Jim Jordan Congressman Ohio District 4
Biography of Jim Jordan
Jim Jordan was raised in Champaign County, Ohio, graduating from Graham High School in 1982, where he was a four-time state champion in wrestling with a career record of 150-1. He went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a two-time NCAA wrestling champion. He later earned a Master’s degree in Education from the Ohio State University and a Law Degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Jordan is a fiscal conservative who believes that families and taxpayers, rather than government, know best how to make decisions with their money. Throughout his career, Jim Jordan has led the fight against tax hikes, including those proposed by his own political party. Jim Jordan believes that cutting taxes and letting families keep more of what they earn helps build strong communities and a vibrant economy.
Jim Jordan was named Pro-Life legislator of the Year from United Conservatives of Ohio and won the Defender of Life award from Ohio Right to Life for his unwavering commitment to protecting the sanctity of human life. In Congress, Jordan has championed legislation in defense of the unborn and has led the fight on pro-family issues like defending traditional marriage and giving parents the tools they need to help build a brighter future for their children.
Congressman Jordan has long been a vocal supporter of securing our borders and enforcing our nation’s laws to deal with the problems stemming from illegal immigration. He is active in supporting the rule of law and fixing the system so that families who long to come to America can do so the right way by learning English, gaining legal citizenship and becoming taxpaying Americans.
In Congress, Jordan has also emerged as a prominent defender of the taxpayer’s pocketbook through his work on spending issues. As Chairman of the Republican Study Committee’s Budget & Spending Task Force, he introduced the only balanced budget alternative to President Obama’s budget in 2009.
He continues to support making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent and has offered a series of budget and appropriations amendments aimed at stemming the excessive growth of government spending. In his work on the House Oversight Committee, he has been an advocate of the taxpayer, looking for waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government. For the 112th Congress, he serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending.
As one of the most conservative members of Congress, his efforts have earned him recognition from Citizens against Government Waste, Family Research Council, Americans for Tax Reform’s Friend of the Taxpayer Award and praise from the American Conservative Union as one of the “Best and Brightest.”
For the 112th Congress, Jordan was elected Chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the caucus of House conservatives that was founded in 1973 for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives.
Jim and his wife Polly are the parents of four children. The Jordan family lives near Urbana and attends Grace Bible Church.