate today is 2.8%. Families are saving more and we are doing markedly better than surrounding states. Now, Leah is ready to take that fight to the U.S. Senate. And we need her there…badly. On issue after issue – whether it’s putting patients back in control of health care, cutting taxes for hard-working families, rolling back regulations stifling small businesses and job creators, or standing up for America’s interests abroad – Tammy Baldwin has toed the party line instead of looking out for Wisconsin. Those votes hold us back as a country. They prevent us from taking steps forward so Wisconsinites can thrive and pass on a better state to the next generation. That is what’s at stake in this election and it’s why we need to win this Senate seat. And Leah is the best candidate to do that. She has experience fighting for the conservative policies that we know will improve people’s lives, and she’s well-versed in both challenging the status quo and disrupting business as usual. That’s exactly the kind of voice we need in the U.S. Senate. As we close in on this important election, we have to think about how far we’ve come in such a short time. Remember, we used to be a pretty blue state. But conservative activists from all corners of Wisconsin recognized that we were going in the wrong direction, and we did something about that. We elected Scott Walker, prevented his recall, and then re-elected him. We sent Ron Johnson to the Senate, and then we re-elected him. We turned the Badger State red in a presidential election for the first time since 1984, supporting President Trump and Vice President Pence. We’ve picked up seats in Congress, expanded our majorities in the both the State Assembly and State Senate, and now we have one more hill to climb. Leah has stood with us every step of the way on this journey. Now, it’s time for us to stand with her so she can go to Washington and continue this fight. We’re proud to be supporting her in this Senate race and hope you’ll join us in voting for her to be our nominee on August 14th.

Sensenbrenner Announces Endorsement of Bryan Steil in Wisconsin's First Congressional District


Sensenbrenner Announces Endorsement of Bryan Steil in Wisconsin's First Congressional District

Menomonee Falls, WI - Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05), Dean of Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation, announced today his endorsement of Bryan Steil, candidate for Congress to represent Wisconsin’s First Congressional District.

He made the following statement in support of Steil:

"Bryan Steil has the intellect, vision, community involvement, and grassroots credentials to be an independent and effective leader in Congress. That is why I endorse his candidacy in the Republican primary for Wisconsin's First Congressional District."


2018 Nomination Papers Now Available for Circulation

April 15, 2018

Congressman Sensenbrenner's 2018 nomination papers are now available!  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD.

Please read Jim’s letter on how you can circulate nomination papers.  Should you have any questions about the process, please contact the campaign at (414) 967-9292 or

Your help is crucial to ensuring his name is placed on the ballot.  Thank you!


March 13, 2018

Menomonee Falls, WI – Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05), announced today that he is a candidate for re-election to represent Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“In 2018, there is much at stake for residents of southeastern Wisconsin. I am proud of my record, and plan to be on the ballot as a candidate in Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District,” said Sensenbrenner.

“I remain committed to the principles of lower taxes, limited government, and self-reliance, which I have embraced throughout my career. More than ever the climate in Washington is volatile and I am energized to stay in the fight, to push for commonsense ideals, and to preserve our conservative values the citizens of the 5th District hold dear.

“I look forward to the hard work ahead, and working with the people of the 5th Congressional District as we attain our goals,” Sensenbrenner concluded.

Sensenbrenner lives in Menomonee Falls and has been married to Cheryl Warren Sensenbrenner since 1977. Together they have 2 adult sons, Frank (Margaret) and Bob (Diana), and a one year old grandson, Kevin. Jim and Cheryl are the owners of three rescue dogs.

Statement From Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner Regarding Comments Made By US Senate Candidate Kevin Nicholson

November 7, 2017

In response to the story published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concerning comments made by US Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson regarding House Speaker Paul Ryan, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner made the following statement:

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner: “Speaker Paul Ryan has been a steadfast leader in Wisconsin and Washington in support of conservative ideals. Contrary to recent comments made by U.S. Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson, Paul’s prominent footprint in Wisconsin is visible every day through the continued achievements of the many conservative leaders that he has helped elect, guide, and inspire. The victories of 2016 would not have been possible without Paul’s tireless efforts, and he will continue his work on behalf of all Wisconsinites in 2018 to ensure we elect another sound conservative Senator. Any candidate seeking that office would benefit greatly from Paul’s experience and leadership.”