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Sensenbrenner to Serve as House Manager for Porteous Impeachment

~Only Member in History to Serve as House Manager for 4 Impeachment Trials~

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Washington, March 11, 2010 | Wendy Riemann ((202) 225-5101) | comments

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously today in support of all four articles of impeachment for Judge G. Thomas Porteous, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) joined the House in voting in favor of House Resolution 1031, impeaching Porteous for high crimes and misdemeanors.   


Sensenbrenner was selected to serve as one of the five House Managers who will try the case in the Senate after the resolution passed.  Porteous’ trial will mark the fourth time Sensenbrenner has been selected by the House to serve as a House Manager for an impeachment trial in the Senate.  Sensenbrenner is the only Member in history to be selected as the House Manager for four impeachment trials.  Prior to this selection, Sensenbrenner shared this distinction with former Texas Representative Hatton W. Sumners, who served as a House Manager for three separate judicial impeachment hearings.


“It is an honor for me to serve as a House Manager in the impeachment of Judge Porteous,” Sensenbrenner said.  “Judges take an oath to uphold the law and their robes do not grant them immunity.  Judge Porteous clearly violated the laws, and I hope we can work to restore the trust of the American people by quickly removing him from his position.  While the Senate has a lot going on right now, the Senate Majority leader has a responsibility to put Porteous’ removal from office on the docket.  Every day they delay, taxpayers are paying for him to do nothing, and risk him returning to the bench on September 10, 2010, after his current suspension is over.”  


Earlier this Congress, Sensenbrenner was selected as a House Manager for the impeachment of U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent of the Southern District of Texas.  Kent pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting members of his staff and is now serving a 33-month prison sentence. 


Sensenbrenner previously served as the House Manager for the impeachment of federal judge Walter Nixon and the impeachment of President William Jefferson Clinton.  He previously filed impeachment resolutions against former federal judges Alcee Hastings, Walter Nixon and Manuel Real. 


According to the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives has the sole responsibility of impeachment.  The U.S. Senate holds the power to remove someone from office. 


On January 21, after an extensive investigation and a series of hearings, the Judiciary Committee voted in favor of referring the four articles of impeachment to the House for its consideration. 


Sensenbrenner currently serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.



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