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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)
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)