Last updated on: 2/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

James Sensenbrenner, Esq., JD Biography

Title:
U.S. House Representative (R - WI)
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“I do not believe that illegal aliens should receive legal government documents, such as driver’s licenses… illegal aliens should not be granted amnesty and a path to citizenship. This would be a slap in the face to all those who have followed the law and have come to America legally.”

“James Sensenbrenner Not Deterred by Immigration Protests,” Bristol Herald Courier, Mar. 27, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • U.S. House Representative (R – WI); Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, 1979-present
  • Defender of the Constitution Award, Conservative Political Action Conference, 2004
  • NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence,National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), 2003-2004
  • Friend of the Shareholder Award, American Shareholders Association, 2001-2004
  • Americans for Tax Reform: Friend of the Taxpayer Award, 1997-1998, Hero of the Taxpayer Award, 1999-2004
  • Assistant Minority Leader, 1976-1979
  • Wisconsin State Senator, 1975-1979
  • Wisconsin State Representative, 1969-1975
  • Former practicing attorney
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Waukesha County Republican Party
  • Riveredge Nature Center
  • American Philatelic Society
  • Friends of the Museum
  • Episcopal Church
Education:
  • JD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968
  • BA, Political Science, Stanford University, 1965
Other:
  • Married, two children
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?
  2. Should Overstaying a Visa Be Considered a Federal Crime instead of a Civil Offense?