|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Wisconsin's 6th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Tom Petri|
|Member of the Wisconsin Senate|
from the 20th district
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Mary Panzer|
|Succeeded by||Duey Stroebel|
|Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly|
January 5, 2003 – January 3, 2005
|Preceded by||Michael A. Lehman|
|Succeeded by||Patricia Strachota|
December 16, 1993 – January 5, 2003
|Preceded by||Mary Panzer|
|Succeeded by||Daniel LeMahieu|
|Born||July 3, 1955|
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Education||University of Wisconsin–Madison (BBA, JD)|
Glenn S. Grothman (//; born July 3, 1955) is an American attorney and politician serving as the U.S. representative from Wisconsin's 6th congressional district. A member of the Republican Party, he was first elected to his seat in 2014.
Grothman represented the 58th district in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1993 until 2005 and was vice chair of the Assembly's Republican caucus from 1999 to 2004. He represented the 20th district in the Wisconsin Senate from 2005 to 2015, and was the assistant majority leader from 2011 to 2015.
Early life and education
Grothman graduated from Homestead High School in Mequon in 1973. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a BBA degree. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1983, was admitted to the bar, and became an attorney with a firm in West Bend, Wisconsin.
Grothman was elected to the Wisconsin 58th Assembly District in a special election in December 1993, and was reelected five times, from 1994 to 2002. From 1999 to 2004, he was the Assembly Majority Caucus Vice Chair.
In 2004, Grothman ran for the state senate seat in the 20th district, challenging State Senate Majority Leader Mary Panzer in the Republican primary. The district included the city of West Bend, other parts of Washington County, and parts of Fond du Lac, Dodge, Sheboygan, and Ozaukee Counties.
Running well to Panzer's right, Grothman won the nomination with 79% of the vote to Panzer's 21%. He was unopposed in the general election in the heavily Republican district, and reelected in 2008 and 2012.
From 2007 to 2008, Grothman was the Senate Minority Caucus Chair. He became the assistant Republican leader in 2009, serving as assistant minority leader from 2009 to 2010 and as assistant majority leader from 2011 to 2015.
Grothman was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
2011 Wisconsin budget protests
Grothman was a vocal proponent of SB11, a controversial bill proposed by Governor Scott Walker in early 2011. He said he supported the so-called budget repair bill because it was fiscally responsible. In a press interview, he said he did not "find it impressive" that over 70,000 protesters had marched on the Capitol.
During the protests, Grothman was cornered by almost 200 pro-union protesters yelling "Shame! Shame!" outside the Capitol. He said he was not concerned about violence at the time, adding, "They're loud, they'll give you the finger, and they yell at you, but I really think deep down inside they're just mostly college kids having fun, just like they're having fun sleeping with their girlfriends on air mattresses. That's the guts of that crowd." He also called the protesters "a different breed of person" and "a bunch of slobs taking up the building."
During this time, Grothman advocated that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources hire more business-friendly people. In doing so, he went out of his way to single out one University of Wisconsin campus as a target: "Maybe you look to hire those people who know what the real world is like, rather than a recent graduate from UW-Stevens Point who doesn't know what the real world is like." This was only days before he appeared at UW–Stevens Point with the Joint Finance Committee for a day of hearings on Walker's budget bill.
Grothman was subject to a recall effort in the spring of 2011, but the effort failed, collecting only 75% of the required signatures.
U.S. House of Representatives
On April 3, 2014, Grothman announced he would run in that year's Republican primary for Wisconsin's 6th congressional district against 17-term incumbent Tom Petri. He positioned himself well to Petri's right; in his campaign announcement he called Petri a "decent, genial person" who lacked the "sense of urgency" to put more curbs on "a federal government that seems to be out of control." Grothman did not have to give up his state senate seat to run for Congress; state senators serve staggered four-year terms, and he was not up for reelection until 2016. Shortly after Grothman entered the race, Petri dropped out.
Grothman's longtime home in West Bend was in the 5th District, represented by Jim Sensenbrenner, but his state senate district included much of the southeastern part of the 6th congressional district. In the summer of 2014, Grothman moved to Campellsport, a suburb of Fond du Lac, which is in the 6th District.
In the general election, Grothman defeated the Democratic nominee, Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, with 57% of the vote to Harris's 41%.
Grothman was reelected over Democratic nominee Sarah Lloyd, getting 57% of the vote to Lloyd's 37%.
Grothman was reelected over Democratic nominee Dan Kohl, getting 55.5% of the vote to Kohl's 44.5%.
Grothman was reelected over Democratic nominee Jessica King, getting 59.23% of the vote to King's 40.72%.
On August 5, 2022, Grothman confirmed he is running for reelection.
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Education and the Workforce
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Joint Economic Committee
The Washington Post has described Grothman as "a shambling, strident conservative with a Trumpian tell-it-like-it-is streak who typically votes with the House GOP leadership". According to Axios in October 2020, Grothman had a "Trump Loyalty Index" – measuring both his congressional votes and public reaction to certain statements from President Donald Trump – of 93, higher than any other member of Congress.
Grothman said Governor Scott Walker should defund Wisconsin's kindergarten program for 4-year-olds, saying that any academic benefits disappear by fourth grade. Politifact rated this "False", writing, "Some studies reached that conclusion. But Grothman is citing one small portion of a much broader debate and declaring the whole matter settled when there is considerable evidence on the other side."
Grothman is a longtime supporter of concealed carry legislation, but does not advocate allowing concealed weapons in taverns. He believes concealed carry laws will deter criminal behavior, with permits being given to law-abiding citizens who pass a gun safety course.
Speaking in support of Walker's decision to repeal the Wisconsin Equal Pay Act, Grothman said that the alleged pay differential is explainable: "Once you break it down by married and unmarried, the differential disappears." A study by the American Association of University Women in 2007 found that life choices and family circumstances explain only part of the difference in pay between genders. Grothman rejected that study and added, "You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true."
Grothman opposed a provision in a 2010 sex education law that prohibited teachers from promoting bias based on sexual orientation, saying he did not believe the topic should be discussed at all in public schools. According to the Capitol Times, Grothman's opposition was based on the belief that instructors who lead these talks would have what he called an "agenda" to persuade students to become gay. He postulated that "Part of that agenda which is left unsaid is that some of those who throw it out as an option would like it if more kids became homosexuals."
In April 2014, Grothman said that he was concerned about what God might think of the United States after Secretary of State John Kerry announced plans to send scientists to Uganda in response to a new law against homosexuality; Grothman described Kerry's plans as a way "to say how wonderful the homosexual lifestyle is" and said Republicans, conservatives, and church leaders were not confronting the issue of homosexuality and were "losing the issue": "We had such a great country in the relatively recent past. Now America, supposed to be the light of the world, instead we're the light going in the opposite direction."
In 2015, Grothman cosponsored a resolution to amend the US constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Grothman also cosponsored a resolution disagreeing with the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage bans violated the constitution.
In a December 2012 press release, Grothman said that Kwanzaa is not a real holiday: "Of course, almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa—just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people's throats in an effort to divide Americans."
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Grothman has argued that Martin Luther King Jr. Day should not be a state employee holiday, calling it "an insult to all the other taxpayers around the state." He has expressed doubts that "state workers would be 'checking out DVDs or reading books' about King", saying they "would probably just be out shopping or watching television instead."
Municipal water chlorination
Grothman co-sponsored Senate Bill 19 (2011), which removes the requirement of mandatory chlorination of groundwater in municipal water systems. The bill was supported by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.
In February 2012, Grothman introduced Senate Bill 507, which would amend Wisconsin statutes to emphasize non-marital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect. Politifact investigated his claim that kids living with a parent and parent's partner are "20 times" more likely to be sexually abused, and rated it True.
He also sponsored State Bill 202, which would have repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act, saying that the "Left and the social welfare establishment want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government."
Grothman opposed a bill that would increase funding for anti-smoking programs from $10 million to $30 million, saying that anti-smoking campaigns do not work and are no longer necessary. "Everybody knows you're not supposed to smoke!", he wrote. Grothman also voted against the ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other small business that became effective in July 2010. After the bill passed, he introduced new legislation to allow lodging establishments, such as hotels, to designate certain rooms as smoking rooms; the bill failed. He also co-sponsored a bill to exempt electronic cigarettes from the smoking ban.
In June 2013, Grothman proposed changing Wisconsin's welfare system to require that nondisabled single adults either work 20 hours per week or attend 20 hours of job training per week to continue receiving FoodShare benefits.
During a debate on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Grothman made reference on the House floor to the Black Lives Matter website for once stating "We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure". He also claimed that President Joe Biden′s inauguration speech was divisive.
In October 2016, Grothman was featured in the "People Who Somehow Got Elected" segment on HBO's program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The segment made reference to Grothman's controversial comments about women and race during his time as an elected official.
Wisconsin Assembly, 59th district (1992–2000)
|1993||Primary||November 9||Glenn Grothman||Republican||3,121||52.41%||Betty Pearson||Rep.||1,408||23.64%||5,955||1,713|
|William S. Reid||Rep.||389||6.53%|
|Ruth A. Schmitt||Rep.||214||3.59%|
|Mark A. Helmle||Rep.||103||1.73%|
|Special||December 7||Glenn Grothman||Republican||3,410||78.70%||Richard M. Buntrock||Ind.||624||14.40%||4,333||2,786|
|1994||General||November 8||Glenn Grothman (inc.)||Republican||13,222||100.0%||13,222||13,222|
|1996||General||November 5||Glenn Grothman (inc.)||Republican||18,216||100.0%||18,216||18,216|
|1998||General||November 3||Glenn Grothman (inc.)||Republican||15,074||100.0%||15,074||15,074|
|2000||General||November 7||Glenn Grothman (inc.)||Republican||22,729||98.98%||22,964||22,494|
Wisconsin Assembly, 59th district (2002)
|2002||General||November 5||Glenn Grothman||Republican||14,032||99.48%||14,105||13,959|
Wisconsin Senate (2004, 2008, 2012)
|2004||Primary||September 14||Glenn Grothman||Republican||27,732||78.84%||Mary Panzer (inc.)||Rep.||7,430||21.12%||35,175||20,302|
|General||November 2||Glenn Grothman||Republican||75,424||99.15%||76,073||74,775|
|2008||General||November 4||Glenn Grothman (inc.)||Republican||69,942||80.26%||Clyde Winter||Ind.||17,113||19.64%||87,146||52,829|
|2012||General||November 6||Glenn Grothman (inc.)||Republican||66,882||68.63%||Tanya Lohr||Dem.||30,504||31.30%||97,460||36,378|
U.S. House of Representatives (2014–2020)
|2014||Primary||August 12||Glenn Grothman||Republican||23,247||36.16%||Joe Leibham||Rep.||23,028||35.82%||64,295||219|
|General||November 4||Glenn Grothman||Republican||169,767||56.77%||Mark L. Harris||Dem.||122,212||40.87%||299,033||47,555|
|2016||General||November 8||Glenn Grothman (inc.)||Republican||204,147||57.15%||Sarah Lloyd||Dem.||133,072||37.26%||357,183||71,075|
|2018||General||November 6||Glenn Grothman (inc.)||Republican||180,311||55.47%||Dan Kohl||Dem.||144,536||44.46%||325,065||35,775|
|2020||General||November 3||Glenn Grothman (inc.)||Republican||238,874||59.23%||Jessica King||Dem.||164,239||40.72%||403,333||74,635|
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