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Looking back on our U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner fact-checks
U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis, of greets Jodie Mueller of Waukesha at picnic for Republican lawmakers and candidates called the "Chicken Burn" at the home of Bob and Jean Dohnal Aug. 27, 2017. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis, of greets Jodie Mueller of Waukesha at picnic for Republican lawmakers and candidates called the "Chicken Burn" at the home of Bob and Jean Dohnal Aug. 27, 2017. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis, of greets Jodie Mueller of Waukesha at picnic for Republican lawmakers and candidates called the "Chicken Burn" at the home of Bob and Jean Dohnal Aug. 27, 2017. (Michael Sears/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

Mica Soellner
By Mica Soellner September 4, 2019

With U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner announcing his retirement on Wednesday, we decided to look back on how the Wisconsin Republican fared on the PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter over the years. 

Sensenbrenner was the second-longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the heavily Republican 5th District of Wisconsin since 1978.

Since the birth of PolitiFact in 2007, we’ve fact-checked Sensenbrenner five times. Those fact-checks yielded one rating of True, one Half True, one Mostly False and two False. Here’s a sampling:

March 4, 2014 - Jim Sensenbrenner says under proposed Obama budget, Army would be smaller than before Pearl Harbor .(False)

July 7, 2013 - Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner says it takes 25 years to obtain citizenship legally and just 13 years for illegal immigrants under Senate bill. (Half True)

May 28, 2013 - Girl had to pay $500 federal criminal fine for rescuing woodpecker, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner says. (Mostly False)

April 3, 2013 - Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner says 75 percent of closed air traffic towers are in Republican districts. (False)

Dec. 19, 2011 - GOP Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner says he's done most impeachments in U.S. history. (True)

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