James Daniel "Jim" Jordan (born February 17, 1964, Urbana, Ohio) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 4th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is located in the north-central portion of the state and includes Lima, Findlay, Mansfield, Kenton, Sidney and Bellefontaine, Ohio.
Early life, education and career
Jordan was born and raised in Champaign County, Ohio and attended Graham High School, graduating in 1982. While at Graham, he was a four-time state wrestling champion with a career record of 150-1. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1986, obtaining his bachelor's degree in Economics and was a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion.
In the 1985 NCAA championship match, Jordan defeated future two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion, John Smith. He later earned a master's degree in Education from the Ohio State University in Columbus, and in 2001 obtained his law degree from Capital University, also in Columbus. Before entering politics, he was an assistant wrestling coach with the Ohio State University wrestling program.
Jordan was first elected to the Ohio General Assembly in November 1994 and went on to serve three terms as State Representative of the 85th Ohio House District. In 1996, he offered an amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill that limited the amount of time that an able-bodied individual could remain on welfare. He also created the Income Tax Reduction Fund, which required that any state revenue surpluses be used to lower the income tax burden on Ohioans rather than be used for further government spending.
In 2000, he won a seat in the Ohio Senate by defeating independent candidate Jack Kaffenberger by a vote of 88 percent to 12 percent.
In 2004, Jordan defeated Kaffenberger again, this time by a smaller margin of 79 percent to 21 percent. In May 2006, Jordan won the Republican primary race for the 4th Congressional district of Ohio. He also won a 100% lifetime rating from the Ohio Taxpayers Association, which endorsed Jordan in his bid for Congress.
Jordan was named Watchdog of the Treasury (1996, 2000, 2004), Outstanding Legislator Award (2004), Outstanding Freshman Legislator (1996), Friend of the Taxpayer (1997), and Pro-Life Legislator of the Year (1998) by the United Conservatives of Ohio, the Defender of Life award from the Ohio Right to Life Society, and the 2001 Leadership in Government Award from the Ohio Roundtable and Freedom Forum. Additionally, Senate President Bill Harris appointed Jordan to be the chairman of the Senate Judiciary on Criminal Justice Committee.
U.S. House of Representatives
Jordan won the Republican primary for the 4th District in 2006 after 26-year incumbent Mike Oxley announced his retirement.
He defeated Democrat Rick Siferd in the general election, 60% to 40%. Despite the strong anti-Republican mood in Ohio that year, Jordan benefited from the district's heavy Republican tilt. The 4th has long been considered the most Republican district in Ohio. He was reelected in 2008, defeating Democrat Mike Carroll 65% to 35%.
Jordan will chair the Republican Study Committee starting in 2011. He was elected over Representative Louie Gohmert, who was backed by several tea party groups.
Jordan reportedly turned down a position on the Appropriations Committee.
Jordan has been the leading Republican critic of Speaker John Boehner's plan to raise the debt ceiling.
While serving in the Ohio Senate, he supported the Tax and Expenditure Limitation Amendment, a state constitutional amendment that would require a vote of the people in order to raise taxes or increase spending over certain limits.
In Congress, Jordan is among the most conservative Republicans, earning a perfect score from the American Conservative Union. He has voted consistently for anti-abortion legislation.
Jordan has been a leading critic of President Barack Obama's Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) program, advocating for its shut-down.
Jordan and his wife Polly live with their four children near Urbana in central Champaign County.
January 13th, 2012