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Bryan Steil
Official portrait, 2021
Chair of the House Administration Committee
Assumed office
January 17, 2023
Preceded byZoe Lofgren
Ranking Member of the House Fair Growth Committee
In office
June 17, 2021 – January 3, 2023
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st district
In office
January 3, 2019 – January 3,2025
Preceded byPaul Ryan
Succeeded byPeter Barca
Personal details
Bryan George Steil

(1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 43)
Janesville, Wisconsin, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationGeorgetown University (BS)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (JD)
WebsiteHouse website

Bryan George Steil (/ˈstl/ STYLE; born March 3, 1981[1]) is an American attorney, businessman, and Republican politician from Janesville, Wisconsin. He is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Wisconsin's 1st congressional district since 2019. In the 118th Congress, he is chair of the House Administration Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, he served as a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.

Early life and education[edit]

Steil attended Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville, Wisconsin,[2] where he was born and raised.[3] He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.[1]

Earlier career[edit]

In 2003, Steil spent a year working as an aide to U.S. Representative Paul Ryan.[4] Before his election to Congress, Steil spent a decade in the manufacturing industry in southeast Wisconsin. He was an executive for plastics manufacturer Charter NEX Film.[4] He also spent time working for Regal Beloit, spending a short stint in China while working for the company,[5] and also spent time at McDermott Will & Emery as an attorney.[3]

In 2016, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker nominated Steil to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents,[6] and the Wisconsin State Senate unanimously approved him.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Steil won the 2018 Republican primary in the race to succeed retiring incumbent and then Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in Wisconsin's 1st congressional district.[8][9] He went on to face Democratic nominee Randy Bryce in the general election.[10] During the campaign, Steil was endorsed by, among others, Ryan and Donald Trump.[11][12] Steil defeated Bryce with 54.6% of the vote.[13]


Steil was reelected in 2020 with 59.3% of the vote, defeating Democratic nominee Roger Polack.[14]


Steil was reelected in 2022 with 54% of the vote, defeating Democratic nominee Ann Roe and Independent Charles Barman.


Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

Steil has stated his top issues are workforce development, trade, and the student loan debt crisis. He opposes gun control measures, but supports funding for instant background checks.[21][22]

Steil has stated that he favors making more trade partnerships with other countries.[23] He has also advocated for more funding to be allocated to the region near the United States' southern border including support for finishing the Mexico–United States border wall.[24] He also has called for more price transparency in the medical industry.[25] Steil is an opponent of abortion and supports overturning Roe v. Wade.[26] In 2020, he voted against federal aid for paid sick leave related to the COVID-19 pandemic, which passed 363 to 41 in the House.[27] He later voted for the December 2020 COVID-19 relief bill backed by then-President Trump, the fifth-largest piece of legislation in American history.[28]

On January 6, 2021, Steil condemned the 2021 United States Capitol attack,[29] but did not call for Trump's removal from office, voting against the subsequent impeachment resolution on January 13.[30] He voted against the Republican-sponsored objections to Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes, thus helping to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election.[31] In May, he voted against forming the January 6 commission to investigate the attack.[32]

On July 19, 2022, Steil and 46 other Republican Representatives voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify the right to same-sex marriage in federal law.[33]

Steil is the House Administration Chairman.[34] In this role, he helped oust the scandal-plagued Capitol official Brett Blanton.[35]

Personal life[edit]

Steil is a Catholic.[25] In November 2020, he tested positive for COVID-19.[36] Steil was born and raised in Janesville and attended Janesville Craig High School, Georgetown University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.[37]

Electoral history[edit]

Year Election Date Elected Defeated Total Plurality
2018 Primary[38] Aug. 14 Bryan Steil Republican 30,885 51.52% Nick Polce Rep. 8,945 14.93% 59,942 21,940
Paul Nehlen Rep. 6,638 11.07%
Kevin Adam Steen Rep. 6,262 10.45%
Jeremy Ryan Rep. 6,226 10.39%
Brad Boivin Rep. 924 1.54%
General[39] Nov. 6 Bryan Steil Republican 177,492 54.56% Randy Bryce Dem. 137,508 42.27% 325,317 39,984
Ken Yorgan Ind. 10,006 3.08%
2020 General[40] Nov. 3 Bryan Steil (inc) Republican 238,271 59.31% Roger Polack Dem. 163,170 40.61% 401,754 75,101
2022 General[41] Nov. 8 Bryan Steil (inc) Republican 162,610 54.05% Ann Roe Dem. 135,825 45.14% 300,867 26,785
Charles E. Barman Ind. 2,247 0.75%


  1. ^ a b "Wisconsin New Members 2019". The Hill. November 15, 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Republican Bryan Steil Launches Campaign For Ryan's Congressional Seat". WGTD. 22 April 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Guida, Bill (August 6, 2018). "Steil outlines his positions on the issues". Kenosha News. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Richmond, Todd (October 14, 2018). "GOP pins hopes for keeping Ryan's Wisconsin seat on Ryan 2.0". Associated Press. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  5. ^ Bice, Daniel (November 1, 2018). "GOP candidate Bryan Steil rejects claims of anti-Semitism, outsourcing by Randy Bryce campaign". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gannett. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Meyerhofer, Kelly (November 12, 2018). "Some seats have opened up on the UW System Board of Regents. Who will fill them?". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Executive Appointment: Steil, Bryan". Wisconsin State Legislature. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  8. ^ "Wisconsin Primary Election Results: First House District". The New York Times. 16 August 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  9. ^ "Wisconsin Elections Commission Official Results 2018 Partisan Primary" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Randy Bryce, Bryan Steil To Face Off In Race To Replace US Rep. Paul Ryan". Wisconsin Public Radio. 2018-08-14. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  11. ^ Glauber, Bill (August 15, 2018). "With three tweets, Donald Trump endorses Leah Vukmir, Bryan Steil and Scott Walker". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gannett. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  12. ^ Schwartz, Brian (June 18, 2018). "Paul Ryan endorses GOP front-runner Steil for his house seat, vows fundraising help". CNBC. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  13. ^ "Wisconsin Election Results: First House District". The New York Times. 28 January 2019. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  14. ^ "AP: Bryan Steil wins re-election in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District". CBS58. Retrieved 2022-08-13.
  15. ^ "Homepage of Republican Governance Group". Republican Governance Group. December 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "Lawmakers Launch Caucus to Address Emerging Tech's Impact on Work". Nextgov.com. 15 January 2020. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  17. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  18. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Archived from the original on August 26, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "Featured Members". Problem Solvers Caucus. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  20. ^ "Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute".
  21. ^ "Bryan Steil on Gun Control". On the Issues. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  22. ^ Torres, Ricardo (September 30, 2019). "Racine residents attend town hall on gun violence to find solutions, express frustrations". The Journal Times. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  23. ^ "Steil on 'UpFront' says U.S. needs to strike trade agreements with allies". WisPolitics. August 26, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  24. ^ Rogan, Adam (21 Feb 2022). "Build wall first, then fix 'broken legal immigration system'". Racine Journal Times. Retrieved 30 April 2024.
  25. ^ a b Torres, Ricardo (January 4, 2019). "Steil sworn in; 'Wall is a key component' on border security". The Journal Times. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  26. ^ Vetterkind, Riley (January 3, 2020). "Wisconsin congressional Republicans sign brief asking U.S. Supreme court to reconsider Roe v. Wade". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  27. ^ "VoteSpotter: Notice Detail". votespotter.com. Archived from the original on 2021-05-25. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  28. ^ "H.R. 133: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [Including Coronavirus Stimulus & ... -- House Vote #251 -- Dec 21, 2020". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  29. ^ "STEIL STATEMENT ON U.S. CAPITOL". United States Congressman Bryan Steil. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  30. ^ "STEIL VOTES AGAINST IMPEACHMENT". United States Congressman Bryan Steil. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  31. ^ "DC Wrap: Tiffany, Fitzgerald oppose electoral votes as Congress finalizes Biden's win in bipartisan vote". WisPolitics.com. 2021-01-07. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  32. ^ Schultz, Frank (2021-05-20). "Rep. Steil explains vote on Jan. 6 commission". Janesville Gazette. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  33. ^ Schnell, Mychael (July 19, 2022). "These are the 47 House Republicans who voted for a bill protecting marriage equality". The Hill. Retrieved July 25, 2022.
  34. ^ "Trouble deepens for Architect of the Capitol as Kevin McCarthy calls for firing". Roll Call. 2023-02-13. Retrieved 2023-03-07.
  35. ^ Carney, Jordain (22 February 2023). "Jan. 6, election security and scandal: Congress' sleepiest committee heats up". POLITICO. Retrieved 2023-03-07.
  36. ^ Steil, Bryan (22 November 2020). "Bryan Steil statement on COVID-19 test". Twitter.
  37. ^ "Meet the Chairman". Republican Committee on House Admin. 2019-08-21. Retrieved 2023-03-07.
  38. ^ Canvass Results for 2018 Partisan Primary - 8/14/2018 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. August 31, 2018. pp. 9–10. Retrieved April 6, 2024.
  39. ^ Canvass Results for 2018 General Election - 11/6/2018 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. February 22, 2019. p. 3. Retrieved April 6, 2024.
  40. ^ Canvass Results for 2020 General Election - 11/3/2020 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. November 18, 2020. p. 2. Retrieved April 6, 2024.
  41. ^ Canvass Results for 2022 General Election - 11/8/2022 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. November 30, 2022. p. 2. Retrieved April 6, 2024.

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from Wisconsin's 1st congressional district

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