Meet the Chairman
Meet the Chairman
First elected in 2018, Congressman Bryan Steil represents Wisconsin's First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Bryan has earned a reputation for working hard for Wisconsin during his first two terms in Congress. Being available and accessible to residents and listening to their concerns has been a top priority. To hear directly from residents, Bryan regularly holds in-person town halls across the First District as well as numerous telephone town halls. He utilizes his office to help local families. In 2021 alone, he helped more than 2,400 constituents receive assistance with federal agencies such as the Social Security Administration, VA, and Medicare. In addition, Bryan has held numerous public forums for our community regarding children's mental health, robocalls and scams prevention, and the impact of trade deals on Wisconsin dairy and agriculture.
In 2021, Bryan was appointed as the Ranking Member of the new Select Committee on the Economy. This committee considers the root causes of economic hardship in our country, and Bryan strives to address these issues and create opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. His experience on the House Financial Services Committee, along with his background in manufacturing and ties to Southeast Wisconsin, offers a unique perspective on the Select Committee in addressing our most important issues.
Bryan is a problem solver with extensive private sector experience who puts politics aside and focuses on issues impacting Wisconsin. As the co-chair of the Middle Class Jobs Caucus, Bryan works to fill the skills gap, improve access to education, and ensure families have the opportunity to succeed. Bryan is also the co-chair of the Future of Work Caucus to ensure workers have the skills and education to fill tomorrow's jobs. In this role, Bryan brings together industry leaders from our community to meet with caucus members in Washington, D.C. and work on real world solutions to the problems facing America.
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Bryan is focused on making the American dream achievable for everyone. He is working to bring family sustaining jobs to our communities by increasing investments in Southeast Wisconsin. For example, he authored the Expanding Investment in Small Businesses Act of 2019, which passed the House in July of 2019 by a vote of 417-2. This bill helps entrepreneurs obtain capital, hire workers, and create jobs right here in Wisconsin. Steil also founded the Investing in Innovation Initiative, a caucus to promote opportunities that support investment in small businesses and opportunities for wealth creation. Additionally, he is a member of the Committee on House Administration and is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Elections
Bryan is focused on keeping our communities safe. He has built a coalition of 50 Members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, and local law enforcement in Southeast Wisconsin to shine a light on the problem of human trafficking. Bryan's bill, the Exposing the Financing of Human Trafficking Act, holds countries accountable and gets them to investigate, prevent, and prosecute financial criminal acts associated with human trafficking. In addition, Bryan is leading an effort to ensure Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon and enforce U.S. sanctions on European countries that trade with Iran.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Bryan spent a decade working in Wisconsin's manufacturing industry - first with an industrial motion control manufacturer in Beloit, WI and later at a local plastics manufacturer in Milton, WI. In the private sector, he saw firsthand how burdensome federal regulations and red tape can hinder economic growth and job creation in Wisconsin. He also learned the importance of fighting for common sense solutions.
In 2016, Bryan was appointed by the Governor of Wisconsin and unanimously confirmed in the Wisconsin Senate to serve on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. As a Regent, he helped oversee the 26 UW system campuses, their 170,000 students, and a six billion dollar budget. He was known as a fiscal hawk dedicated to working for students and families. For example, Bryan supported initiatives that froze tuition to ensure all students had the opportunity to obtain an affordable high quality education.
Born and raised in Janesville, Bryan graduated from Janesville Craig High School, Georgetown University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School. He is a member of St. John Vianney Parish in Janesville.
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