Jim Jordan (American politician)

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Jim Jordan
Jim Jordan official photo, 114th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Preceded by Mike Oxley
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 12th district
In office
January 3, 2001 – December 31, 2006
Preceded by Robert R. Cupp
Succeeded by Keith Faber
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 85th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – December 31, 2000
Preceded by Jim Davis
Succeeded by Derrick Seaver
Personal details
Born James Daniel Jordan
(1964-02-17) February 17, 1964 (age 54)
Urbana, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Polly Jordan
Education University of Wisconsin, Madison (BS)
Ohio State University (MA)
Capital University (JD)

James Daniel Jordan (born February 17, 1964) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 4th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is located in the north-central portion of the state and includes Lima, Tiffin, and Elyria.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Jordan was born and raised in Champaign County, Ohio, and attended Graham High School, graduating in 1982. While at Graham, he was a four-time state wrestling champion with a career record of 150–1. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1986, obtaining his bachelor's degree in economics. Jordan was a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion. In the 1985 NCAA championship match, Jordan defeated future two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion John Smith.[1] He later earned a master's degree in education from the Ohio State University in Columbus, and in 2001 obtained his J.D. degree from Capital University, also in Columbus. Before entering politics, he was an assistant wrestling coach with the Ohio State University wrestling program.

Ohio General Assembly[edit]

Jordan was first elected to the Ohio General Assembly in November 1994 and went on to serve three terms as State Representative of the 85th Ohio House District. In 1996, he offered an amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill that limited the amount of time that an able-bodied individual could remain on welfare. He also created the Income Tax Reduction Fund, which required that any state revenue surpluses be used to lower the income tax burden on Ohioans rather than be used for further government spending.[citation needed]

In 2000, he won a seat in the Ohio Senate by defeating independent candidate Jack Kaffenberger by a margin of 88 percent to 12 percent. In 2004, Jordan defeated Kaffenberger again, this time by a smaller margin of 79 percent to 21 percent. In May 2006, Jordan won the Republican primary race for the 4th Congressional district of Ohio. He also won a 100% lifetime rating from the Ohio Taxpayers Association, which endorsed Jordan in his bid for Congress.[2]

Jordan was named Watchdog of the Treasury (1996, 2000, 2004), Outstanding Legislator (2004), Outstanding Freshman Legislator (1996), Friend of the Taxpayer (1997), and Pro-Life Legislator of the Year (1998) by the United Conservatives of Ohio, the Defender of Life award from the Ohio Right to Life Society, and the 2001 Leadership in Government Award from the Ohio Roundtable and Freedom Forum.[citation needed] Additionally, Senate President Bill Harris appointed Jordan to be the chairman of the Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Jordan won the Republican primary for the 4th District in 2006 after 26-year incumbent Mike Oxley announced his retirement. Despite the strong anti-Republican mood in Ohio that year, Jordan won the general election, defeating Democrat Rick Siferd, 60% to 40%. The 4th has long been considered one of the most (if not the most) Republican districts in Ohio and the nation; the district and its predecessors have been in Republican hands for all but 16 years since the Civil War.

He was reelected in 2008, defeating Democrat Mike Carroll 65% to 35%.[3]

Jordan chaired the Republican Study Committee[4] during the 112th Congress. He was elected over Representative Louie Gohmert.[5] Jordan reportedly turned down a position on the Appropriations Committee.[6]

During the 114th Congress, Jordan helped found the House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservatives working to "support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans."[7] He serves as the group's first chairman.[8]

Jordan received a vote for Speaker on the first day of the 113th Congress from fellow conservative Tim Huelskamp of Kansas. Jordan received two votes for Speaker during the 114th Congress.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

Jordan serves as chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules.[10]


On May 2, 2014, Jordan introduced the simple resolution Calling on Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., to appoint a special counsel to investigate the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups by the Internal Revenue Service (H.Res. 565; 113th Congress) into the House, where it passed on May 7, 2014.[11] The resolution asks Holder to appoint a special counsel to investigate the 2013 IRS scandal. Jordan said that "we need this special counsel to help us get to the truth because the so-called investigation by the Justice Department has been a joke. The current investigation has no credibility because it is being headed by a maxed-out donor who is financially invested in the president's success."[12]

In March 2017, Jordan criticized the newly-introduced American Health Care Act, the Republican replacement bill for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as an unacceptable form of "Obamacare Lite."[13] He later reversed his position, voting on May 4, 2017 to pass a revised version of the American Health Care Act.[14][15]

In a Vanity Fair article, published October 30, 2017, John Boehner, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives said of Jim Jordan's legislative background: "Jordan was a terrorist as a legislator going back to his days in the Ohio House and Senate … A terrorist. A legislative terrorist."[16]

Political positions[edit]

While serving in the Ohio Senate, he supported the Tax and Expenditure Limitation Amendment, a state constitutional amendment that would require a vote of the people in order to raise taxes or increase spending over certain limits.[17]

In Congress, Jordan is among the most conservative Republicans, earning a perfect score from the American Conservative Union.[18] He has voted consistently for anti-abortion legislation and was endorsed by Ohio Right to Life in 2012.[19] During the 112th Congress, he was one of 40 "staunch" members of the Republican Study Committee who frequently voted against Republican party leadership and vocally expressed displeasure with House bills.[20]

In July 2008, Jordan was the first member of Congress to sign the "No Climate Tax" pledge, drafted by the conservative political advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, founded and funded by the Koch brothers, which read "I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue."[21] He followed this with votes to open Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling, prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, and bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules. He voted against enforcing limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) global warming pollution, tax credits for renewable electricity, tax incentives for renewable energy and energy conservation and on curtailing subsidies for oil & gas company exploration,[22] earning him a 4% lifetime score on the National Environmental Scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters.[23]

Jordan has been a leading critic of President Barack Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) program, advocating for its shutdown.[24] Jordan has supported the continued production and upgrades of M1 Abrams tanks in his district. The Pentagon opposed the bipartisan action to maintain funding.[25] The Pentagon wants to put a hold on tank upgrades at a Lima plant until a new version is ready, possibly in 2017, in order to save $3 billion. The plant supports approximately 800 jobs in the district.[26][27]

On September 29, 2015, Jordan questioned Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.[28] In the fiercest confrontation of the hearing, Jordan sparred with Richards over her apology over a "staff member’s tone and statements" on a video recording when discussing fetal tissue donation she issued after the first video was made public.[29] Jordan is against Planned Parenthood and actively supports defunding the organization.[30]

In December 2017, Jordan sought to discredit the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.[31] Jordan questioned the impartiality of Mueller, and called on Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to disband the Mueller investigation or create a second special counsel to investigate Mueller.[31] Rosenstein rejected the request, saying that he could not appoint another special counsel as there was not any credible allegation of any potential crime.[31] The New York Times noted that Mueller, "a registered Republican appointed by President George W. Bush to direct the F.B.I.", had come under growing criticism after Mueller's investigation "delivered a series of indictments to high-profile associates of the president and evidence that at least two of them are cooperating with the inquiry".[31]

2013 U.S. government shutdown[edit]

Jordan was a critic of Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling. In 2010, he was chair of the Republican Study Committee, and during the U.S. government shutdown of 2013, he was still considered its most powerful member.[32] That group was the primary proponent and executor of the Republican Congressional strategy to force a government shutdown, in order to force changes in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.[32]

Political campaigns[edit]


Jordan won against Democratic nominee Mike Carroll.


Jordan defeated Democrat Doug Litt and Libertarian Donald Kissick in the general election.


Jordan defeated Democrat Jim Slone and Libertarian Chris Kalla in the general election.


Jordan defeated Democrat Janet Garrett in the general election.

Personal life[edit]

Jordan and his wife Polly live near Urbana in central Champaign County. They have four children.

Electoral history[edit]

Election results[33]
Year Office Election Subject Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes % Opponent Party Votes %
1998 Ohio House of Representatives General Jim Jordan Republican 23,763 68.36% Robert Burns Democratic 10,999 31.64%
2000 Ohio Senate General Jim Jordan Republican 99,803 76.94% Jack Kaffenberger Sr. Democratic 15,545 11.98% Debra Mitchell Natural Law 14,373 11.08%
2004 Ohio Senate General Jim Jordan Republican 118,193 79.27% Jack Kaffenberger Sr. Independent 30,902 20.73%
2006 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Jordan Republican 129,958 59.99% Richard E. Siferd Democratic 86,678 40.01%
2008 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Jordan Republican 186,154 65.17% Mike Carroll Democratic 99,499 34.83%
2010 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Jordan Republican 146,029 71.49% Doug Litt Democratic 50,533 24.74% Donald Kissick Libertarian 7,708 3.77%
2012 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Jordan Republican 182,643 58.35% Jim Slone Democratic 114,214 36.49% Chris Kalla Libertarian 16,141 5.16%
2014 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Jordan Republican 125,907 67.67% Janet Garrett Democratic 60,165 32.33%
2016 U.S. House of Representatives General Jim Jordan Republican 210,227 67.99% Janet Garrett Democratic 98,981 32.01%


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  2. ^ "ohiotaxpayers.com". ohiotaxpayers.com. Archived from the original on October 20, 2006. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Congress: November 4, 2008". Sos.state.oh.us. November 4, 2008. Archived from the original on August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  5. ^ Sabrina Eaton/The Plain Dealer (December 8, 2010). "Rep. Jim Jordan selected to chair Republican Study Committee". cleveland.com. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Appropriations panel loses its luster – Simmi Aujla and Richard E. Cohen". Politico.Com. Retrieved July 17, 2011. 
  7. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (January 26, 2015). "Rep. Jim Jordan to co-found new GOP "House Freedom Caucus"". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 
  8. ^ Eaton, Sabrina (February 11, 2015). "It's official: Rep. Jim Jordan now chairs the House Freedom Caucus". Cleveland Plain Dealer. 
  9. ^ Davis, Susan (January 6, 2015). "Boehner re-elected as speaker despite GOP dissenters". USA Today. 
  10. ^ http://oversight.house.gov/subcommittee/subcommittee-health-care-benefits-administrative-rules/
  11. ^ "H.Res. 565 – All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  12. ^ Bedard, Paul (May 2, 2014). "Next: Demand for special counsel to probe IRS scandal, Lois Lerner". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ Press, By HOPE YEN, Associated (2017-03-13). "Republicans brace for downbeat CBO analysis of health bill". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  14. ^ "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  15. ^ "Health care vote puts pressure on dozens of vulnerable GOP reps". USA Today. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  16. ^ Nguyen, Tina (2017-10-30). ""Idiots," "Anarchists," and "Assholes": Boehner Unloads on Republicans". The Hive. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  17. ^ Drewblade, James. "The Blade ~ Toledo Ohio". toledoblade.com. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
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  20. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (March 16, 2012). "G.O.P. Freshmen Not as Defiant as Reputation Suggests". New York Times. 
  21. ^ Davenport, Coral and Lipton, Eric "How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science", New York Times, June 3, 2017, Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  22. ^ On the Issues: Jim Jordan on Energy and Oil Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  23. ^ "National Environmental Scorecard: Jim Jordan", Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "Cleaning Up the Mortgage Mess". The Wall Street Journal. August 10, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  25. ^ Lardner, Richard (April 28, 2013). "Army says no to more tanks, but Congress insists". Yahoo! News. Associated Press. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  26. ^ Sweigart, Josh (August 18, 2012). "Congress pushes for weapons Pentagon didn't want". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Downsizing the military". The Week. September 30, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Planned Parenthood defunding". c-span.org. 
  29. ^ Ferris, Sarah (2015-09-29). "Republican gets into shouting match with Planned Parenthood executive". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  30. ^ "A Quick and Easy Guide to the Planned Parenthood Videos". The Federalist. September 29, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  31. ^ a b c d Fandos, Nicholas; Savage, Charlie (2017-12-13). "Justice Dept. Official Defends Mueller as Republicans Try to Discredit Him". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-14. 
  32. ^ a b "Tea Party Politics: A Look Inside the Republican Suicide Machine". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Election Results". Ohio Secretary of State. Archived from the original on August 15, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 

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Ohio House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jim Davis
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 85th district

Succeeded by
Derrick Seaver
Ohio Senate
Preceded by
Robert R. Cupp
Member of the Ohio Senate
from the 12th district

Succeeded by
Keith Faber
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mike Oxley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 4th congressional district

Party political offices
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Tom Price
Chair of the Republican Study Committee
Succeeded by
Steve Scalise
New office Chair of the Freedom Caucus
Succeeded by
Mark Meadows
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
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Hank Johnson
United States Representatives by seniority
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Doug Lamborn