Bryan Steil

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Bryan Steil
Steil Headshot.jpg
Ranking Member of the House Economic Disparity Committee
Assumed office
June 17, 2021
Preceded byPosition established
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byPaul Ryan
Personal details
Born
Bryan George Steil

(1981-03-03) March 3, 1981 (age 41)
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 politician serving as the U.S. representative for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.

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]

Elections[edit]

2018[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]

2020[edit]

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

Tenure[edit]

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 and wants price transparency in the medical industry.[24] Steil is an opponent of abortion and supports overturning Roe v. Wade.[25] 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.[26] 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.[27]

On January 6, 2021, Steil condemned the 2021 United States Capitol attack,[28] but did not call for Trump's removal from office, voting against the subsequent impeachment resolution on January 13.[29] 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.[30] In May, he voted against forming the January 6 commission to investigate the attack.[31]

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.[32]

Electoral history[edit]

2018[edit]

Wisconsin's 1st congressional district election, 2018 Republican primary[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bryan Steil 30,883 51.6
Republican Nick Polce 8,945 14.9
Republican Paul Nehlen 6,635 11.1
Republican Kevin Adam Steen 6,262 10.5
Republican Jeremy Ryan 6,221 10.4
Republican Brad Boivin 924 1.5
Total votes 59,870 100.0
Wisconsin's 1st congressional district election, 2018 general election
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bryan Steil 177,492 54.6
Democratic Randy Bryce 137,508 42.2
Independent Ken Yorgan 10,006 3.1
Independent Joseph Kexel (write-in) 7 0.0
Write-in 304 0.1
Total votes 325,317 100.0
Republican hold

2020[edit]

Wisconsin's 1st congressional district election, 2020 Republican primary results[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bryan Steil (incumbent) 40,273 100.0
Total votes 40,273 100.0
Wisconsin's 1st congressional district election, 2020 general election[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bryan Steil (incumbent) 238,271 59.3
Democratic Roger Polack 163,170 40.6
Write-in 313 0.1
Total votes 401,754 100.0
Republican hold

Personal life[edit]

Steil is a Catholic.[24] In November 2020, he tested positive for COVID-19.[36]

References[edit]

  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. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  9. ^ "Wisconsin Elections Commission Official Results 2018 Partisan Primary" (PDF).
  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. 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. ^ "Steil Named to Task Force on Financial Technology". Representative Bryan Steil. May 9, 2019.
  16. ^ "Homepage of Republican Governance Group". Republican Governance Group. December 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Lawmakers Launch Caucus to Address Emerging Tech's Impact on Work". Nextgov.com. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  18. ^ "Membership". Republican Study Committee. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  19. ^ "Members". Republican Mains Street Partnership. Archived from the original on August 26, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
  20. ^ "Featured Members". Problem Solvers Caucus. Retrieved 2021-03-28.
  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. ^ 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.
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ "VoteSpotter: Notice Detail". votespotter.com. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  27. ^ "H.R. 133: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [Including Coronavirus Stimulus & ... -- House Vote #251 -- Dec 21, 2020". GovTrack.us. Retrieved 2021-05-25.
  28. ^ "STEIL STATEMENT ON U.S. CAPITOL". United States Congressman Bryan Steil. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  29. ^ "STEIL VOTES AGAINST IMPEACHMENT". United States Congressman Bryan Steil. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  30. ^ "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.
  31. ^ Schultz, Frank (2021-05-20). "Rep. Steil explains vote on Jan. 6 commission". Janesville Gazette. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  32. ^ 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.
  33. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah; Bloch, Matthew; Lee, Jasmine C. (14 August 2018). "Wisconsin Primary Election Results". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  34. ^ "2020 Fall Partisan Primary Results" (PDF). Wisconsin Elections Commission. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  35. ^ "Canvass Results for 2020 General Election" (PDF). Wisconsin Elections Commission. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  36. ^ Steil, Bryan (22 November 2020). "Bryan Steil statement on COVID-19 test". Twitter.

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from Wisconsin's 1st congressional district

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